Cindy Sheehan is standing by the side of the road, leading to President Bush’s Ranch, in Crawford, Texas, with a simple goal, to ask President Bush, face-to-face: “‘Why did you kill my son? What did my son die for?’ Last week he said my son died for a ‘noble cause.’ I want to ask him what that noble cause is.’”
Mrs. Sheehan has been standing on the roadside since Sunday (August 7), after she heard about the 20 Marines who were killed in Iraq last week. She heard President George Bush describe, from his vacation home, that they had died for a “Noble Cause!” Cindy’s son, Casey, died in Iraq, more than a year ago supposedly for the same “Noble Cause” and she wants a direct answer from the President: Just what is this “Noble Cause?” We believe it is a fair question to ask!
At first, we were told that there were weapons of mass destruction, stockpiled by Saddam Hussein, which included chemical factories, and nuclear weapons development, in addition to the usual heavy armaments, all given as the reasons for going to war. Then the rational shifted to topple the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein. After which, we were told that we had to take the war to the terrorists in Iraq, which was not a terrorist threat at that time, as we were led to believe.
As the past rationales for war have faded, a desperate White House is now attempting to provide a cover, for the ill conceived war, by shifting gears and attempting to give the war in Iraq an ultraistic cover “that the war as being carried out to bring Democracy to Iraq and to the Middle East in general. At the onset of this war, transferring the Middle East into a bastion of Democracy was nowhere in the lexicon of the Republican Party, the President, or the corporate structure.
What wasn’t stated was the obvious, the Oil lobbies badly want to take over control of the millions upon millions of barrels of oil that lay beneath the hot sands of Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, and Yemen for that fact, the entire Arabian Peninsula.
Mrs. Sheehan’s questions are legitimate questions that many of us want to hear our President answer. Will the President come out and meet Mrs. Sheehan, we doubt it. Mrs. Sheehan has put a human face to the anti-war movement; she has crystallized the movement, for the time being, and has tapped into the feelings of many who are now questioning this war. The discontent is growing. More and more voices are joining hers and asking the President: Why? Why are our children, brothers and sisters, and spouses dying in Iraq?
Today (Thursday) it was reported that four more Marines died in Iraq, we are sure their families want to know the answers to Mrs. Sheehan’s questions as well.