Famously Cindy Sheehan is the mother of a dead soldier, who camped out on GWB’s doorstep last summer and demanded to meet him: she failed brilliantly. Inadvertently, by turning his back on her, Bush fueled the first embers of an anti-war-in-Iraq campaign.
Sheehan’s book, Not One More Mother’s Child, is a collection of blogs, e-mails, speeches and rants. It is frankly repetitive and someone needs to tell her that the use of more than one exclamation mark at the end of a sentence is the kind of thing teenagers do in chat rooms.
On the plus side Sheehan is articluate and driven and, in the book at least, not particularly fond of her celebrity unless it can put her in a place where she can confront this foolish Texan who has done so much damage to our world. As I read her book I ached , not only for Sheehan and her loss, but also for a once noble country which has lost its way and supports aggression and cronyism in the name of peace and democracy.
Sheehan begs that “every citizen of the world do one small thing for peace each day.” God knows we must support her in that. The unsolved issue is that different people translate that idyllic quest in very different ways. For myself I can only say that our continued silence about this government, its hypocrisy and the way it chooses to do business is an extremely dangerous road to continue down.