media are wrong. The people who have come out to Camp Casey to
help coordinate the press and events with me are not putting words
in my mouth, they are taking words out of my mouth. I have been
known for sometime as a person who speaks the truth and speaks
it strongly. I have always called a liar a liar and a hypocrite
a hypocrite. Now I am urged to use softer language to appeal to
a wider audience. Why do my friends at Camp Casey think they are
there? Why did such a big movement occur from such a small action
on August 6, 2005?
had much time to analyze the Camp Casey phenomena. I just read
that I gave 250 interviews in less than a week's time. I believe
it. I would go to bed with a raw throat every night. I got pretty
tired of answering some questions, like: "What do you want to
say to the President?" and "Do you really think he will meet with
you?" However, since my mom has been sick I have had a chance
to step back and ponder the flood gates that I opened in Crawford,
I just read
an article posted today on LewRockwell.com by artist Robert Shetterly
who painted my portrait. The article reminded me of something
I said at the Veteran's for Peace Convention the night before
I set out to Bush's ranch in my probable futile quest for the
truth. This is what I said:
I got an
email the other day and it said, "Cindy if you didn't use so much
profanity... there's people on the fence that get offended."
And you know what I said? "You know what? You know what, god damn
it? How in the world is anybody still sitting on that fence?"
have always called a liar a liar and
a hypocrite a hypocrite."
If you fall
on the side that is pro-George and pro-war, you get your ass over
to Iraq, and take the place of somebody who wants to come home.
And if you fall on the side that is against this war and against
George Bush, stand up and speak out.
This is what
the Camp Casey miracle is all about. American citizens who oppose
the war but never had a conduit for their disgust and dismay are
dropping everything and traveling to Crawford to stand in solidarity
with us who have made a commitment to sit outside of George's
ranch for the duration of the miserable Texan August. If they
can't come to Texas, they are attending vigils, writing letters
to their elected officials and to their local newspapers; they
are setting up Camp Casey branches in their hometowns; they are
sending flowers, cards, letters, gifts, and donations here to
us at Camp Casey. We are so grateful for all of the support, but
I think pro-peace Americans are grateful for something to do,
I haven't noticed or become aware of though is an increased number
of pro-war, pro-Bush people on the other side of the fence enlisting
to go and fight George Bush's war for imperialism and insatiable
greed. The pro-peace side has gotten off their apathetic butts
to be warriors for peace and justice. Where are the pro-war people?
Everyday at Camp Casey we have a couple of anti-peace people on
the other side of the road holding up signs that remind me that
"Freedom isn't Free" but I don't see them putting their money
where their mouths are.
I don't think they are willing to pay even a small down payment
for freedom by sacrificing their own blood or the flesh of their
children. I still challenge them to go to Iraq and let another
soldier come home. Perhaps a soldier that is on his/her third
tour of duty, or one that has been stop-lossed after serving his/her
country nobly and selflessly, only to be held hostage in Iraq
by power mad hypocrites who have a long history of avoiding putting
their own skin in the game.
have stood up and said:
'My son died for NOTHING,
and George Bush and his evil cabal
and their reckless policies killed him'."
to what the mainstream media thinks, I did not just fall off a
pumpkin truck in Crawford, Tx. on that scorchingly hot day two
weeks ago. I have been writing, speaking, testifying in front
of Congressional committees, lobbying Congress, and doing interviews
for over a year now. I have been pretty well known in the progressive,
peace community and I had many, many supporters before I even
left California. The people who supported me did so because they
know that I uncompromisingly tell the truth about this war. I
have stood up and said: "My son died for NOTHING, and George Bush
and his evil cabal and their reckless policies killed him.
My son was sent to fight in a war that had no basis in reality
and was killed for it." I have never said "pretty please" or "thank
you." I have never said anything wishy-washy like he uses "Patriotic
Rhetoric." I say my son died for LIES. George Bush LIED to us
and he knew he was LYING. The Downing Street Memos dated 23 July,
2002 prove that he knew that Saddam didn't have WMDs or any ties
to Al Qaeda. I believe that George lied and he knew he was lying.
