If more American mothers with sons and daughters in Iraq do what Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, California did on August 6, 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush and the Republicans might be in political trouble. Ms. Sheehan, whose son "Casey, 24, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, on April 4, 2004, marched on Mr. Bush's ranch in Crawford Texas, and demanded to see him. She was "supported by more than 50 demonstrators, according to the Associated Press.
"I want to ask the president, 'Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?' " the AP quoted her as telling reporters.
Ms. Sheehan, 48, "didn't get to see Mr. Bush, but did talk about 45 minutes with national security adviser Steve Hadley and deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin, who went out to hear her concerns," the AP noted. After they explained why the U.S. was in Iraq, which she didn't buy, she again demanded to see Mr. Bush, and vowed to remain in the area until she saw him.
If she sees Mr. Bush, it will be a miracle. Troops will continue to die in Iraq until mothers and fathers by the thousands demand that their sons and daughters come home from a war launched under false pretenses. Of course, for some it's too late. They are already six feet under or crippled for life. Then there are thousands of Iraqis who died as a result of the war, whether killed by the U.S. and its so-called coalition allies or insurgents resisting the occupation. But who cares about them? They're just Arabs and Muslims.
For more on the Ms. Sheehan's demonstration, see "Fallen GI's mom leads protest near Bush ranch."