Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Freedom, Courage, Sacrifice and Valour: A Message to Cindy Sheehan

Today, I read one of the most beautiful eloquent hearfelt compelling insightful commentaries on freedom and sacrifice, in an open letter addressed to Cindy Sheehan. The entire letter can be read on Iraq the Model.

At the beginning I told myself, this is yet another woman who lost a piece of her heart and the questions of war, peace and why are killing her everyday. To be frank to you the first thing I thought of was like "why should I listen or care to answer when there are thousands of other women in America, Iraq and Afghanistan who lost a son or a husband or a brother…”
But today I was looking at your picture and I saw in your eyes a persistence, a great pain and a torturing question; why?

Later he says "Freedom is not an American thing and it's not an Iraqi thing, it's what unites us as human beings".

I am sorry for Cindy's loss, but I am more saddened that Cindy Sheehan has decided to dishonour Casey's sacrifice in this classless manner.

It would also appear that she is disingenious.

I have seen pics of her with Pres Bush and she was BEAMING and I have read her comments made after meeting the President.

Excerpted from an article published in The Reporter.com

"But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn't stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election. "
"We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn't have to take the time to meet with us," Pat said.That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said

How quick Mrs Sheehan forgets!

It would seem Cindy has now chosen celebrity over sincerity and in doing so allowed herself to be manipulated by Michael MooreON and the left wing anti Bush media and activists.

In that respect she dishonors her son, and while I sympathize with a grieving mother, her insincere theatrics stink of a selfishness that stands in contrast to Casey 's SELFLESSNESS.

Perhaps it would benefit not just Cindy, but AmNUTSty International, Michael MooreON, the left wing media, the Hollywood fuckwits and left wing anti-Bush Dumocrats, not to mention Iraqi's and all citizens of free nations to read what Mohammed wrote in order to better understand Freedom, which is the cornerstone of any democracy, the ongoing struggle in Iraq, and the sacrifices Freedom demands of all of us!

Casey did not die for some misguided ideology that governs terrorists; rather he died for a noble cause: to help ensure that the God given inalienable right to freedom and to self determination are available to Iraqi's, and in turn, to all Arabs in the Middle East.

Eli Weizel, a man who has lost so much,who suffered terrible grief, who saw family and friends perish at the hands of evil, reminds us that "Hope is like peace. It is not a gift from God. It is a gift only we can give one another.It is our gift to each other.Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings."

Casey sacrifice was about giving other human beings hope.

Casey now rests in peace, and I can only hope that Cindy can find her own inner peace.

(originally posted Aug 12 6:45 am)


I've just seen your ad- and it's both disingenuous and reprehensible, as are your online conversations with bloggers. Your 180 about-face stinks...and the more you keep this up - the worse you looks. I used to feel sorry for you Cindy...I used to have sympathy for you - a grieving mother who lost her son - but after watching the honorable, graceful,dignified, supportive, manner in which the parents of those Marines who died in the Battle of Fallujah have dealt with their loss..with such resolve and strength and dignity - well, Cindy, all I can say is that you come across as a selfish woman seeking publicity rather than a grieving mother seeking peace.

Each family member of those Marines killed in Fallujah has remained courageous as they have come to terms with the ultimate sacrifice made by their loved ones. Each mother and wife has displayed a quiet dignity, a strength, a resolve in dealing with their loss, and yet they still stand firm in the understanding that their loved one deaths were not in vain!

Their sons and husbands, just like Casey, died battling evil and the enemies of freedom! Enemies that would kill you rather than let you voice your anger through public display.

Casey died for our freedom and so that Iraqi's may also know freedom, and I am moved by his valor and sacrifice. However, I am sickened by your desire for celebrity..and your disingenuous undignified about-face.

How quick you forget your own words in 2004 upon meeting the President. Perhaps you should review them, they have been captured in print and in pictures on The Reporter.com and linked above. What happened to that brave mother? Where has she gone? You now appear far more consumed with celebrity than with grief!

"I wish no war would ever happen," injured Marine Klay South’s mother Janet has said. (Her son was wounded in the Battle of Fallujah) "That’s not how things are. There are evil people out there and evil regimes." All these mothers and wives believe in this mission, and support our President in his resolve to face down evil "EVIL cannot be run away from- we cannot hide from evil".

"There’s not one minute in any day that I don’t think about him," Ed Blecksmith told Fox News, about his son J.P.Blecksmith, the brave young platoon leader who was also killed in the battle of Falluhjah.

But, Blecksmith believed his son was doing the right thing, fighting the terrorists, freeing the people of Iraq from tyranny, paving the way for democracy there.

April Killian widowed at twenty three, also has a hard time making sense of the war - she thinks we rushed in there, but she hasn't chosen to seek the spotlight in the hideoous way you have..."my husband did not die in vain...he thought what he was doing was right and I backed him one hundred percent...you cannot put blame on anyone....but I wished it went the other way"

'You cannot put blame on anyone". At 23 yrs of age, Cindy, this grieving wife and mother has a maturity beyond her years. THIS IS HOW A BRAVE COURAGIOUS WOMAN DEALS WITH THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE MADE BY HER HUSBAND.

Like your son, Casey, and like these grieving fathers, wives, and mothers, you could have chosen to act heroically,Cindy,by demonstrating strength,dignity and resolve, but instead you have chosen celebrity over courage.

"Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)


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