Not Worth My Sons Sacrifice...A mom who lost her son to the war
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    Default Not Worth My Sons Sacrifice...A mom who lost her son to the war

    Not Worth My Son's Sacrifice

    by Cindy Sheehan

    02/07/05 "LewRockwell.com" -- I was supposed to be on the Larry King Live show last week. I was asked to be on the show to offer my opinion on the election in Iraq from the perspective of a mom whose son was killed in the war prior to the elections. One of the questions I was going to be asked was: Do I think my son's sacrifice was "worth it?" Well, I didn't get a chance to be on the show, because I was bumped for something that is really important: The Michael Jackson Trial.

    If I had been allowed to go on Larry King Live last night and give my opinion about the elections and about my son's sacrifice, this is what I would have told Mr. King and his viewers:

    My son, Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan (KIA, Sadr City, 04/04/04) enlisted in the Army to protect America and give something back to our country. He didn't enlist to be used and misused by a reckless Commander-in-Chief who sent his troops to preemptively attack and occupy a country that was no imminent threat (or any threat) to our country. Casey was sent to die in a war that was based on the imagination of some Neo-Cons who love to fill our lives with fear.

    Casey didn't agree with the "Mission" but being the courageous and honorable man that he was he knew he had to go to this mistake of a war to support his buddies. Casey also wondered aloud many times why precious troops and resources were being diverted from the real war on terror.

    Casey was told that he would be welcomed to Iraq as a liberator with chocolates and rose petals strewn in front of his unarmored Humvee. He was in Iraq for two short weeks when the Shi'ite rebel "welcome wagon" welcomed him to Baghdad with bullets and RPG's, which took his young and beautiful life. I think my son's helmet and Viet Nam era flak jacket would have protected him better from the chocolates and flower petals.

    Casey was killed after George Bush proclaimed "Mission Accomplished" on May 1, 2003 – he was also killed after Saddam was captured in December of that same year. Casey was killed before the transfer of power in June of 2004 and before these elections. Four marines were tragically killed after the election. By my count, about five-dozen Iraqis and coalition troops were killed on Election Day – is that the definition of "Catastrophic Success?" But is that a good day in Iraq? Hundreds of our young people and thousands of Iraqis have been needlessly and senselessly murdered since George Bush triumphantly announced an end to "major combat" almost 2 years ago now. All of the above events have been heralded by this administration as "turning points" in the "war on terror" – or as wonderful events in the "march of democracy." Really? I don't think, judging by very recent history, that the elections will stop the bloodshed and destruction.

    I would have asked Mr. King if he would want to sacrifice one of his children for sham elections in Iraq. Would he or George Bush send their children to be killed, or maimed for life, for a series of lies, mistakes and miscalculations? Now that every lie has been exposed to the light for the invasion and occupation of Iraq – why are our sons and daughters still there? NOT ONE MORE DROP OF BLOOD SHOULD BE SPILLED FOR THIS PACK OF LIES.

    This war was sold to the American people by a slimy leadership with a maniacal zeal and phony sincerity that would have impressed snake oil salesmen a century ago. The average American needs to hear from people who have been devastated by the arrogance and ignorance of an administration that doesn't even have the decency or compassion to sign our "death" letters.

    In the interest of being "fair and balanced" (oops, wrong network), I would have been pitted against a parent who still agrees with the "Mission" and the President. Although I grieve for that parent's loss and I respect that parent's opinion, I would have defied Mr. King, or that parent to explain the "Mission" to me. I don't think anyone can do it with a straight face. The President has also stated that we need to keep our troops in Iraq to honor our sacrifices by completing this elusive and ever changing "Mission." My response to him is "Just because it is too late for Casey and the Sheehan family, why would we want another innocent life taken, in the name of this chameleon of a 'Mission'?

    Well, I was bumped from the show anyway. Now that Scott Peterson has been convicted and sentenced for his crimes and Laci and Connor's families have the justice they deserve, we have the new "trial of the century" to keep our minds off of the nasty and annoying fact that we are waging an immoral war in Iraq. We can fill our TV screens and homes with the glorified images of the Michael Jackson molestation trial. We can fill our lives with outrage over MJ's victims and hope they get justice; not even questioning the fact that George Bush, his dishonest cabinet, and their misguided policies aren't even brought to the court of public opinion. We won't have to confront ourselves with the fact that the leaders of our country and their lies are responsible for the deaths of 1438 brave Americans – tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis – and the loss of our Nation's credibility throughout the world. That might mean we would have to turn off our television sets and do something about it.

    Oh yeah. In answer to the original question Larry: No it wasn't worth it!!

    Cindy Sheehan [send her mail] is the mother of Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan, KIA 04/04/04 She is co-founder of Gold Star Families for Peace.

    Copyright 2005 LewRockwell.com

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    My heart aches for this mother and for all the other families that have lost loved ones. I can understand her anger and frustration but I still stand behind our president. I have a friend who also lost a son there and she does not believe her son died in vain and neither do I. Her heart aches for her son and his children also but Jake was there trying to protect our freedoms and to bring freedom to the Iraqi people also.

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    I pray for all the mothers and fathers, sisters and brother, and children who have lost parents in the war everyday. I too though stand behind our President and do not feel as though our fallen soldiers have died in vain, I feel they have died for freedom and to protect the world and our country.

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    Lets pray for all of our soldiers who have died and who are still over there, and those who still may go there Also for those who are experiencing such emotional pain.

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    I agree on praying for all the soldiers and their families. May God protect them, comfort them and bring them home safely to those that love them.

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    Amen Deb You are a sweetie!

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    sending more prayers!

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    hmsclmom and mommy2many say what I was thinking. My heart breaks when I hear one of our men and woman dies. Yet, I support what the president did. I can't imagine the hurt this woman went through, but her son didn't die in vain.

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    I'm not trying to be argumentive, but I wonder if the President would want Jenna and Barbara to join the military and serve in Iraq?

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    Dixie, that what be a cold day in you know what!

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    Originally posted by Dixie
    I'm not trying to be argumentive, but I wonder if the President would want Jenna and Barbara to join the military and serve in Iraq?
    I think that if his daughters decided that the millitary was the choice for their lives, then Yes I am sure he would want them to serve in Iraq. Being in the millitary is just that, you are preparing for war and to protect our country and the world. If they were int he millitary I am sure while his heart would ache he would still have done the same thing even if that meant sending his own daughters into harms way. JMO

    As I said before i do pray everyday for families, the troops and our world in general but I still support the war.

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    Just weighing in here saying that I support our troops, but I am emphatically, undeniably against this war. When our grandchildren are still there "offering support to the democratically elected government" perhaps we'll all feel differently.
    My heart goes out to this and the other 1400+ mothers. I've seen this agony up close and personal and you are so right when you say you can't imagine it. There are no words.

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    Originally posted by PrairieRose
    Just weighing in here saying that I support our troops, but I am emphatically, undeniably against this war. When our grandchildren are still there "offering support to the democratically elected government" perhaps we'll all feel differently.
    Lisa, very well said. I totally agree.

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