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Cindy Sheehan's Speech in Dallas


The Veterans for Peace National Convention wraps up today at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

Thursday and Friday saw the vets check-in, and attend workshops that varied from Stan Goff’s ‘Gender & Militarism’ to ‘Speaking Truth to Power’ which featured Ann Wright, Coleen Rowley, and Jesselyn Radack.

Friday night featured keynote speakers and entertainers at Lynch Hall, on campus. They all had great things to say, and Cindy Sheehan was no exception.

Here is what she had to say:

Cindy Sheehan: It’s so great to be here.

Last year when you guys had your convention in Boston, my son had only been dead a few months, and we were really honored because the Santa Barbara chapter took my daughter’s poem A Nation Rocked to Sleep, (and they did it again this year), and I remember Michael Cervantes, he brought the booklet over to our house and showed it to us, and I never dreamed in a year I’d be standing here in front of you as one of the speakers at your convention, I never dreamed I’d be doing this at all, but isn’t it weird what life hands you…

I never heard about Veterans for until, I can tell you the exact day I heard about VFP, it was May 4th, 2004, and my son had been dead exactly a month, and I was watching CNN, and something came on, it was a report on Arlington West in Santa Barbara, and we lived about 6 hours north of Santa Barbara, and it was the May 4th before Mother’s Day, which was May 8th, and VFP was going to put it up on Sunday, every Sunday, so I called my husband and I said, “There’s only one place I want to be on Mother’s Day this year, I want to be at Santa Barbara. I want to go and see Arlington West.

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YOU LYING COWARD, COME OUT AND FACE EVERYONE HERE!!!!!!!! READ THE LETTERS, SEE WHAT I WROTE TO YOU AGAIN GEORGE, YOU LIAR!!!!!!!

"Dear Mr. President,

It is time for this war in Iraq to end as it has been based on complete fiction. Mr. President, you said that Iraq and 9/11 were linked together. You have later admitted that was a lie. Why do you continue to foster this lie upon the American people?

We're not stupid. We see through the bullshit, and further understand why you are lying. Why don't you come out of your delusion in that ranch on Texas, and see Cindy Sheehan directly?

http://www.downingstreetmemo.com

Sir this proves you are a very bad liar, and that the Vice President has been actively promoting these lies. You nonetheless stated 6 days ago that our people have died for a noble cause.

Why don't you come out of your Texas house and tell the American people, including Cindy Sheehan what that noble cause is?

Her son would like to know what he died for, and so would she. My entire close knit group of friends went to Iraq because they thought it was going to defend freedom, but evidently that was a complete lie and now they are dead.

Did you know they can not come back to life? What are you hiding Mr. President? America asked you for answers, so honor the dead and honor those who have gone on. Tell them what they have really died for.

Tell them all that they died in order for your second in command to get his oil. I not only dare you, I strongly ask you now!!!!!!!!!

Stop being a coward and confront us, give us the truth!!!!!!!! The lives of all demand it, and they demand it right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Who are these deceitful evil greedy people that you keep around you?

http://www.newamericancentury.org/

Why do they want a NEW WORLD ORDER? Mr. President, if you are a criminal then admit it to America!!!!!!!!! Hang your head in shame for selling yourself out, and being blackmailed by these traitors to our American soil!!!!!!!!

You said your mission must be for god, then wake UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The fundamentalist teachings of christ, teach us we must follow one road and never falter. We must stay true to what we believe, and never question. This is WRONG!!!!!!!! The real teachings of christ tell us that we must follow our own gut, and our internal feelings of what god really wants. God does not really want the Iraq war, and you know this!!!!!!!!!!!!! So stop the lies, stop the game, it is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Give up this horrible twisted belief that has consumed you, and turn yourself over so that the truth can be known!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They have taken our flag Mr. President, and spit upon it. These traitors in Project For New American Century do not represent any type of god!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They are angry, hateful vengeful people who only know greed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They have stripped you of your powers, and made you into a foolish gambit. Get out of this delusional fantasy of theirs, and stand up for yourself!!!!!!!!!!!! It is time to come clean with the American people, and tell everyone in Texas what has happened so that we can heal this country and stop the bigotry and hate in its tracks for good now.

Read their mission statement:

"Of course, the United States must be prudent in how it exercises its power. But we cannot safely avoid the responsibilities of global leadership or the costs that are associated with its exercise. America has a vital role in maintaining peace and security in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If we shirk our responsibilities, we invite challenges to our fundamental interests. The history of the 20th century should have taught us that it is important to shape circumstances before crises emerge, and to meet threats before they become dire. The history of this century should have taught us to embrace the cause of American leadership.

