11 August 2005

Dear Cindy Sheehan,

I have had the chance to read what you have to say about our president and about the death of your beloved son Casey. I think you are in error ma'am about some important facts regarding this issue.

First of all I cannot imagine the pain you live with everyday knowing your son is dead. True I have lost close and dear friends to this same war, but my loss is nothing compared to yours. That being said I think in your grief you have allowed your mind to trick you into what the facts are.

The first fact is that your son was a volunteer in the Army. He was not drafted, he was not forced to fight or even to be there. He was there because he wanted to be, obviously he thought this land was worth fighting for. In fact your daughter was quoted as saying here that:

That’s all he wanted to do was serve God and his country his whole life,” “He was a boy scout from age 6 or 7 and an Eagle Scout. It was kind of a natural progression to go into the military from that. He said he was enjoying the military because it was just like the boy scouts but they got guns."


So apparently Casey was where he wanted to be, the same article mentioned he volunteered for the mission that killed him. Again Ms. Sheehan this letter is not to mock your loss, or belittle it, but to draw attention to the facts, facts that you seem to have forgotten in your anger and grief due to your loss.

A second point I have seen you claim is that President Bush killed your son. Well last time I checked President Bush was not living in Baghdad plotting our soldiers deaths everyday. If anyone is to blame for Casey's death, it is Moqtada Al-Sadr, the fat arrogant shia religious leader who ordered his forces to rebel in Sadr city. How can the leader of our country be responsible for the murderous orders of a religious thug that relishes attacking American soldiers? I'm sure if you and I were talking about this you would say something about this being the "wrong war, at the wrong time, or that we were lied into it" or some other rubbish like that. Well Ms. Sheehan I have been to Iraq three times now myself and I see nothing like what is described by our media. To be sure, death and sorrow do exist here, buthope and progress live here as well. I have seen Iraq in 2003 be a bombed out wreck where people on the streets begged for food and water, in 2004 there were less people begging and more people working to improve their country, and now in 2005 a country that only knew dictators for the last 30 years now knows democracy and they love what they know. Of course there are many challenges ahead and of course failure is almost as likely as success, but the point is this Ms. Sheehan, this war that cost you so much is going to improve the lives of so many. Iraq will make the world safer if it is a success, other people's sons and daughters will be spared if we do this right. I will not call you selfish, because the price of a dead child is incalculable, but Ms. Sheehan surely you know that President Bush did not plot the death of your child and he even tried to comfort you, while the real killer Moqtada Al-Sadr still plots the deaths of other sons and daughters of American parents.

Finally Ms. Sheehan I want to ask about some of the groups you are hanging out with. A few groups have expressed their solidarity with the insurgents in Iraq, these are the same insurgents that killed your son. The New York Sun took this poll last year and this is what they found.

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."

So Ms. Sheehan, your friends on the left (well at least 2/3 of them) think attacks like the one that killed your son are legitimate. Why would you side with people that support the murderers of your son over the people that truly cared about him? In conclusion Ms. Sheehan, I just want you to think about the following three questions.

1. If your son volunteered and seemed to love the military, why would you denigrate that same military?
2. How is President Bush guilty of killing your son for defending our country, but you have not lashed out at Moqtada Al-Sadr who actually ordered the uprisings?
3. Why would you ally yourself with people that think the murder of American soldiers is not only legitimate, but cheer on those murders?

Please know that you will be in my prayers.

Caelestis in Kirkuk

LATE EDITION According to the Drudge Report Cindy Sheehan's family is asking her to please stop her behavior.

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