The Left has found someone to love, and her name is Cindy Sheehan. She is the bulletproof anti-war activist. Her son, after all, was killed in combat. Who on earth could possibly be so callus that they would attack a person who has suffered such a loss? Other anti-war activists are easy to take down a peg. Take a look at Michael Moore. The man (to paraphrase Napoleon’s criticism of Talleyrand) is clearly nothing but a shit in a pair of tube socks. But who is insensitive enough to take on Cindy Sheehan? Phil Hendrie is. His post today is entitled: “Anti-War Mom: Another Ignorant Cow” and he gives her a thorough skewering:
Casey's mom, Cindy, doesn't quite get it. She is a mother who has lost her son to a war. Convinced she knows more about the costs of war than other parents who've suffered similar loss, she has parked herself outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas. Full of judgment and hate, calling him "selected," not elected, blaming him personally for the death of her son, this clueless woman is going to sit there until the President comes out. She's going to set him straight.
Cindy Sheehan is another bereaved parent that the anti-Iraq War movement has run its game on. Manipulating her in her sadness and anger, they've created a self-righteous ignoramus. Casey Sheehan was cut down by foreign insurgents, the same Saudi-Iranian-Syrian animals that carved up Nick Berg. But to Cindy, the man who killed her son is George Bush. Cindy believes Bush lied about our reasons for going to war and thus led her son to his death through outright deceit.
The "Bush Lied" theory has been debated and discredited but Anti-War Mom hasn't noticed. Cindy Sheehan isn't outside the Bush ranch as a truth-seeker. She's there for her public-relations potency. "I want people to know the real costs of war," she says. A mother grieving her loss. The inhumanity of war. Oh, the wickedness of it all. It's the anti-Iraq War Propaganda Machine working the sewer again.
She deserves the skewering. She isn’t the only person in America who has lost a child to this war. We’re closing in on 2,000 bereaved mothers out there and they are all suffering just as much as Sheehan. What Sheehan is doing is telling each of them that their child died a pointless death. They might as well have stayed home and shot themselves in the head for all the good that it did for the world. This is an ugly lie and Sheehan shouldn’t be allowed to hide it behind her status as a grieving mother.
The fact is that Casey Sheehan’s death was not pointless. He died in a good cause. Because of his sacrifice the Middle East has a real opportunity to shake off the shackles of tyranny. Iraq has been spared from the rule of a dictator who murdered hundreds of thousands of his own people. A corrupt regime that flouted arms inspectors, attempted to assassinate an American president, repeatedly made war against its neighbors, colluded with terrorists, fired on American pilots in the No Fly Zone on a routine basis, waged a campaign of genocide against its Kurdish population, bled money from the old for food program so Saddam could build himself more palaces and buy more weapons while Iraqi children starved, and engaged in all manner of atrocities (remember the human wood chipper?) on a daily basis has been destroyed. Because of this war the threat from Libya has been reduced and the people of Lebanon were inspired to demand their freedom. All across the Middle East democracy is making inroads into autocratic territory.
How can any sane person deny the virtue of this cause?
Most of the hurting parents out there understand this. The press ignores them. But they simply can’t get enough of Cindy Sheehan.
Update: Sheehan is going off the rails. Her handlers would probably prefer that she not say things like this. She is supposed to be the sad apolitical mother of a dead child, not a leftist crank. The leftist crank in her is taking over, and this is going to destroy her credibility. The more she speaks, the smaller she shrinks.