The Standard Times (Rhode Island)
Cindy Sheehan is a woman to be emulated.
Sheehan is the mother of fallen soldier Casey A. Sheehan. He was just 24 years old and in Iraq a matter of days when he and seven soldiers were killed. Their units were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire south of Baghdad.
Whether you are anti-war or pro-war, Cindy Sheehan's devotion is to be admired.
Since her son's death in April of 2004, Sheehan has traveled the country protesting the war. Earlier this week she spoke to an audience of 200 at Christ the King Church. She has worked diligently to put a name and a face to at least one life the war has claimed.
It's easy for people with nothing immediate on the line in Iraq to sit back and share sentiments about how we need to "spread democracy around the world," or "fight them over there so we don't have to over here."
It's easy to make statements from the cheap seats.
Though truth may ring in these phrases, Cindy Sheehan after having lost her son, has in a way been put on the front lines, not the cheap seats.
Involuntarily placed there she has vowed to never let her son be forgotten.
An average of two American soldiers die each day in Iraq, yet often news reports will focus on the stock market or even a traffic tie-up, leaving the soldiers to be in a sense anonymous.
Sheehan wants everyone to know Casey was an older brother to both a sister and brother, and he was a son with a loving mother and father.
Because she will cope with war's lasting influence until her very own last days, Sheehan will tirelessly question and protest American soldiers' presence in Iraq.
It gives people comfort to think their loved ones died for a good cause. As it pertains to the war in Iraq, this sentiment may in fact be true.
But Cindy Sheehan refuses to take comfort. It's because she feels anything but comfort, that she travels the country to talk about her son and why he died.
It's been said, "A society of sheep must in time beget a Government of wolves."
Nobody will call Cindy Sheehan a sheep.
The woman is all lion.
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