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Good By to Crawford
But Not to Camp Casey
Day 24
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

While George golfed yesterday, the worst hurricane ever struck New Orleans; oil went up to over 68.00/barrel; and an American soldier was killed in the charade and cataclysmic occupation of Iraq. The soldier's family doesn't even know what's going to hit them yet. The death is "Pending Notification." I continually ask myself: "How do George Bush and other death-mongers live with themselves?" While George vacations and bikes and golfs his way to the lowest poll numbers since Richard Nixon, other "patriots" are wrapping themselves in the Stars and Stripes and going along with the farce that the mission from hell: Killing more people in Iraq, because so many have already been killed" is somehow a good thing ordained by God. I can live with myself, but trust me, sleep does not come easily to me these days.

Yesterday at Camp Casey was, again naturally, an amazing day. Dennis Means from the A.I.M. came with a group of Native American musicians and they made a presentation to me. He gave me a shawl in the tradition of Tecumseh and he pinned a brooch of 5 stars on it from "One chief to another." He also said we should all change our last names to Sheehan and he will be known as: Dennis Means Sheehan! Sheehan is Gaelic for "Peace" which I think is such a cool thing, and not a coincidence. Casey Sheehan's sacrifice will stand for peace forever.

I missed the candlelight vigil at Camp Casey I last night, but I heard that the counter-protestors came over and held vigil with us for our killed heroes. I heard it was beautiful and life-affirming. This is what Camp Casey does for us: it transforms bitter anger into righteous, productive anger. It turns hate into love. It brings people together in new love and cements mature relationships. It brings other people together who would normally not ever meet and makes them lifelong soul-friends. It heals broken hearts and mends broken souls. I know Camp Casey has healed my broken soul and heart. A veteran from the Iraq tragedy told me that he is now cured of any bad feelings he had.  

Just another day at Camp Casey.

I must admit when I sat down in the ditch on August 6th, I thought to myself: "Self, what the hell did you do? Texas in August? A ditch filled with fire ants, rattle snakes, and chiggers? Pooping in a bucket? Dodging lightening bolts and heat exhaustion? But I knew I would have to suffer it through to the end. I knew that the people of Iraq and our soldiers have it far worse than we did. I thought as long as I could have plenty of water and an occasional shower at the Peace House, that I would survive.

What I never thought, however, was that I would grow to love it here: That I would be so overwhelmed by the magnitude of love and support I receive that I would be depressed to leave Camp Casey. I don't want to leave, but I know that for the Camp Casey movement to keep growing, we have to leave Crawford and take Camp Casey to the people.

Tonight I will write to look back on the good times, less than good times and the miracles that occurred here in Crawford. But I want to thank one person for the best "vacation" and most amazing experience I have ever had: George Bush: Thank you George for not meeting with me on August 6th and thank you for being the motivation for Camp Casey. I know you don't want Camp Casey to come to the place you reside between vacations, so I would suggest you bring our troops home immediately.

But most of all: thank you my son. Thank you for living the kind of life that inspires people to work for peace and justice. Thank you for choosing me to be your mom. Thank you for being the embodiment of love and thank you for being the inspiration for the Camp Casey movement. I promise you it won't end until all of your buddies are brought home. And I promise I will fight for your unborn nieces and nephews and the rest of the children of the world, so they won't be misused and abused by corrupt leadership like you and your buddies were.

I love you Casey.

Originally posted to CindySheehan on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:28 AM PDT.

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  •  It is my firm, firm belief ... (4.00)
    ... that everything, absolutely everything, happens for a reason.  Cindy, your journey started as one mom seeking answers but gave a voice to so many of us who are also seeking answers and action.

    You're right - it's no coincidence that Sheehan is Gaelic for "peace" as your mission (and Casey's) was  clear.  

    Blessings to all who stand with you in Crawford and around the world.  Your efforts are most definiately  not in vain.  

    I look forward to coming to DC to join in and if I'm lucky, getting to feel the amazing energy you and the others radiate.

    Bring them home. Now.

    by Bexley Lane on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:32:22 AM PDT

  •  Just One Woman (4.00)
    Cindy, other political movements started with one woman sitting down in the "wrong place."

    You lit up millions of candles that now represent the nationwide effort underway.

    We will going to D.C. to continue it on.  Thank you for all you have done and withstood.

  •  I Support You, Cindy! (4.00)
    Ever since you came to Napa and spoke in May before you were a media discovery, I have supported you and Casey.

    It is true, "Enough is Enough".
    Enough hatred.
    Enough revenge on the innocent.
    Enough killing.
    Enough dying.

    Enough is Enough.

    I will be following your trek to Washington and hopefully, I will be there.


