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Gilda at the White House

Words spoken to crowd at the vigil for Cindy in front of White House:

"My name is Gilda, I am a member of MFSO and I have a son who is an active duty Marine. He was deployed to Iraq during the bloody assault on Fallujah in November. One hundred thirty-seven of our sons and daughters and countless Iraqis died in that assault.

We are gathered here to support Cindy Sheehan in her quest for truthful answers from President Bush about Iraq. This is a call to conscience!!! This is about supporting our troops who have served honorably and bravely under impossible conditions. They went under orders of their Commander- in-Chief to a war of choice unprepared and under equiped. President Bush…you owe us an explanation!!!! The only noble thing in this rotten war has been our noble sons and daughters who answered the call to serve their country, something you could not have understood or valued.

President Bush: we are not radical political extremists as the right wing media would like to portray us. We are citizens: ordinary mothers and fathers who are fed up with painful and insulting lies. We have carried the weight of your disastrous policy on our shoulders while half of the population has been intentionally or unintentionally ignorant of our plight. For many, it has been convenient to believe they are supporting the troops with their yellow magnets and their flags.

President Bush: meet with Cindy. Tell that mother in that pathetic ditch by your house just exactly why her son died. Tell her how the war is going and what your plan is. Explain to her that ‘taking the fight to them’ was really a brilliant way to get the naïve and ignorant to fall unquestioningly behind you. Tell her how through your incompetence and at great expense in resources and human life, we destroyed Iraq, giving the Iraqis an infinitely worse hell than anyone could have ever imagined.

“We would send the wrong signal if we pulled out?

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The clear implication is that the reasons that were given to Congress and to the American people for the "shock and awe" invasion and occupation of another sovereign country were not truthful.

Yes, Cindy Sheehan deserves the truth. So do all the other parents and all the members of the U.S. armed forces called upon to carry out an act of war without any true "noble cause". So does all of America. And so does all the world faced with a continuing dire threat to its peace and security based on lies.

The underlying question is one of precedence. To whom will the leaders of this U.S. adminstration be compelled to answer and when? Most important, will it be in a forum where their egregious offences against mankind -- "the ultimate war crime" -- can be dealt with appropriately?

Somehow, despite all the sound and fury of the moment, I have serious doubts about seeing any real justice done.

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