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Thank you Barbara Collier

There was a recent letter to the editor in the San Diego Union Tribune written by this woman and regarding Cindy Sheehan.

"OK, Cindy Sheehan has gotten noticed. She has attracted pity and the bleeding-heart, left-wing liberals who are pandering to her "personal cause." Now, she should pack up her soapbox and go home.
She does not have the market cornered on grief and loss. Countless mothers have lost loved ones. My son fought in the war, but I never had the president of the United States greet me; if he had, he wouldn't have remembered my son's name either.
When a parent loses a child, it is natural to feel wronged, regardless of the cause. They have lost something precious, and they are angry. They want someone to "pay." Sheehan has decided that the one "to pay" for her loss is going to be George Bush. And she is "not leaving Crawford until he's held accountable."
She has now, single-handedly, shamed her son's memory. He voluntarily enlisted in the armed forces so people such as his mother could retain the right to speak their minds and (essentially) try to hold the president hostage.
War is ugly. People die. Countless anguished mothers also lost their sons during the Revolutionary War. Had they not, Sheehan would not be living in America, enjoying the rights and freedoms you clearly take for granted, and feel you deserve. Freedom is paid for with blood.
Sheehan does not speak for the majority of us. She speaks for herself and is embarassing us."

I was so outraged by what this woman had to say, that I was moved to take part in one of many candlelight vigils held tonight in support of Cindy and what she is doing. What an incredible experience, to be part of a large group of people holding candles and signs, showing Barbara Collier that the majority of us *do* believe Cindy speaks for us.

Bless you, Cindy, for being that voice.

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 18th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
The first line of this letter really sets the tone, doesn't it? Calling Sheehan's supporters "bleeding-heart, left-wing liberals" says it all. Oh no, this woman most certainly doesn't have a pro-Bush agenda, not at all.

Blah, blah, blah. Her son fought in the war, but he didn't die in the war. Cindy Sheehan has every right to be upset and to seek answers. How dare that woman condemn another mother for mourning the loss of her child? Cindy Sheehan isn't holding the president hostage. She's holding him accountable, and by all means, he is. He sent us to war based on lies and faulty intelligence, against the recommendations of top Pentagon officals (who were also war veterans with actual experience fighting in a war, meaning that their daddies didn't get them into the National Guard). Casey Sheehan enlisted, but that doesn't mean that he asked to die, or that he deserved to die. Throwing that point in Cindy Sheehan's face implies that because he signed up, he asked for it, which is bullshit. How would Ms. Collier have felt if her son had been killed in the war, and she was simply told that he signed up, so it was his fault? Our armed forces have the huge responsibility of protecting this country, and our leadership has the responsibility to never send them into harm's way unless it is absolutely necessary.

Barbara Collier is the only embarassing person I see around here.

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