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Mother’s protest sparks war debate
Echo Online (Eastern Michigan University)
By Joel Adkins, Opinions Columnist / Staff Writer
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2005
Politics can be depressing. There have been many occasions in recent years that I have found myself shaking my head – shaking my head in a slow, somber fashion as my face bore a grimace. Indeed, there were times when, in the midst of tears, I questioned the worth of the actions of myself and others. Why not forget the problems and leave them to someone else? Why not submit to the crooks that hold all the cards and allow them an uncontested all-access pass?
The desire to quit, however, isn’t in me; no, to quit on something so important would be wrong. So it is from time to time that I draw hope from the past. History has shown it has its own unique way of dealing with the corrupt, the tyrannical, the great distorters of truth, those ruthless wielders of propaganda. Napoleon Bonaparte, George Custer, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were each exposed and humbled in the end. It is a special type of justice that brings arrogance and discrimination to the ground. It will be by this justice that the Bush administration falls.
In May, the Downing Street Memo was made public. For those who are unaware, this memo concerns a meeting between President Bush and several of his top cabinet members as well as Tony Blair and company. During this meeting in July 2002, it was decided that war with Iraq was a goal, but, as these scholars knew, the case was thin. Therefore, as the memo reads, Bush and his people decided to fix the intelligence around the policy. The conclusion was to justify this war using the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.
The memo has been authenticated by the British government. It is not speculation; it is not conjecture. Bush lied. This war is illegal. The American media, however handled the story in a lackadaisical fashion; surely they did not want to upset corporate advertisers and thus decided to sideline justice. Congratulations, you shameless cowards. No, the life of the Downing Street Memo didn’t end there, but without widespread mainstream media coverage, the pressure on Congress to investigate any impeachable offenses into the matter has been greatly reduced.
Not long after Downing Street came the CIA leak case. Top Bush advisor Karl Rove leaked the name of agent Valerie Plame after her husband, now former U.S. Ambassador Joseph Wilson, criticized Bush Administration’s case for war. Basically, Rove leaked this woman’s name in order to render her husband mute. All this, of course, so that his boss could perpetrate an insidious plot. Rove comprised national security. Ironic, isn’t it? If he is spared execution, he should find himself in federal prison for the remainder of his miserable life. The case is still under investigation.
This second bombshell did little to light a fire under major media outlets. Still they refuse to call this administration what it is. More prisoner abuse allegations didn’t help either. The media have remained derelict in their handling of this president; they are zombie-like, useless. It has taken the efforts of grassroots movements to give justice a chance. Many of these movements thrive online, and on Aug. 5, one of them took up residence in Crawford, Texas.
As Bush spends a month-long vacation at his Crawford Ranch, he won’t have to worry about being lonely. Cindy Sheehan, a 48-year-old mother from Vacaville, Calif., is staging a sit-in protest of the Iraq war. Her son, Casey, died in Sadr City on April 4, 2004; he was 24. Sheehan decided to take such a stand after hearing an Aug. 3 speech by Bush where he stated: “We have to honor the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission,