At What Price, Safety?

I am consistently amazed at things that right-wing nut jobs throw at me to justify their support of an unjustifiable war. Seriously, when you watch Generals, Ambassadors, Senators and Congress Reps and pundits who still cheerlead for a miserable, failed and murderous policy you can almost see the skepticism in their eyes, too. They know they are lying for their masters now, if they, like George and Dick didn’t always know they were lying.

However, a measly segment of our population are still so willingly ill-informed and ignorant of the facts are grasping for straws.

At the recent “Support for our Troops” rally that was held by the Republican backed and funded Move America Forward and Gathering of Eagles (who I like to call the “Smattering of Pigeons”) groups last Saturday where they had 1/100th of the numbers of the true “Support the Troops” (and the people of Iraq) rally and march that was sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, we pro-peace people were even called “Communists” several times. I have asked people what they mean when they call me that so-last century epithet and they say: “Yeah, you hate America.” Well, for all of those who have eyes but refuse to see, and ears but refuse to hear, this is what Communist means:

Someone who supports communism which is a theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.

I don’t see how wanting peace and wanting our government to finally quit lying to us and stop killing people to further their hegemonic goals of bringing corporate America to every corner of the globe makes us Communists; maybe Humanists, patriots or great Americans, but Communists, no. Some people in America do belong to the Communist party, which is not against the law, and it is also not against the law to be a Muslim, yet.

One of the more morally reprehensible notes from the supporters of death I receive is the one that goes something like this: “I am for peace, too, but not at the expense of my family.” These people are saying that it is okay to ruin my family and thousands of other families in the US who have been torn apart like the bodies of our loved ones to keep other families “safe.” I have news for these people, as bad as the sacrifices have been for some families in America, the people of Iraq have suffered far more for the deceptions and greed of BushCo. Think about this: America killed over a million Iraqis between Gulf I and this current occupation, and that did not keep my family safe, or the families of the people killed in 9-11. How can one sleep at night thinking that her family is safe when so many people are devastated by the policies that she thinks is keeping her family safe? Never mind the National Intelligence Estimates that have rightly showed that our transgressions in Iraq and such inhumane prison camps as Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib are increasing Islamic extremism.

What makes Mrs. Safety think that the Iraqi babies are less precious than her babies? Does the geographic accident of her baby’s births give them more right to be safe than the Iraqi babies? Maybe Mrs. Safety thinks that her babies deserve more protection because they are white and Christian? Or just maybe because they are hers?

I spent 24 years of my children’s lives thinking that I was doing everything I could to protect them. I guarded the boundaries of my family like a Doberman. I didn’t let anything bad in those boundaries to hurt my children until 2000 when an Army recruiter broke through my defenses to lie like a son of a bitch to my son who would ultimately be killed so Mrs. Safety’s babies could have the illusion and delusion of safety. Casey and my family paid a dear price for my thinking that my babies and my boundaries are the only ones that were precious and worth protecting. It will only be when we realize that all human life if precious and worthy of protection and know that all of the world’s children belong to all of us that war will stop being used as a tool in Satan’s tool-box of greed and destruction.

Many Muslims and American soldiers have told me that I may have lost a son, but I have gained millions of sons and daughters in my work for global peace and understanding.

They are all our sons and daughters as Casey was your son.

We have to stop giving our leaders free-passes to kill our children, anywhere and everywhere.

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. Michael Donnelly said on September 19th, 2007 at 9:53am #

    Bless you, Cindy Sheehan. Your courage and Truth are inspiring in this time of great evil. Thank you so much for putting yourself out there.

  2. Robert B. Livingston said on September 19th, 2007 at 11:09am #

    People should know that Cindy Sheehan is running for Congress against Nancy Pelosi in California’s 8th District (in San Francisco).

    Nancy Pelosi has said that she wants to keep “impeachment off the table.” Pelosi’s opposition to war has been trivial at its very best, and her policies have been in direct opposition to the will of most San Franciscans (and probably the whole country).

    I hope all those who tell us repeatedly that we must organize and work our butts off for change will recognize that Cindy is an ideal candidate to organize and work for.

    Cindy is no pie in the sky– she is available and ready to work on our behalf now.

  3. AFTAB said on September 19th, 2007 at 2:39pm #

    We have to elect new and friendly faces in the government and show these hypocrites that enough is enough and you no longer can trick us or ruin our lives. Let’s elect Cindy who is a voice of peace and harmony. Stop the blood shed of millions of innocent people and bring the troops home. For all those who are watching the next presedential elections their is one candidate that sticks out like a soar thumb. he speaks the truth. visit.

  4. sheldon g said on September 20th, 2007 at 8:20am #

    you are a true patriot……

  5. Alex Seredin said on September 22nd, 2007 at 9:18pm #

    Cindy Sheehan, you are the finest human being this country has produced. May God bless your efforts to save the lives, and more importantly the sanity of thousands of American soldiers. After killing 1.2 million Iraqis, I am sure that our troops are realizing that they are pawns in a game of colonializing Middle East, and that their lives valued very little by those who sent them to wage war. People like you are letting the soldiers know that killing is wrong, colonization is wrong, and stealing other people’s land is wrong. Yes, we must bring our troops home, even yesterday is too late!