Cheer up, George: Only five more days of “Camp Cindy” to endure!
Meanwhile, Inky reader Calleey comments on my “She’s Baaack!” and The Other Charlotte’s “‘Yes, Please, Filth-Spewer'” posted yesterday:
“If this the way [Cindy Sheehan] intends to gain fame and popularity, it reflects badly on this woman. My instincts tell me that she had ulterior motives, and it’s not even funny!
Imagine the United States pulling out of the war that is already on going over in Iraq. That area is an terrorist breeding ground, and here she wants our troops out of there. The general public may condemn Bush for the war, but let’s face it. He has gotten rid of one bad SOB. Now, I would say he is doing his job. As far as I see it, the U.S. is committed to finish what has started, given very little choices. Terrorism is not a game, and it breeds like fire. Cindy Sheehan is an idiot, and she shouild face that reality instead of being in denial. Her son chose to join the army. Death is a reality in such a situation. He was not going into it blindfolded.”
And it so happens, Calleey, that Christopher Hitchens agrees with all your points. Here’s his latest in Slate on Cindy and the rabid leftists who are using the death in Iraq last year of her 24-year-old son, Casey, to score points off of Bush, whom they’ve been trying to destroy since long before anyone had ever heard of the Sheehan family:
“Their demand, however, is an immediate coalition withdrawal from Iraq. Have they seriously asked themselves how humane the consequences of that would be? The news of a pullout would put a wolfish grin on the faces of the ‘al-Qaida in Mesopotamia’ brigade, as Mr. Zarqawi’s force has named itself in order to resolve all doubt. Every effort would be made to detonate every available car-bomb and mine, so as to claim the withdrawal of coalition forces as a military victory for jihad. I can quite understand Ms. Sheehan’s misery at the thought of her son being killed on some desolate road. But will she be on hand to console the parents whose sons are shot in the back while being ordered to surrender and withdraw?
“I hope I don’t insult the intelligent readers of this magazine if I point out what the consequences of such a capitulation would be for the people of Iraq. Paint your own mental picture of a country that was already almost beyond rescue in 2003, as it is handed back to an alliance of homicidal Baathists and Bin-Ladenists. Comfort yourself, if that’s the way you think, with the idea that such people are only nasty because Bush made them so. Intone the Sheehan mantra-repeated this very week-that terrorism is no problem because after all Bush is the leading terrorist in the world. See if that cheers you up. Try it on your friends. Live with it, if you are ready to live with the consequences of what you desire.
“This is an argument, about a real war, that deserves moral seriousness on all sides. Flippancy and light-mindedness have no place. Cindy Sheehan’s cheerleader Michael Moore has compared the ‘insurgents’ in Iraq to the American minutemen and Founding Fathers. Do I taunt him for not volunteering to fight himself in such a noble cause? Of course I do not. That would be a low and sly blow. Do I say that he is spouting fascistic nonsense? Of course I do. Is Cindy Sheehan exempt from any verdict on her wacko opinions because of her bereavement? I would say that she is not. Has she been led into a false position by eager cynics who have sacrificed nothing and who would happily surrender unconditionally to the worst enemy that currently faces civilization? That’s for her to clarify.”
Hitch also links to this excellent sidebar by Blake Wilson slicing and dicing Cindy’s claim that that e-mail of hers claiming that her son died for Israel had been doctored.
And remember, if you live in the Washington, D.C., area, to please join the representatives of the D.C. chapter of Free Republic at the Walter Reed Medical center tonight at 6:30 as they rally to counter Cindy’s pals, the ladies of Code Pink, who gather every Friday evening to taunt the soldiers wounded in Iraq who are receiving treatment and rehabilitation at Walter Reed.