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This is George Bush’s Accountability Moment

By Cindy Sheehan
Huffington Post

This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. It’s ironic, given the attacks leveled at me recently, how some in the media are so quick to scrutinize -- and distort -- the words and actions of a grieving mother but not the words and actions of the president of the United States.

But now it’s time for him to level with me and with the American people. I think that’s why there’s been such an outpouring of support. This is giving the 61 percent of Americans who feel that the war is wrong something to do -- something that allows their voices to be heard. It’s a way for them to stand up and show that they DO want our troops home, and that they know this war IS a mistake… a mistake they want to see corrected. It’s too late to bring back the people who are already dead, but there are tens of thousands of people still in harm’s way.

There is too much at stake to worry about our own egos. When my son was killed, I had to face the fact that I was somehow also responsible for what happened. Every American that allows this to continue has, to some extent, blood on their hands. Some of us have a little bit, and some of us are soaked in it.

People have asked what it is I want to say to President Bush. Well, my message is a simple one. He’s said that my son -- and the other children we’ve lost -- died for a noble cause. I want to find out what that noble cause is. And I want to ask him: “If it’s such a noble cause, have you asked your daughters to enlist? Have you encouraged them to go take the place of soldiers who are on their third tour of duty?

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Dear Mrs. Sheehan,
First, my heart goes out to you and all of the other parents who have lost their children in this unjust war. I actively protested against this war before it began and continue to protest as the death toll continues to rise on both sides. This administration has lied over and over again to the public and those lies have had a terrible cost. I think one day Americans will look back at this war with a sense of guilt and shame. I honestly believe that every American who supports this war should either join the military themselves or encourage their own family members who support the war to join. It is far too easy to support a war when it is not your own loved ones that are dying. It is incredibly sad that people like O’Reilly and Hannity and Limbaugh are attacking you, but I believe history will reveal your actions to be heroic. You are both courageous and genuine in your determination to expose this war for what it really is and get answers for your questions about your own son's death. I believe that it will be women like you that will ultimately bring about the end of this war because it is impossible to simply dismiss you. This is because you put a human face on this tragedy. Even as attempts are made to cast doubt on your character, no one can ignore the pain you have suffered and continue to suffer. The media refuses show the American public what is really happening in this war. Coffins holding the bodies of brave men and women who have lost their lives in this war cannot be photographed as they return home to be laid to rest. Our government refuses to count the number of civilians that are killed every day in this war, including women and children. Yet you remind us of what Bush and the media try so hard to make us forget. Many people are dying in this war, and no one can really explain why. I want to thank you for your courage and I hope that all of your efforts are ultimately rewarded.

Natalie Durflinger

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