He didn't use patriotic rhetoric. He lied and made us afraid of
ghosts that weren't there. Now he is using patriotic rhetoric
to keep the US military presence in Iraq: Patriotic rhetoric that
is based on greed and nothing else.
Now I am
being vilified and dragged through the mud by the righties and
so-called "fair and balanced" mainstream media who are afraid
of the truth and can't face someone who tells it by telling any
truth of their own. Now they have to twist, distort, lie, and
scrutinize anything I have ever said when they never scrutinize
anything that George Bush said or is saying.
Instead of asking George or Scotty McClellan if he will meet with
me, why aren't they asking the questions they should have been
asking all along: "Why are our young people fighting, dying, and
killing in Iraq? What is this noble cause you are sending our
young people to Iraq for? What do you hope to accomplish there?
Why did you tell us there were WMDs and ties to Al Qaeda when
you knew there weren't? Why did you lie to us? Why did you lie
to the American people? Why did you lie to the world? Why are
our nation's children still in harm's way and dying everyday when
we all know you lied? Why do you continually say we have to "complete
the mission" when you know damn well you have no idea what that
mission is and you can change it at will like you change your
say my son died for LIES.
George Bush LIED to us and
he knew he was LYING.
The Downing Street Memos dated
23 July, 2002 prove that he knew
that Saddam didn't have WMDs or
any ties to Al Qaeda. I believe that
George lied and he knew he was lying.
He didn't use patriotic rhetoric.
He lied and made us afraid of ghosts
that weren't there."
has grown and prospered and survived all attacks and challenges
because America is sick and tired of liars and hypocrites and
we want the answers to the tough questions that I was the first
to dare ask. THIS is George Bush's accountability moment and he
is failing... miserably. George Bush and his advisers seriously
"misunderestimated" me when they thought they could intimidate
me into leaving before I had the answers, or before the end of
I can take anything they throw at me, or Camp Casey. If it shortens
the war by a minute or saves one life, it is worth it. I think
they seriously "misunderestimated" all mothers. I wonder if any
of them had authentic mother-child relationships and if they are
surprised that there are so many mothers in this country who are
bear-like when it comes to wanting the truth and who want to make
meaning of their child's needless and seemingly meaningless deaths?
Casey movement will not die until we have a genuine accounting
of the truth and until our troops are brought home. Get used to
it George, we are not going away.
Cindy Sheehan circulated this open letter August 20, 2005. Her
son Casey was killed in the Iraq War.
open letter to Cindy Sheehan from a supporter in India.
are very far away from you in terms of distance, but very
close to you in spirit. America, for many of us in other
parts of the world, is not a landmass or a country, but
the embodiment of the principles that it stood for. The
principles that are enshrined in the Declaration of Independence
and the Bill of Rights, the principles for which people
like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought and died for.
asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question
- is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular?
But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there
comes a time when one must take a position that is neither
safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because
it is right." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
watched in dismay and horror when these principles were
hijacked in the name of freedom and democracy by your leaders.
Dismay and horror not at the fact that these people were
acting in these ways. That was to be expected. Dismay and
horror at the silence of the majority. The majority which
by its silence declared itself as a supporter for what was
happening in its name. The majority that was culpable by
and those who stand with you, both in person and in spirit,
changed that. Never again can it be said that the principles
for which America stood are dead. They may well be hijacked.
But as long as there are people like you, Cindy and like
those who stand with you in Crawford and who support you
across the nation and the world, these principles will never
die. They will live in the hearts and minds of those who
value them enough to stand up for them, to speak out for
them and to be counted as those who were willing to defy
the oppressors in order to fight for real freedom. Only
then can there be real peace.
is an effect of justice, Cindy. Until justice is established,
there will always be people who will disturb the peace to
fight for justice. And until justice is established any
apparent peace will only be a recess between wars.
Allah be with you and protect and help you in ways that
you may not be able to see but which you will feel and the
effect of which you will certainly see. We in India, are
all praying for you and for the success of your mission
and are with you in spirit.
pinnacle of faith is to speak the truth in the face of the
tyrant." Prophet Muhammad (Peace be on him)
Baig can be contacted at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
open letter was published Aug 24, 2005.
more about Cindy at http://www.meetwithCindy.com
or about Gold Star Families for Peace at http://www.gsfp.org.
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