August 11, 2005


Cindy Sheehan's Crowd (New York Sun, August 11, 2005)

[A]s sad as Ms. Sheehan's loss is - and we don't belittle it - she has put herself in league with some extreme groups and individuals.

For starters, Ms. Sheehan has been posting on Michael Moore's Web site, writing, "We have such a strong coalition of groups. GSFP, Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, Military Families Speak Out and the Crawford Peace House. I talked with John Conyers today and he wrote a letter to George signed by about 18 other Congress members to request that he meet with me. I also talked to Maxine Waters tonight and she is probably going to be here tomorrow."

It turns out that the Crawford Peace House Web site includes a photo depicting the entire state of Israel as "Palestine," and it carries a link to a report that when Prime Minister Sharon visited Crawford, the "peace house" greeted him with an "800-foot-long banner containing all of the United Nations resolutions that Israel is in violation of." The Crawford Peace House site also features a photo of Eugene Bird, who has suggested that Israeli intelligence was responsible for the abuses at Abu Ghraib.

Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and Military Families Speak Out all have representatives on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, an anti-war umbrella group. They share that distinction with the Communist Party USA. UPJ organized the march during the 2004 Republican Convention in New York, at which a New York Sun poll of 253 of the protesters found that fully 67% of those surveyed said they agreed with the statement "Iraqi attacks on American troops occupying Iraq are legitimate resistance." In other words, Ms. Sheehan's "coalition" includes a lot of people who think the persons who killed her son were justified.

We just wonder if Max Cleland is still there waiting for his meeting with the President?

Crash of Symbols A grieving family gets pulled into an anti-war demonstration (Dallas Observer, 9/16/04)

In a clash that illustrates the power of symbols over good intentions, a candlelight vigil last week honoring 1,000 troops killed in Iraq triggered a screaming confrontation between the family of a fallen soldier and members of the Dallas Peace Center.

"We got tricked," says Kathy Herriage, a family friend of the soldier. The ugly debacle left Channel 5, the publicist who promoted the vigil and leaders of the Peace Center blaming each other.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2005 1:57 PM

Brother(s) - How can one reach you? I've tried emailing you, but it bounced. Drop me an email when you have a free moment.

Posted by: David at August 11, 2005 2:47 PM

For decades we've been elevating and bestowing special privileges on the relatives of those who die in spectacular or highly public ways (air crashes, infamous crimes, terrorist attacks, etc.) These people are painted as victims (or worse, experts on what got their relatives killed) even though they personally had little or no connection to the events leading up to the death itself. So the inordinate attention paid to one anti-war mother who got lucky* and got her son killed is not surprising.

(* Lucky in the sense of a person willing to play up being a victim actually getting hit by lightning. Think of all the anti-war moms who have live with he fact that their sons come home alive, and are thus force to have to work to get their publicity.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 11, 2005 3:32 PM

I'm over here! ... still..... waiting ....


Posted by: Max Cleland at August 11, 2005 3:37 PM

I remember watching that whole Max Cleland deal on C-SPAN and that great moment when that vet showed up to present a response that Cleland wouldn't take. It completely deflated Cleland's publicity stunt. It was great.

Posted by: RC at August 11, 2005 3:50 PM

Ditto Raoul. Why can't people grieve in private anymore? Oh, I forgot, grief is newsworthy. At least the right kind of grief is.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 11, 2005 4:19 PM


Our culture has normalized and commercialized obscenity so people now do in public what should remain off stage.

Posted by: Luciferous at August 11, 2005 4:43 PM

I thought I saw Cleland holding hands with Ms. Sheehan on tv the other night.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at August 11, 2005 5:30 PM

Gee, Raoul, maybe your own family can get so lucky some day.

Posted by: Pug at August 11, 2005 5:39 PM

How do you know that maybe they didn't, but have the class to not exploit their dead in this manner? (Actually, it was before we in the rest of the family realized there was fame and fortune to be made that way.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 11, 2005 7:13 PM


Even I wouldn't have said that. I didn't know whether to laugh, or to laugh.

Posted by: ratbert at August 11, 2005 9:58 PM

Without the U.S.S.R. bankrolling these guys, as they were back in the good old days, they are much less effective.

Where does the Communist party get its funds now? Cuba? Venezuela? China?

Posted by: Randall Voth at August 12, 2005 6:24 AM

George Soros.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 12, 2005 1:27 PM