Thanksgiving 2005 outside of the Bush vacation ranch near Crawford, Texas with Cindy Sheehan.
Daily reports and photos to come . . .


Wednesday, August 24, 2005


War undoes a mother's work

Sick of those 30-second "Cindy speaks" sound bites served up by CNN? You should have been here tonight at Camp Casey where we had the opportunity to listen to her speak at her leisure. Cindy began by telling us wonderful stories about her son Casey when he was little, like the time he stood on a prayer kneeler in church and sang out to the hushed congregation, "I'm Popeye the sailor man!"-- and for years afterwards, fellow parishoners would call him their little "Popeye." She told us about his strong sense of duty and responsibility nutured during his days as an altar boy and Eagle Scout: "He always wanted to help people and serve his country. His decision to join the army was totally unexpected in some ways, but then we knew he always had that commitment to his country."

Then Cindy reiterated her mission here outside Bush's ranch. She said she is determined that no other mother go through what she went through when her son was killed. Camp Casey is "the place where the end of the occupation of Iraq began!" Finally, she expressed what so many of us want to say to President Bush: "You might be able to lie to Congress, and to the media, but you can't lie to us! This war will end when mothers say no!!!"

Photograph by Emily Sharpe, copyright 2005

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