August 13, 2005

Cindy Sheehan - Something to Think About

Iraq the Model has a message for Cindy Sheehan:
Your face doesn't look strange to me at all; I see it everyday on endless numbers of Iraqi women who were struck by losses like yours. Our fellow country men and women were buried alive, cut to pieces and thrown in acid pools and some were fed to the wild dogs while those who were lucky enough ran away to live like strangers and the Iraqi mother was left to grieve one son buried in an unfound grave and another one living far away who she might not get to see again. We did nothing to deserve all that suffering, well except for a dream we had; a dream of living like normal people do.
We cried out of joy the day your son and his comrades freed us from the hands of the devil and we went to the streets not believing that the nightmare is over. We practiced our freedom first by kicking and burning the statues and portraits of the hateful idol who stole 35 years from the life of a nation. For the first time air smelled that beautiful, that was the smell of freedom. The mothers went to break the bars of cells looking for the ones they lost 5, 12 or 20 years ago and other women went to dig the land with their bare hand searching for a few bones they can hold in their arms after they couldn't hold them when they belonged to a living person.I recall seeing a woman on TV two years ago, she was digging through the dirt with her hands. There was no definite grave in there as the whole place was one large grave but she seemed willing to dig the whole place looking for her two brothers who disappeared from earth 24 years ago when they were dragged from their colleges to a chamber of hell. Her tears mixed with the dirt of the grave and there were journalists asking her about what her brothers did wrong and she was screaming "I don't know, I don't know. They were only college students. They didn't murder anyone, they didn't steal, and they didn't hurt anyone in their lives. All I want to know is the place of their grave".
Why was this woman chosen to lose her dear ones? Why you? Why did a million women have to go through the same pain? We did not choose war for the sake of war itself and we didn't sacrifice a million lives for fun! We could've accepted our jailor and kept living in our chains for the rest of our lives but it's freedom ma'am.

Freedom is not an American thing and it's not an Iraqi thing, it's what unites us as human beings. We refuse all kinds of restrictions and that's why we fought and still fighting everyday in spite of the swords in the hands of the cavemen who want us dead or slaves for their evil masters.
You are free to go and leave us alone but what am I going to tell your million sisters in Iraq? Should I ask them to leave Iraq too? Should I leave too? And what about the eight millions who walked through bombs to practice their freedom and vote? Should they leave this land too? Is it a cursed land that no one should live in? Why is it that we were chosen to live in all this pain, why me, why my people, why you?

Read it all.

With all of the focus on American casualties, it is easy to lose sight of the greatest success - one for which all Americans should be proud - the removal of Saddam Hussein's regime from power. If we had not invaded Iraq, the man who was responsible for millions of deaths and made torture and death a fact of everyday life for Iraqis would still be in power. More Iraqis would be dying and more Iraqi mothers would be grieving the death of their own sons.

The Democratic party that I knew (and was previously a member of) was the party of human rights. It was the Democrats who were most vocal about torture and death dealt by cruel dictators in far away places. It was the Democrats who were most passionate about helping our fellow human beings. It was the Democrats who passed the Iraqi Liberation Act (thereby making regime change in Iraq an official U.S. governmental policy). The Democratic party that I knew were not the isolationists you see today.

What happened? George Bush was elected and made the cause of liberating Iraq his own. After two very bitterly contested elections, the Democrats have become very bitter and have moved farther to the left. The Democratic Party became too concerned with being anti-Bush to be bothered with human rights in Iraq. Some Democrats do not want to support a policy endorsed by this president. Some Democrats quietly have hoped for failure in Iraq so as to provide the Democrats with a political advantage in the next election. Some Democrats long to re-create the climate of the late 60's protests. Some Democrats have just become cynical isolationists.

Did the Democrats loudly protest Clinton's intervention in Bosnia? Did the Democrats loudly lament the casualties from that war? Did Democratic advocacy groups enlist the mothers of dead U.S. soldiers to attack Clinton's policies in Bosnia. Did the Democrats call the Bosnian war an "illegal war" because it did not have U.N. approval? No. To their credit, they loudly supported our intervention(rightly so) and prevented a genocide of Muslims.

In our heated political climate, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that politics is not a game and that their are real consequences to our action or inaction.

For more on Cindy Sheehan, see Michelle Malkin - who does an excellent job of investigating Ms. Sheehan's motives and credibility.
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