< Upheaval: September 11, 2005

Sunday, September 11, 2005

September 11, 2005

I got this in an email several weeks ago, when Cindy Sheehan and W were both still in Crawford. I think it is appropriate to post today, in memory of the tragedy of 4 years ago. I am interested to know what you think about this:

The grieving mother camped on the road outside Bush's home in Texas has company in her grief. Somewhere in Baghdad or Pakistan, maybe at this very moment, a mother in a black robe squats on the floor of a hut, watching the elders of her tribe strap a bomb to her handsome teenaged son.

They cinch up the belts and murmur to him of the car he will get to drive at high speed, his future as a hero of Islam, and, of course, the seventy virgins who await him in "heaven." She sobs as other women try to comfort her. He is such a good, handsome boy. She remembered nursing him as a baby, when she taught him to walk, and when he offered her a fistful of desert flowers from his small hands. Now she can see the fear in his eyes, but because she is a woman in an Islamic country she is powerless to stop the fanatical leaders of Jihad. Her son is to die. She knows it. And, she can not stop it.

They were the same kind of Islamic men who stole four American jetliners full of fathers, mothers, and little children and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. Here in America we were 'living in peace' that day, we and all those people in the upper floors of the two towers - sipping coffee at their desks, and chatting at the water coolers when their world exploded into flames.

The same kind of fanatical Muslim Jihadists who strap bombs to kids, even Downes Syndrome kids, did not care about little children on airliners, or loving dads in business suits whispering goodbye on cell phones in the back rows of jets.

So Cindy Sheehan down there in Texas blames George Bush for her son's death as a soldier in Iraq. But her son was of legal age when he signed his name and enlisted. He made the choice. And though he may have signed up for the benefits the military offers, and which she doubtless approved at the time, he also swore to defend his country. "His country," America. The leader of the free world, and now the foremost defender of Western civilization, Democracy, freedom of speech, liberty to worship as we choose, and the pursuit of happiness. America, the exception to all other countries in the world with our glorious constitution and Bill of Rights. America, the envy of the world.

The men who strap bombs to schoolboys in Iraq know nothing - nothing, of Democracy or civilization. What Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville should know -what Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon, and the Dixie Chicks should be mindful of, is that women have the biggest stakes of all in this war.

If Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville really wanted to honor her son's memory and add meaning to his heroic sacrifice, she would be using her pulpit to talk to the women swathed in black and squatting in the huts of the Middle East.

She might say to them: "You have the power to stop this insanity. In order to save your remaining children and the future unborn, you must all become secret agents, seditionists, spies, and soldiers in burkhas. Turn your hatred of the arrogant Arab males who started this mess into action. Use thoseblack robes to secret the weapons needed to destroy radical leaders. Use your jobs - even as street vendors in the markets of your cities - to get information to Coalition Troops about where the next"Improvised Explosive Device" is planted - or the whereabouts of vicious leaders like Abu al Zarqawi. A hollowed out eggplant makes an excellent hiding place. Use your positions as cooks in mountain camps to poison roomfuls of Al Qaeda - or maybe even the big man himself. Use your knowledge of weapons respositories to blow them up yourselves. Use your position as wives to stop a husbandwho is a leader of Jihad in his bed as he sleeps. You who have given life, use whatever you have to stop this insane cult of death."

The women could do it. But they, unlike Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, would have to be willing to die for their efforts.

Cindy Sheehan's family members do not support her efforts as she camps out in Crawford, planting crosses in the dust. Her son's grandparents, along with other relatives, have posted an email message saying that she "appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the expense of her son's good name, his reputation, and the beauty of her free America."

Her husband, Patrick Sheehan, also disagrees with her. He filed for divorce on Friday, 8/12/05. He says, "I know President Bush is sorry and feels pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith." He adds, "I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis."

That, Mrs. Sheehan, is freedom. A wife and a husband can disagree, and she can go on doing what she's doing. She won't be beheaded in the town square of Vacaville. And that's what soldiers like your son are dying for in Iraq.

So what do you think about this line of thought? Too conservative? Too radical? Too onesided? Just right?


Blogger Jennboree said...

A little radical, but I get what message the email is trying to convey.

I think Sheehan's initial purpose might have been a
good one...as a free American she was voicing her loss, her anguish and disagreement with the war in Iraq. Somewhere along the way, she seems to have lost that purpose and is now swept into the sensationalism that is the press.

With all that happened in the Gulf, her crusade seems to have all but disappeared. At least for now.

12:22 PM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

My problem with this letter is that it confuses Iraq with the terrorists who attacked the U.S. on 9/11. Iraq had nothing to do with that. No, all Middle Easterners are NOT the same, but our president wants us to think they are.

Thanks, Amanda Sue, for allowing me to express my opinion. You are great and I respect you and your beliefs, even when they differ from mine.

3:45 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

that is a valid point vanessa. it is easy to see everything as one big convoluted mess over there, but really it is a specific series of events that got us where we are now.

i am not sure that i agree with the letter either. i was interested in hearing other people's opinions before i expressed mine. i don't ever forward stuff like this (unless it was something that i wrote.) that is just mindless propaganda. i think that we should THINK about the stuff we read.

basically, i did appreciate the parallel drawn between Mrs. Sheehan and the Iraqi mother. mothers are mothers, and probably have a lot of the same feelings, regardless of their race, culture, or position in society.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

I have a son who will leave for Iraq in November to fight in the war on terrorism. Although it's horrifying to think of him being over there risking his life, he was the one who made the decision to sign on the dotted line, knowing there was a very real possibility that he would have to go. And that's what he chose to do. I hate that Cindy Sheehan has had to endure that terrible loss. I often try to put myself in others' shoes and try to think, if I was in that situation would I feel differently? I really don't think I would, although the pain would be enormous. Thank God for people like my son and Cindy Sheehan's son, who are willing to fight for a better way of life for U.S. citizens and citizens around the world!!!!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Sydney said...

Man I had this huge post and it didn't post.

In summary.. I don't agree at all with Mrs. SHeehan. Bush didn't put a gun to her sons head and tell him to sign up for the military. I greive for her and her loss but in my opinion it's ridiculous.

Number 2 Freedom has a price. Our older generation paid such a high penalty for the safety we are enjoying today, and guess what we are going to have to defend our freedoms again and again. I appreciate and honor those that are willing to pay the price so that my children are safe here in America. We are so spoiled and act spoiled. It's about time that we grew up and understand that things are handed to us. Freedom has been fought for and will have to continue to be fought for.

I will leave at this... Ihad more to say... maybe I will come back and post it later.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

I think Sheehan's big beef is that she feels decieved by the Prez.

That we didn't go to Iraq because of a connection 9-11 or WMD.

I don't know that her son would care for her tactics in getting herself heard, however. But then, I didn't know him. I just know that he and all others who die for their country are heroes.

2:35 PM  
Blogger WME said...

AMEN Sydney!

It is such a shame that people act like the freedoms we enjoy on a daily basis are just handed to us without a hefty price tag that is continually being paid.

For all these people who think that Bush is so bad.....I wonder how long they would last under Saddam's rule?? I'm not saying that Bush has handled everything perfectly. However, he has removed an EVIL man from power. A man who supports terrorists who wouldn't bat an eye over killing any of us or our innocent children! How is that NOT related to 9/11?

4:45 PM  

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