By Ireland Online
A one-woman protest which pitched up on US President George Bush’s doorstep 10 days ago has become the focus of heightened tensions both in support of and against the Iraq war.
Cindy Sheehan travelled to Bush’s Texas ranch to demand an end to the conflict which claimed the life of her 24-year-old soldier son, Casey, in Baghdad, in April 2004.
Her dusty roadside camp has been flooded by more than 200 anti-war leaders and civil rights campaigners hoping to use the spotlight to galvanise support for their cause, but the scene has become increasingly less peaceful.
Larry Mattlage, 62, one of Bush’s gun-wielding neighbours, fired shots into the air yesterday before complaining about the fracas outside his home.
“Five weeks of this is too much. We live here, this is our community,