    Lefty Limblog - It is time to WIN instead of "Appease and Cringe". Fight the Rethugs!

    by LeftyLimblog on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:45:38 AM PDT

  •  And in addition to the rest (4.00)
    you write beautifully. Thanks

    European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe
    in the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)

    by Jerome a Paris on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:47:47 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Cindy (4.00)
    b/c of you I participated in my first ever demonstration.  It was a wonderful, affirming event.  Bless you for being the catalyst.
  •  So what's next, if I may ask? n/t (4.00)

    Wounded Warrior Project Give till it hurts. They already did.

    by soonergrunt on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:51:25 AM PDT

  •  Thankyou (4.00)
    Ms. Sheehan for doing the right thing.  Just beware of that anger.  There is plenty of that to go around  and you don't want to be mistaken for Dear Leader and his sycophants.  They specialize in anger.
  •  God bless you Cindy (4.00)
    for S/He has taken from you and yet you give back! If I would define Christian it would be you.

    I can only say if my body cannot be with you in DC, my heart certainly will.

    Every mother in this country owes you Big Time. Hopefully we will be able to pick up the banner and take some weight off your strong shoulders.

    A society of sheep must beget in time a government of wolves. Bertrand de Jouvenel

    by Little Red Hen on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:55:25 AM PDT

  •  Thank you Cindy for all you are doing (4.00)
    I know you have said it is difficult becoming a symbol for the movement, but you are what we have needed for so long. Far too many politicians on the left have lost their voice. And the media cancelled the news. It's tragic. For they (including Kerry) allowed Bush to go to war. You've woken them up.
    You have given us voice. People are paying attention. That you are a mom who lost a son gives so much validity to the movement. So while it may be hard, please keep going and know that you have our love and support.
    And to top it off, as another said here, you are so eloquent, and really hit the nail on the head every time. We couldn't ask for a better spokesperson/leader.
    It makes me sad that you lost Casey, but it makes me sadder still that Casey will miss so many years with such a terific mom.
    God bless you.
  •  Maybe you changed a few hearts (4.00)
    I was relieved to hear the counter-protesters joined the vigil in peace.  If you changed even one heart/mind you changed the world.

    Best of luck as you continue on.  You're bumping up against some serious opposition, but I truly believe that God is on your side.

    •  More than few hearts. (4.00)
      Our counter protesters joined us in our peace vigil after I went and spoke to them at length about our respect for the troops.  They are very afraid that our troops will have the same harsh homecoming that they did.  Once I explained to them that is exactly what we are trying to fight against, and did so at length, I amy add, they got it, and joined out vigil.  Pretty cool.
      •  Obviously you are one cool cookie!!! (none)
        I've always contended that a calm manner and cool demeanor can prevail and it's true!!!
        Our shabby treatment of vets (including my father-in-law and family friends) really gets me going.  With what we spend on silly things we could really treat our vets with the care and respect they deserve.
        Bless you for being a bridge to those that didn't understand your mission and bless them for listening to you and having the heart and the courage to admit they had misjudged.
        I'm truly heartened.
      •  That is VERY cool (none)
        God bless you.  Thank you for serving humanity.
  •  thank you (4.00)
    Thank you Cindy for all your courage, We can only hope it will embolden others to also act.

     Personally, america to me seems to be like Europe several centuries ago.  The rich and affluent live in their own little bubble, simply unaware, or worse apathetic toward the plight and struggle of their countrymen. This plays out over and over in all societies, and it is only thorugh couragous actions taking by the common folk, that thing become corrected.

     I salute you Cindy, you are indeed a better person, leader, and human than the "man" in charge of this nation at this time.

  •  Thank you for sparking the fire (4.00)
    I'll do my best to make it to Wahington on the 24th.

    Bring them home. Now!

    by casamurphy on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:00:26 AM PDT

    •  Washington DC (none)
      Wish I could be with you all in DC.

      During this time, a trip to the capital would be a good plan.  Sit in on congress and demand some answers.  A peaceful demonstration in the halls of the capital would work too.  If they have to see you all face to face, they might realize the jigs up and it is time to pay attention to what we are saying.

  •  "I know you don't want Camp ....... (4.00)
    Casey to come to the place you reside between vacations, so I would suggest you bring our troops home immediately."

    Twenty-six beautiful words.  Sounds like it's not a threat, rather a commitment.  Ms. Sheehan, you are keepinon!

    When the middle class is gone, who will support the Republicans in the manner to which they have grown accustomed?

    by keepinon on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:01:37 AM PDT

  •  There is hope (4.00)
    because of you Cindy, hope and a new dedication to wake this country up, to open eyes that blindly follow without question.  

