Give War a Chance

Being in the deep south has been a very interesting experience. As George’s approval numbers hover down some where in Congress’s range and approval for their war is shrinking, we have encountered very little opposition to our message, but the opposition we have encountered has been vile, abusive and potentially dangerous.In Houston, one of the more active kingdoms of war profiteering, we encountered no protest. As a matter of fact, while we were stationed on a bridge over I-10 holding our “Impeach Bush and Cheney” and “Troops home now” signs, we had almost 100% approval. People were actually stopping their cars to applaud us and in some cases, join us.

Our next stop was New Orleans where the policies of BushCo are still harming our brothers and sisters. The various governments are gobbling up land in poor, but hard-working class areas to be used for upscale housing and/or casinos. We meet with several grass-roots organizations who are feeding people, helping them find homes and jobs. There was also not one peep of opposition to our message because the people of New Orleans intimately understand the reasons that BushCo should be impeached.

The fun started, however when we got to Montgomery, AL where right off the bat, the Secretary of the Montgomery Repugs confronted me and displayed his ignorance by stating that he loves George Bush and that George had “nothing” to do with the war in Iraq. When some Veterans for Peace confronted him and asked him why he didn’t enlist to go to Iraq if he was such a strong supporter of the mayhem, he let us know that he was “courageously” supporting the war effort by staying in America, working and “paying his taxes.” Now that the encounter with this brave patriot has been shown all over cable news, every pipsqueak repug with a bad toupe will be confronting me to get his 15 minutes of fame.

In Montgomery, our Caravan met with many nice folks who were on the side of impeachment and ending the war with us, but we also ran into a couple of people who were upset with BushCo for different reasons. On a beautiful, magnolia tree lined street where our group was hosted for a pot-luck, a home had the sign: “Give War a Chance.” The homeowner and father of five told us that George Bush “is a “pu**y” and that if he were President, he would “wipe out” the entire Middle East with nukes. He has a service age daughter whom he said he would be proud for her to go to Iraq and he would be thrilled if she got some “confirmed kills.” Another gentleman driving down the street didn’t know why we were so upset because America had a “civil war” so why can’t Iraq “have one?” We all needed to be decontaminated on that visit!

At the School of the Assassins in Columbus, Ga and in Charlotte, NC, we ran into similar problems: police presence that seemed to be there to foster violence At both places the neo-Nazi, pro-war fascist group “Gathering of Eagles” came out to mostly try to intimidate us from our mission. At Ft. Benning, after we complained, the police kept them separate from us, but in Charlotte, the police refused saying that the Eagles had their rights to “freedom of speech.” But the Eagles’ freedom of speech has included physical threats against me and actual physical force against kids and women. When the Charlotte police were told this, they said that they couldn’t keep them apart from our group until the Eagles actually did something. So I chose to stay away from the rally then go and perhaps cause them to hurt someone else because of my presence. Freedom of speech is one thing, but I don’t believe that the First Amendment protects violent speech, especially if it is one of the neocons or their media supporters calling for increased violence in the Middle East. Nothing about our movement promotes or calls for violence and it would be swell if the CPD protected everyone’s First Amendment rights, not just people whom they agree with. Gold Star Father, Carlos Arredondo, joined us in Charlotte with his display about the personal cost of war which doesn’t affect the “Gathering of Chickenhawks” at all, in fact we believe that they are the ones who disgrace our children’s memories and the memories of the fallen in Vietnam by supporting another ‘Nam like quagmire.

It is my belief that for all human history, we have been giving “war a chance” and it has never worked. There has never been a “war to end all wars.” No matter how much BushCo blather, peace cannot be spread by the use of force and democracy cannot be forced on a people at the end of a M-16. Congressional Democrats are busy throwing up smokescreens…or bones…to their “anti-war” left by their meaningless bills after they gave George 120 billion more dollars to wage these wars of aggression and potentially invade Iran.

As one of my peace idols, John Lennon said let’s “give peace a chance.”

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Cindy Sheehan is the mother of Spc. Casey Sheehan who was killed in Bush's war of terror on 04/04/04. Sheehan is a congressional candidate running against Nancy Pelosi in San Francisco. You can visit her campaign website at She is the co-founder and president of Gold Star Families for Peace and The Camp Casey Peace Institute. Read other articles by Cindy, or visit Cindy's website.

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  1. Jerry Nelson said on July 20th, 2007 at 7:38am #

    Get a life lady…your 15 mins of fame are over. I’m in the Washington D.C. area now and I can tell you the vets don’t want you here!

  2. Maurice Verbruggen said on July 20th, 2007 at 2:38pm #

    dont give up cindy , keep up the hard good work,because others are sleeping and dont no whats going on in this country.i am a 15 year legal euro american and love this country and people,hard to watch how we and my dreams go down and nobody cares.

  3. Michael Rappaport said on July 20th, 2007 at 2:46pm #

    Come on, Jerry. You’re falling for the spin. All the attacks on Ms. Sheehan — who at least has had the courage to put herself out there — only serve to detract from discussion of the real issue.

