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Father of soldier killed in war disputes anti-war mom's views

Northwest Herald
[published on Thu, Sep 8, 2005]
By ERIC SCHELKOPF, Shaw News Service

BATAVIA – The father of a local soldier killed in the war on terrorism faced off Wednesday with anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan.

"I said, 'I'm a Gold Star dad, and I wanted to make sure you are not speaking for me,' " Jim Frazier said.

Sheehan, a California woman who has become the face of a controversial movement to bring the troops home from the war in Iraq, was in central Kane County to speak at an anti-war rally at the district office of U.S. House Speak Dennis Hastert. About 300 Sheehan supporters and detractors attended the mostly peaceful rally, police said.

Frazier, of St. Charles, is the father of Staff Sgt. Jacob Frazier, who was killed in March 2003 in Afghanistan. He was 24. A former Marine, Jim Frazier works in the office of Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn as a senior policy adviser in military affairs, a job he took after his son's death.

Sheehan's son, Casey, an Army Humvee mechanic with the 1st Calvary, was killed in April 2004 in Iraq. She grabbed national attention in August when she camped out at President Bush's Texas ranch to try to speak to him.

Although Sheehan's critics sympathize with her over the death of her son, they say her efforts are misguided and only serve to undermine the U.S. effort in Iraq.

Jim Frazier said it would be a mistake to withdraw the troops now.

"Whether you agree with the war or not, we are there. We have a mission to complete," he said.

Sheehan said after her encounter with Frazier that she speaks for herself and not all Gold Star families. She is a member of the group Gold Star Families for Peace.

A group of about 50 supporters of the Iraq War heckled Sheehan as she arrived at the rally, yelling "Shame on Cindy."

She acknowledged them as she spoke.

"This is America. That's their right to be here," Sheehan said.

The number of Sheehan supporters outnumbered the war supporters. Batavia Police Cmdr. Dennis Thomas said most of the 300 people in attendance were Sheehan supporters.

Sheehan made reference to the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina in her short remarks.

"We have seen this week the disastrous politics of this nation. We need to bring our troops home now. We need to have them here to protect America," Sheehan said.

During the rally, Mary Stevenson of Sugar Grove held up a sign that said, "Meet with Cindy."

"I am concerned about all those sons and daughters in Iraq," Stevenson said.

Stevenson does not have any family members stationed in Iraq.

"You don't need to know them personally to have grave concerns about them," she said.

Although there was plenty of shouting between the anti-war and war supporters, Batavia police made no arrests.

"Things went very well," Thomas said. "Everybody walked away having said their peace."

Hastert, R-Plano, was in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday because Congress is back in session.


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TO Jim Frazier:

What you don't realize is that your son was USED as a PAWN in a large chess game.
The games were and still are the following:


If you really want to you know why we went into AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ research the above and YOU WILL be able to connect the dots.

I'm sorry for your loss...........but it was all over economics 101. Further, 2 years from now you will see it more clearly.

The reason BUSH was and is able place curtains on this is relative to the general publics stock market of NONE understanding. Further, these are all married to one another of which most don't see.

Wishing you the best,
currency trader

Thank the Lord that efforsts are being put forth to finally put Cindy in her place. Hopefully she will realize how misled her cause is.

A friend of mine from Illinois was one of the people protesting Sheehan yesterday. She wasnt sure before, but said that, after seeing her, she is absolutely convinced the woman is off her rocker. The only thing she was unsure of was the cause: was it the loss of her son, or brainwashing by Michael Moore and Co.?

the people in illinois know what's going on... to bad the libs in cali don't

What is the mission and who is the enemy again?

Depends which mission you are speaking of.

It is sad that loved ones are dying in Irap, but all of them chose to join the military. None of them were drafted. Anyone in the military knows that they cannot chose fight a war or not based on whether they agree with it. If they did not ever think they would risk there lives under orders, they should have joined the Canadian Army. Cindy is disgracing her dead son by saying he died in vain and joining such an unpatriotic crowd. She does not speak for me or my family.

I do not approve of Cindy Sheehan coming to my town. I do not approve of her peace movement at all. I think Casey Sheehan is a hero, he died fighting for our country. If Cindy wants to drive around the world preaching that her son died for nothing that's fine, but I don't think it's very considerate to the parents of other fallen soldiers. Most of the parents think that their child died for a good cause and I agree. What about the soldiers that died doing what they loved and what they wanted to do? That's why they enlisted in the first place, to serve our country. I think most parents are proud, how dare you take that away from them.

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