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Mother of fallen soldier is an American hero too


The Standard Times (Rhode Island)

Cindy Sheehan is a woman to be emulated.

Sheehan is the mother of fallen soldier Casey A. Sheehan. He was just 24 years old and in Iraq a matter of days when he and seven soldiers were killed. Their units were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire south of Baghdad.

Whether you are anti-war or pro-war, Cindy Sheehan's devotion is to be admired.

Since her son's death in April of 2004, Sheehan has traveled the country protesting the war. Earlier this week she spoke to an audience of 200 at Christ the King Church. She has worked diligently to put a name and a face to at least one life the war has claimed.

It's easy for people with nothing immediate on the line in Iraq to sit back and share sentiments about how we need to "spread democracy around the world," or "fight them over there so we don't have to over here."

It's easy to make statements from the cheap seats.
Though truth may ring in these phrases, Cindy Sheehan after having lost her son, has in a way been put on the front lines, not the cheap seats.

Involuntarily placed there she has vowed to never let her son be forgotten.

An average of two American soldiers die each day in Iraq, yet often news reports will focus on the stock market or even a traffic tie-up, leaving the soldiers to be in a sense anonymous.

Sheehan wants everyone to know Casey was an older brother to both a sister and brother, and he was a son with a loving mother and father.

Because she will cope with war's lasting influence until her very own last days, Sheehan will tirelessly question and protest American soldiers' presence in Iraq.

It gives people comfort to think their loved ones died for a good cause. As it pertains to the war in Iraq, this sentiment may in fact be true.

But Cindy Sheehan refuses to take comfort. It's because she feels anything but comfort, that she travels the country to talk about her son and why he died.

It's been said, "A society of sheep must in time beget a Government of wolves."

Nobody will call Cindy Sheehan a sheep.

The woman is all lion.

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The Golden Rule

On 9-11 the world awoke to terror in the sky.
The tower’s fell, and opened hell, 3000 people died.
Men’s hearts began to fail them, as the anthrax filled the air.
The Church filled with the terrorized, the guilty, and despair.

With mushroom clouds, and chemicals, and poison gas to fear,
We’re told that we must kill them there, before they kill us here.
We’re told they hate our freedom. Our preachers say it’s clear.
We must go and kill our enemies, for the end of time is near.

Terrorized by guilt men would confess their sins to men,
Then turn away from reason, and commit these sins again.
Anger turns to hatred, and our leaders tell us why,
If we don’t go and kill them first, surely we will die.

Fear has gripped the minds of men, and anger’s turned to rage,
Reducing us to something that belongs in a cage.
Unthinking now, and orthodox, we follow where we’re led,
With blinders on to innocence, not counting our own dead.

The doctrine of preemptive strike is now the rule of law.
We watch it from our easy chairs, they call it “shock and awe.

I think we are witnessing a new gold rush, substitute the American West with the Middle East and gold with oil and it all seems pretty cut and dry. The oil traders, attorneys, and corporate heads in BushCo. are going to drag this one out to the very end. Considering the fact that other reliable forms of energy already exist and are currently in use around the globe, it's obvious that they want to continue down the road of oil until we run out; look at Europe, they have been supplementing their oil use and electrical generation for quite some time. Our government and our citizens need to get on the ball. Bush will not pull out of Iraq until they have built high walls topped with razor wire around the oilfields over there. Why the heck is oil so important? Is it because oil is the only economy base that the administration understands anymore? Are they not at all prepared for a change? Do they think that the rest of the world is going to sit idly by and continue to use the oil they capture while waiting until America is ready to convert? They can make money from new energy technologies and the industries that those technologies will bring about just as easily (and seamlessly, if conversion starts before the supply of oil really begins it's decline), not to mention the fact that there are a multitude of new energy patents which are currently owned by the big oil companies (which they hide away from the rest of us, every corporation has got to have it's trade secrets).

I often wonder what it's like to be addicted to money the way that this administration is. Money is their drug, they are so addicted to the current economy and the money they grab from it that they have gone to war with the Middle East to ensure that they are controlling the global oil economy until the last drop goes through the pipelines. The desire to be in control of the final decline of oil, if done from a humanitarian angle (saving our economy and people from possible end-of era regression) could be looked at from the perspective that the end justifies the means, but when done in the manner that BushCo. has, (lying, covering up or otherwise changing facts, ignoring questions asked of it's citizens and press) it seems more along the lines of deceitful corporate money-grabbing and self interest. If they don't act soon the aforementioned patents the energy corporations hold wont mean squat. It's going to take a good amount of the remaining oil to fabricate the opening salvo of new industrial machinery and the equipment necessary to convert, being that it currently takes the usage of oil to allow today's industry to function. Considering the track record of the administration, it's unlikely that they have any such plan in mind. They are far too unwilling to listen to reason, and why should they? They are here for the quick money, the easy money that they are accustomed to and so enamored by.

If our country could either get off the current electricity grids and create one hundred percent of the power our homes consume or enact a law requiring our utility companies to make the switch then it seems to me that would cut our dependence on oil by nearly half which would allow for more time to develop new resources for transportation. It would be optimal to convert both utilities and transportation on a concurrent time frame, however there would be less shake up within the global economy if one commitment was executed prior to the other. Some companies, like Toyota have their own time frame, they have announced an additional 10 hybrid vehicles to their lineup over the next decade, seen here: http://biz.yahoo.com/usat/050803/13023716.html?.v=2. Maybe we'll all be able to buy John Deere wind generators from Home Depot in the near future! Not really soon enough, but Deere is doing something nonetheless. Here's a bit from Renewable Energy Access: http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=34959.

-Ben
bentpatriot@yahoo.com

I think we are witnessing a new gold rush

Looked at in historical perspective, there really is nothing that is the least bit unusual or surprising about recent U.S. actions. Whether it's a land grab, a gold rush, a corporate protection racket, or just a "splendid little war" to improve Hearst newspaper sales, American troops have frequently been sent to die for purely selfish motives.

The quote U.S. Marine General Smedley: "I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purifly Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-12. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras "right" for American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested... . Looking back on it, I feel I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three city districts. We Marines operated on three continents."

Iraq is merely the latest in a long series of such (mis)uses of American military force and the sacrifice of its "cannon fodder" by those who actually control the U.S. government.

Thank you for publically expressing your pain and anger, and for the time and energy you spend on this cause. God be with you in Dallas this weekend.

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