As long as John is still feeling a bit under the weather I’ll do my best to carry on blogging for the both of us.
For John’s sake, it appears that grieving mother Cindy Sheehan has joined the lecture circuit:
I have been invited to speak to the European Union Parliament in March in Strasbourg, France. My message will be one of peace and non-violent unity against the out of control murderous and disastrous policies of the Bush Administration. I wrote extensively about meeting with other world leaders in my article, “Friends don’t let Friends Commit War Crimes.”
My message to the EU will focus on “we the people” forcing the leaders of all countries to work diplomatically and peacefully to solve problems. It is time we reach across artificial borders of lines drawn on a map to forge bonds of love and friendship with all members of humanity no matter what color, religion, language group or nationality that other person is. Killing other members of the human race is barbaric and abhorrent and should never be used to solve conflicts. This is so important with the current beating of the war drums against Iran, and we must not let off the President of Iran for his inflammatory and non-peaceful statements. The wonderful and innocent citizens of Iran don’t deserve the fate that the undeserving citizens of Iraq received and are receiving on a daily basis still.
I feel a punchline coming.
On a serious note, this shit pisses me off:
Let’s set up Camp Caseys in front of recruiter’s offices to stop our children from even enlisting to wear a uniform for the war profiteers.
No, let’s not. I have all kinds of problems with the government but the last thing that I want to do right now is starve the military for recruits. It’s like some denigrating leftie caricature. So we want out of Iraq, great. I’m on board. Now find some way to accomplish that which doesn’t leave the military even less equipped to handle real-deal threats and set up “the left” as some sort of enemy of national service. Seriously, this has to be the most counterproductive use of energy that I’ve ever seen. And yes, I understand how overzealous recruiters can sometimes make kids’ lives hell. Hassle your congressperson’s office (that works), don’t stand in front of a recruiter’s office making yourself look bad.
The recruiter story is bogus. Insofar as it existed the general problem of overenthusiastic recruiters seems to have come and gone, most likely because people complained to their congressperson’s office. Score one for sensible forms of protest, as compared with Sheehan’s misguided crusade.