    Thank you for bringing the light of truth to so many, for standing up and not standing down, for being who you are.

    God bless you always Cindy.

    "September 11, 2001, already a day of immeasurable tragedy, cannot be the day liberty perished in this country." Judge Gerald Tjoflat

    by SanJoseLady on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:03:20 AM PDT

  •  It just occured to me (4.00)
    You and I are the same age.  My oldest son is a year younger than Casey...a year and two days to be exact.  
    I remember how young I was when he was born and I think of you being just 22, younger than Casey was when he died, when you gave birth to him.
    I sit here with my son and I love him and WISH sometimes that I could have those baby days back, or the skinny 11 year old who had the BEST sense of humor.
    With longing like that for all the ages my son was, I have so much to be greatful for that I have him with me now.
    Cindy, thank you for all that you do.  I wish I could hug you and maybe I will in DC.  My son and I have talked about driving there. Maybe we will wait until the other one is home from college and all of us will come there.

    I thought of this as I was reading your diary this morning:

    Psalm 121
    A song of ascents.
        1 I lift up my eyes to the hills--
           where does my help come from?

        2 My help comes from the LORD,
           the Maker of heaven and earth.

        3 He will not let your foot slip--
           he who watches over you will not slumber;

        4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
           will neither slumber nor sleep.

        5 The LORD watches over you--
           the LORD is your shade at your right hand;

        6 the sun will not harm you by day,
           nor the moon by night.

        7 The LORD will keep you from all harm--
           he will watch over your life;

        8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
           both now and forevermore.

    Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

    by TeresaInPa on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:03:57 AM PDT

  •  Honorary Texan (4.00)
    I'll say you are.  August in Texas, and outside for that matter!

    Good luck on your mission, our family is behind you and the Gold Star Families for Peace.  Come back again, but make sure it's San Antonio in the spring.  And try the Fajita's.

    All the best.

    "You might think that. I couldn't possibly comment." Frances Urquhart (House of Cards)

    by Yankee in exile on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:05:47 AM PDT

  •  tears, again. (4.00)
    "I love you, too, Mom."

    So beautiful. Thank you, Cindy.

    "The ship be sinking." M. R. Richardson

    by hoof32 on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:06:20 AM PDT

  •  Remember - (4.00)
    those who have stood for justice in the past were often ridiculed and scoffed at in the beginning too. Think Harriet Tubman, Gandhi. Cindy, you are on the right side of history. It make take a generation for some to realize that but it is true. The road is never easy for those who challenge the status quo--think of Galileo but that does not mean that the road to righteousness is not worth taking.
  •  Please don't stop (4.00)
    Stay strong, Cindy...and PLEASE don't stop.
  •  Beautiful thing! (4.00)
    What a beautiful thing you've set in motion.

    I tell ya what, Cindy "Peace" Sheehan (I love that)... if I win the MegaMillions lotter tonight, I'm hopping in my car and tagging along for as long as it takes!


    (Ah, to dream.)

    The Casey Bracelet: Proceeds to Gold Star Families for Peace and Operation Truth (mens style now avail.)

    by hyperbolic pants explosion on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:09:51 AM PDT

  •  "This is not how to solve problems" (4.00)
    Those were the words to my sister-in-law while I was on the phone and clutching my 10 month old daughter on March 19, 2003.  I was watching bombs fall on Bagdad live on CNN.  

    I opined to my coworkers, back then, that no good can come of this war and it would be very problematic if we don't find WMD in the next few months.  I had orginally feared that chemical weapons may be used against our best and brightest instantly unleashing the threat of a nuclear counter strike.  Wow, was I wrong.  But hell on earth was created none the less.

    There is no noble cause in Iraq beyond the statement "It's a noble cause".  There is no plan to put down the insurgency except to stay the course.  The deadenders have not decreased but increased in size, the insurgency is not in it's last throes. Your courage has put a spotlight on the obvious.

    America was wrong to invade Iraq and slowly America is finding out how very wrong it was.  With resources stretched thin to deal with hurricane Katrina and gas prices souring above $3/gallon, much of the nation is seeing what a real folly invading Iraq has been.  And with the post war planning so very poor and attempted corrections and counter measures making things worse, America's collective patience has been tried.
    I look forward to your Bus tour through Detroit.
    Peaceful wishes.

  •  There are a lot of Americans (4.00)
    and people around the world praying for you daily.  God bless you Cindy Sheehan.

    The Axis of Evil runs somewhere between K Street and Constitution Avenue.

    by DanielMN on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:18:12 AM PDT

  •  God bless you Cindy. N/T (4.00)

    9/11 was the Neocons' