These are sentiments reserved for the most radical members of the anti-war movement. These are sentiments that echo precisely the words of Osama Bin Laden and his ilk. "[O]ppression and the intentional killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy," Bin Laden stated in a 2004 tape sent to Al Jazeera. "Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance. … The policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations -- whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction -- has helped Al Qaeda to achieve these enormous results."
How is any of this different from Sheehan's insistence that America goes to war for oil and corporate gain?
How is any of this different from Sheehan's belief that Iraqis are worse off now than under the regime of Saddam Hussein?
How is any of this different from Sheehan's contention that President Bush is "the biggest terrorist in the world," a "filth-spewer and warmonger," an "evil maniac," a "war criminal"?
How is any of this different from Sheehan's statement that Iraqi terrorists are actually "freedom fighters"?
Sheehan's words are despicable. Dissent is valuable and necessary. Demeaning American values, slandering the President of the United States, openly sympathizing with the murderers of American soldiers -- none of it is valuable or necessary. It is reprehensible and repulsive. No exceptions, Mrs. Sheehan.
Pain and grief are powerful emotions. They mandate our sympathy. But our sympathy for a grieving mother cannot and should not outweigh our sympathy and support for the men and women still fighting to promulgate American values and protect American freedoms -- and their parents. Even Cindy Sheehan can go too far.