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The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford -- Day 19


By Cindy Sheehan

False Freedom isn't Free

Today when I was driving back and forth between Camp Casey II and the Crawford Peace House, I saw a lot of signs that say "I'm4W" "Support our Troops" and the one I hate the most: "Freedom isn't Free." I have excerpted an article I wrote a few months ago called: A Lie of Historic Proportions. I am not feeling well tonight, so I am heading to bed before six a.m. tonight.

Iraq has been the tragic Lie of Historic Proportions of Washington, DC since before the first Gulf war. For years, Saddam was one of our government?s propped up and militarily supported puppets. Many people have seen the famous footage of Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam. I suppose the two are smiling so big for the cameras because they are kindred spirits. After all of the hand-shaking and weapon brokering, when did Saddam become such a bad guy to Bush, Cheney, Halliburton and Co.? (Insert your favorite reason here).

During the Clinton regime the US-UN led sanctions against Iraq and the weekly bombing raids killed tens of thousands of people in Iraq. Many of them were children, but since one of her children didn?t have to be sacrificed to the homicidal war machine, Madeline Albright, thinks the slaughter during the "halcyon" Clinton years was "worth it." More lies.

Anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of current events understands that this invasion/occupation of Iraq was not about Saddam being a "bad guy." If that logic is used, then how many innocent Iraqi people have to die before the citizens of America wake up and know that our government is a "bad guy?" We also know that Iraq was not about WMD?s. They weren?t there and they weren?t going to be there for at least a decade, by all reports. Another reason, so wispy and more difficult to disprove, is that America invaded Iraq to bring freedom and democracy to the Iraqi people. When one tries to dispute this particular deception, one is accused of being unpatriotic or hating freedom. Even though correct, the statement "Freedom isn?t Free" is very insulting to me. False freedom is very expensive. Fake freedom costs about two billion of our tax dollars a week; phony freedom has cost the Iraqi people tens of thousands of innocent lives; fanciful freedom has meant the destruction of a country and its infrastructure. Tragically, this fabricated notion of freedom and democracy cost me far more than I was willing to pay: the life of my son, Casey. The Lie of Historic Proportions also cost me my peace of mind; I do not feel free and I do not feel like I live in a democracy.

Casey took an oath to protect the US from all enemies "foreign and domestic." He was sent to occupy and die in a foreign country that was no threat to the USA. However, the biggest threat to our safety, humanity, and our way of life in America are George and his cronies. Congress made a Mistake of Historic Proportions and waived its Constitutional responsibility to declare war. It is time for the House to make up for that mistake and introduce a Resolution of Inquiry into the Downing Street Memos.

It is time to put partisan politics behind us to do what is correct for once and reclaim America's humanity. It is time for Congress and the American people to work together in peace and justice to rid our country of the stench of greed, hypocrisy, and unnecessary suffering that permeates our White House and our halls of Congress. It is time to hold someone accountable for the carnage and devastation that has been caused. As a matter of fact, it is past time, but it is not too late.

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Cindy

My thoughts are with you. I am a mother of a 21 year old son and I feel you have been robbed of the most precious possesion any mother can have on this earth. You need to hold Mr Bush accountable and we are behind you. I have to work or I would be there with you, but in this small community we have quite a few people who tend to think that war is not the answer. I hope that your bus tour comes to Oregon and if it does swing through Ashland. You will find many like
minded people here. You will find many others in Portland and Eugene. Most of the other towns aren't really worth stopping in. They are blinded by the red white and blue flag that Mr Bush keeps wrapping himself in. As a mother I am offended that he actually didn't even fight in the Vietnam war but he feels that it is ok to send others to war. You can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time. THE TIME IS NOW

Carol

What offends me is not just bushnitwit jr didn't serve in the Armed Forces but none of bushnitwit Sr's grandchildren have served either. I guess they are more important and have better things to do than to fight in a war that should never have happened. Especially one that bush seems to think we should be honored to fight and die for.

Get out the vote in 2006.

I am a soldier for Cindy.

Cindy

My thoughts are with you. I am a mother of a 21 year old son and I feel you have been robbed of the most precious possesion any mother can have on this earth. You need to hold Mr Bush accountable and we are behind you. I have to work or I would be there with you, but in this small community we have quite a few people who tend to think that war is not the answer. I hope that your bus tour comes to Oregon and if it does swing through Ashland. You will find many like
minded people here. You will find many others in Portland and Eugene. Most of the other towns aren't really worth stopping in. They are blinded by the red white and blue flag that Mr Bush keeps wrapping himself in. As a mother I am offended that he actually didn't even fight in the Vietnam war but he feels that it is ok to send others to war. You can fool some of the people all of the time, but you cant fool all of the people all of the time. THE TIME IS NOW

Carol

Let's hope this makes the evening news...

I suspect it won't unless people do something about it..

What an excellent post by Cindy. It shows that her cause is not about partisan politics, by pointing out the crimes of the Clinton administration as well as the Bush one. It is important to oppose injustice, wherever it comes from. The congress had better impeach Bush and Cheney if thay want to have any legitimacy. I am also offended by the freedom isn't free crap, and fully agree that false freedom isn't either.

This is not just about Iraq as bad as it is...but the delusion mindset of so many that support the President's war. This is dangerous to give this power to a leader. If they are not held accountable for their decision to send our children to war with disregard for our constitution and international law...no one children are safe in America. Cindy is right...this about the future of our country and no one else should have to suffer the broken heart of Cindy Sheehan. Casey died because of incompetent, misguided leadership ... we should not and cannot tolerate this from our leaders for our sake as well as the world. If we accept this failure of leadership we are not free but pawns of the political elites. Every mother should stand behind Cindy...

Casey,and others,volunteered to defend this country after 9/11.That he died in a war that was started to glorify Bush and advance neocon global strategy is much more than tragic,it's criminal.I can imagine the pain family and friends feel at such a loss, the desperate need to believe this sacrifice was for a noble cause. In this war soldiers die nobley for an ignoble lie. Thank you Cindy for getting America's attention. God bless.

One all of us appreciate, and thanks for pointing it out. To protect our country from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

It's one thing to appreciate that the folks across the road in Crawford have a right to their opinion. It's quite another to have our leaders not only commit crimes, but crimes the very nature of which help the enemies of America.

Cindy, the majority of the people attacking you personally never served our country in any form. You couldn't get them to enlist, submit to freaking fire ants, or actually sign their names to their slurs. You are doing the right thing.

Melanie Lane

Cindy for every post here are hundreds who support you. You are in our hearts and we will work everyday to keep this going.
citz g

Cindy for every post here are hundreds who support you. You are in our hearts and we will work everyday to keep this going.
citz g

I have always disliked the phrase, "Freedom isn't Free." It's patronizing and insulting. My dad has a Freedom Isn't Free sticker on his car, and I'm lobbying him to take it off. Wish me luck!

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