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Grieving mothers speak out against Iraq war


GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. - Her voice suddenly steadying, Mary Ann MacCombie blinked through her tears Thursday and took a very public stand against the war in Iraq that cost her son his life.

Surrounded by TV cameras and reporters, MacCombie blasted the U.S. involvement in Iraq in honor of her son, Sgt. Ryan Campbell, who was killed in April 2004 in a car bombing in south Iraq.

"It's too late for my son, but not for his best friend and thousands of other soldiers," said MacCombie, who was part of a procession of mothers that protested the war outside a veteran's hospital.

"It is time to answer the call and say no more pain, no more false leadership and no more war," said Patricia Roberts, whose son, Spc. Jamaal Rashard Addison, was killed in Iraq in March 2003.

Many in the crowd of 50 or so supporters held aloft signs proclaiming "I stand with Cindy Sheehan," the grieving mother camped outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch whose 24-year-old son was killed last year in Sadr City.

Sheehan, 48, has been camping out along a road near President Bush's ranch since Saturday, vowing to remain until his Texas vacation ends later this month.

Some demonstrators hoped Sheehan's stand would further illuminate what they called an "illegal war."

"My only wish right now is that I could be in Crawford, Texas now with Cindy," said Howard Wolf, a Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace.

MacCombie said she's disagreed with other mothers of soldiers in online chatrooms over her stance. But she and other demonstrators, some who brought their toddlers, said speaking against the war is just maternal instinct.

"I think they took the only stand you can take if you're a mother that has any conscience," said Ronda Reynolds, a protester.

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I would love to join in on this protest. I fear for my son who is only 14. What can we do???????

While I don't know what you can do specifically in Georgia, I do think there are some things you can do here and now, including:
- sign the petition on this site to get the president to meet with Mrs. Sheehan
- sign the petition at www.moveon.org to be counted as one of the many people in this country (and world) who are requesting that the president meet with Mrs. Sheehan
- call/email/write the White House as well as your representatives and senators to tell them you support Mrs. Sheehan and that you want the president to go out and meet with her. The number for the White House comment line is 202-456-1111. You can find your congress people via the site http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/
- stay in touch with what's happening on this site as well as many other sites that are discussing the Iraq war.
- don't be afraid to voice your opinion/feelings about the Iraq war in discussions with others. I've found that one-on-one conversations are very valuable, especially when I try to keep them non-adversarial.
- if you're really feeling like protesting, there's going to be an anti-war rally in Washington DC on Sept. 24-26. Check out CodePink at http://www.demaction.org/dia/organizations/codepink/signUp.jsp?key=443 or United Justice for Peace's site at http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?list=type&type=27 for more information.

Hope that helps. Good luck!

So did the Secretary General of the United Nations, among many others. It seems that the U.S. media still have some doubt about whether attacking and occupying a sovereign nation with neither a real self-defence cause nor Security Council authorization is illegal.

Even those lapdog Brits in Blair's cabinet knew better than that as the DSM clearly shows.

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