Could it be that the War in Iraq will be stopped by one woman walking down a road in Texas?
As of today, it certainly seems so.
Yesterday afternoon, Cindy Sheehan, mother of a fallen soldier, marched toward the President's vacation home in Texas. Asked by reporters what she hoped to achieve, Cindy replied:
"I want to ask the president, why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?"
(The full Reuters article is here)
Sheehan, who comes from a small town in rural California, told reporters that she blames the President for the recent death of her son Casey (Army Specialist, killed in Iraq, April 4, 2004). Following a peaceful rally in Dallas, she decided to come to Texas to speak directly to the President at his vacation home.
But Cindy never got the meeting she was after.
Instead, Cindy and a few other mothers who had also lost their sons in Iraq were hustled into a closed session with a handful of low-level officials. Rather than speaking to the President as she had hoped, Cindy was presented with the oft-repeated White House talking points about the war:
"We mourn the loss of every life and Americans deeply appreciate those who have made the supreme sacrifice. The way to honor that sacrifice is to complete the mission so that their lives were not lost in vain."
Not to be deterred, Cindy thanked the President's assistants for their time, walked back out in the heat of the Texas summer, and vowed to stage a roadside vigil until the President answered her questions.
News of Cindy's plans had spread through the Internet prior to her actual march, and the President's staff was prepared for the events. But yesterday the story hit the news wires and and ricocheted around the world.
And so, the world joins all Americans as they look anxiously at the stand-off in Central Texas. The stakes are high. The sides are clear:
A mother cries out in anguish.
The President hides in silence.
© 2005 Jeffrey Feldman
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