    There is a war going on that serves no purpose other than making money for people who already have more than they can ever spend. We’re nothing but the cannon fodder for these people; face it, Our Dubya’s only connection with real people is when he scrapes us off his shoes.

    Stop falling for distractions and remember the real issue.

    Stop the war now.

  4. Daoud Ali Chavez said on July 20th, 2007 at 2:59pm #

    Cindy Sheehan is clearly making a difference. Any time you draw comments like the one above, it is a good sign that your voice and actions are not just reaching the choir. No, they’re being heard way out in the cheap seats! Change is hard for people and blind patriots often react violently when diabused of their long held belief in presidential infallibility.

    Keep fighting, Cindy! Truth is on our side!

  5. Hue Longer said on July 20th, 2007 at 3:41pm #

    Jerry, you seem to put a lot of faith into corporate fame….are you suggesting we stop using the internet and consume with you during newstainment on FOX or CNN? What kind of music is popular right now? I’ve been out of touch for awhile.

  6. Mark Allen said on July 21st, 2007 at 1:25pm #

    Cindy Sheehan is a danger to herself and this country. She uses her son’s heroic death as a sop box for her demented ideals. She’s so far gone that even the real Denocrats (Not the for left) want nothing to do with her. As a Marine I can see through her veil at her hate. Would she be protesting the car makers if her son had been killed in a car accident? It makes me wonder. Army Specialist Casey Sheehan – Someone You Should (Have) Known. Casey Sheehan grew up in a devout Catholic home. He served as an altar boy and then as a key member of his church’s youth group for years.
    When he was old enough, Casey joined the Boy Scouts, becoming the very second Eagle Scout out of his troop.
    He enlisted in the Army when he was twenty years old. He decided to be a mechanic. He would undergo Combat Lifesaver training – a class on how to give IVs and treat trauma only second in intense learning to combat medic training. He was also certified to assist with giving communion to soldiers while in the field.
    Specialist Sheehan re-enlisted in the Army in 2004 knowing full well that he could be sent into a combat zone.
    Casey Sheehan was a Humvee mechanic with the 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.
    On April 3rd, 2004, forces loyal to Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al’Sadr stormed police stations and government offices in Sadr City (a city of over 2 million). They knew the Americans would come, and they wanted a fight. Muqtada Sadr was working them up into a religious frenzy. And he had his thugs murder anyone who he thought might stand in his way – even other Shi’ite clerics. His forces were known as the Mahdi Army.
    American forces quickly surrounded Muqtada al’Sadr’s quarters.
    On April 4th, 2004, al’Sadr’s Mahdi forces blocked roadways and bridges with burning tires, vehicles and trash. Visibility was less than 300 meters anywhere in the city. They began to attack American vehicles on patrol throughout Sadr City – some were protecting Shia worshipers (Holy Arbayeen) while others were escorting city government vehicles.
    A battle raged across Sadr City. Insurgents assaulted American troops while looters and mobs formed and stormed through the streets. Word spread quickly across the American FOBs that there was trouble.
    Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment were ambushed with RPGs and pinned down and dying. While fighting off an attack himself, the Commander of the 2/5th, LTC Volesky, called for help. A Quick Reaction Force (QRF) was formed of volunteers – their mission was to go out and rescue the American troops.
    Casey Sheehan’s Sergeant asked for volunteers. Sheehan had just returned from Mass. After Sheehan volunteered once, the Sergeant asked Sheehan again if he wanted to go on the mission. According to many reports and according to his own mother, Casey responded, “Where my Chief goes, I go.”
    The QRF was launched. Not long after entering the Mahdi area, the QRF was channeled onto a dead-end street where the roofs were lined with snipers, RPGs, and even some militia throwing burning tires onto the vehicles. The Mahdi blocked the exit and let loose with everything they had.
    Sheehan’s vehicle was hit with multiple RPGs and automatic-weapons fire.
    Specialist Casey Sheehan and Corporal Forest J. Jostes were killed.
    Army Spc. Casey Austin Sheehan rest in peace, sorry your mom’s excessive.

  7. Hue Longer said on July 21st, 2007 at 8:33pm #

    Thank God we have someone able to see through veils of lies and hate…who would have thought they trained marines to do that?

    Frenzy? Lol, you gotta be kidding, son…what kind of preparation do you do before you put your body in harms way? I imagine it would take a few more snakes or rosaries when it’s illegal, hostile and unnecessarily taking place in someone else’s country

  8. Mark Azman said on July 29th, 2007 at 6:52am #

    I fail to see the relavance of Mark Allen’s accusation that Cindy Sheehan is a danger to this country. What are you basing this comment on, other than your flag waving retelling of her son’s death. Your thoughtless retorick is the real danger to this country. Blind patriotism is worse than none at all. I wonder if you even understand or recognize the courage it takes to fight against the larger danger in our government; if you don’t have a gun in your hand I suppose you can’t really be fighting for something real then.