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global
responsibilities today and modernize our armed forces for the future;

• we need to strengthen our ties to democratic allies and to challenge regimes hostile to our interests and values;

• we need to promote the cause of political and economic freedom abroad;

• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in preserving and extending an international order friendly to our security, our prosperity, and our principles.

Such a Reaganite policy of military strength and moral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the successes of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness in the next."
http://www.newamericancentury.org/statementofprinciples.htm

Mr. President, they wanted you and the USA to become police for the entire world and take over as the world's only superpower. They did not care whatsoever about whether it was in God's interest, neither whether democracy was brought about or not. Their only concern has been to take over the entire world's economic policy, and have control of all of its resources to suit its interests.

Mr. President, freedom will never be spread this way. They are full of hate and greed, and a twisted form of Israel policy. You must come clean with the American people!!!! Reject their form of government and tell us the truth and admit what you have done!!!!!!!!!!! Come out President Bush, we're here until the end!!!!!!!!!!!

Doug Eldritch"

NO MORE WAR. It is over, just like VIETNAM. END THE WAR NOW, and for the last time, give up being a crook!!!!!!!!! THE WHOLE CHENEY CRIME GAME SYNIDCATE IS OVER, YOU HEAR ME, OVER!!!!!!

PNAC IS OFFICIALLY THROUGH!!!!!!!!

Explosive DOCUMENTS reveal the PNAC coverup!!!!!!

GET OUT AND FACE US!!!!!!!!

Doug E.

Right on sister! Keep saying the truth!

CINDY -- RIGHT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

America wants and needs to hear truth?

Read Cindy's words, here, again:

“If you fall on the side that is pro-George, and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out.

I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death !
-Patrick Henry

That we are to stand by the president, right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. ~John Adams

If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.
-Thomas Paine

I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. War settles nothing. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

...That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

(continuing on)

...But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Depotism, IT IS THEIR RIGHT, IT IS THEIR DUTY, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Old words but very appropriate for today.

Fence sitting, which is another term for apathy, is beneath those who call themselves American citizens. Cindy points this out perfectly. Hop right or hop left---but get off the fence and stand on the ground of your convictions.

Carole

Cindy Sheehan is my hero even if I am one of the dogshit picker uppers.

Cindy,

I am with you in your pain. God bless you for being the voice in the wilderness. The press is controlled but they cannot totally ignore the fact they're losing viewers because they refuse to cover what is really important to our nation. You along with Congressman Conyers are taking the message to the the people of this nation. You are the voice that is telling us to wake up and take action.

If impeachment is not, perhaps a recall election. Thank you.

Cindy, we've heard what you believe, but what did your son believe in? He was a 24 year old man who signed his life over to the military. Not only once, but didn't he re-enlist? What were his feelings on the war? I just got back myself last year and after seeing the good, yes good, that was done there, I fully support this war effort. I may go back in Jan. and if called, I have no problem going back. I respect your views on the war, but using your son as a pawn is sick. If you can prove he would of supported your anti-war efforts,then I take everything back.

She said if you believe in this war get your butt over there & take care of bussiness.What are you doing here if you think there is one shread of evidence that the Iraqi people have done any harm to America.If the war is so important to you why didn't you volunteer to extend in country.A really dedicated patriot would not have come home until every Iraqi is dead,because we know they were responsable for 9-11 and were going to send drones on ships off the Atlantic coast to unleash all those nasty WMD'S,which they didn't have,on us.Take it from a VietNam vet,CuChi-1965-66,all those civilians you will or have seen die are going to be a curse the rest of your days.I sincerely hope you will be able to justify your actions & wish you the best in the coming years.Just be advised,your president lied to you about every reason he gave to have his war.

“If you fall on the side that is pro-George, and pro-war, you get your ass over to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home. And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against George Bush, stand up and speak out.

God Bless Cindy Sheehan, she is on the battlefield for good! I want to get involved and do WHATEVER I can.

I agree with most of what Cindy says about Iraq and W and I admire her bravery and tenacity. However, what does she mean by:

>get Israel out of Palestine

I don't know what this means LITERALLY. But it also suggests Cindy doesn't know much about the history of the region. She should probably stick to domestic politics IMHO.

Stop the lies and the killing now. We have killed far more innocnet Iraqi women and children than were killed by terrorists on September 11. For every innocent person we kill we are creating generations of terrorist, vowing to keep killing Americans-who attacked their country for ABSOLUTLEY NO REASON. Meanwhile US workers suffer with rising oil prices and jobs sent overseas. I sometimes feel like this is all a nightmare-I truly dont recognize this county i love so much. Bush is the worse preisdent in our country's history.

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