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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The big lie: they're fighting for our freedom
Strike the Root
Robert L. Johnson

"Listening to Bush supporters who have come out to oppose Camp Casey and its creator, Cindy Sheehan, it becomes painfully obvious how well a big lie really works on the minds of millions. Some of them have lost family members in the unnecessary war in Iraq that the neocons and Bush started. They can’t bring themselves to see reality--that their loved ones did not die for American freedom but were instead used as pawns by the politicians and the powerful Israeli lobby group American Israel Public Affairs Committee. For many people, it’s hard to admit when you’re wrong, especially when the cost of being wrong is so high. It’s much easier to believe the government and the big lies they tell and that the media protects." (08/25/05)


Will the real leaders please stand up?
Joshua Frank

"Go ahead and get excited about Cindy Sheehan's overnight popularity. It really is a incredibly important development for the antiwar movement. But before we drop what we are doing and follow her lead, we better take a sobering step backward and recognize Sheehan, alone as a one-woman show, has very real limitations. First, we should start listening to what she is actually saying, which is that this is not about her or her loss. It's about the war. It's about the slaughter taking place in Iraq right now. She's also calling for troops to come home right now. Which is exactly what the antiwar movement should be calling for. But isn't. Not yet anyway." (08/25/05)


Will the media help Bush exploit 9-11 again?
Common Dreams
Norman Solomon

"For a long time, the last refuge of scoundrels was "patriotism." Now it's "the war on terror." President Bush and many of his vocal supporters aren't content to wrap themselves in the flag. It's not sufficient to posture as more patriotic than opponents of the Iraq war. The ultimate demagogic weapon is to exploit the memory of Sept. 11, 2001." (08/25/05)


'Peace mom' returns to Texas war protest
Yahoo News

A fallen soldier's mother said Thursday that the anti-war vigil she started nearly three weeks ago near President Bush's ranch won't end when she and other protesters pack up their camp next week. Cindy Sheehan said the day after she leaves Aug. 31, she will embark on a bus tour ending up in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24. Then the group will start a 24-hour vigil in the nation's capital. .... Sheehan returned on Wednesday to "Camp Casey," named after her 24-year-old son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, who was killed last year in Iraq. .... Sheehan said she realizes that Bush has no intentions of meeting with the protesters, but that her vigil has accomplished other things."I absolutely think it's worthwhile because we've galvanized the peace movement," she said. "We've started people talking about the war again."Sheehan's protest in Crawford has encouraged anti-war activists to join her and prompted peace vigils nationwide." (08/25/05)


The fire sermon
Moscow Times
Chris Floyd

"In his inaugural speech last January, President George W. Bush repeatedly invoked images of unbridled, ravaging destruction as the emblem of his crusade for "freedom." Fire was his symbol, his word of power, his incantation of holy war. Mirroring the rhetoric of his fundamentalist enemies, Bush moved the conflict from the political to the spiritual, from the outer world to the inner soul, claiming that he had lit "a fire in the minds of men."
But words are recalcitrant things; they have their own magic, and they will often find their own meanings, outside the intentions of those who use them .... This "fire in the mind" has now found its own symbol in the unlikely figure of Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a slain American soldier. .... Sheehan is no professional activist, no savvy insider or political junkie. She's an ordinary citizen whose unadorned speech has none of the sweep and grandeur of Bush's expensively tailored rhetoric. But she has one thing that his professional scripters can never put in the presidential mouth: truth." (08/26/05)



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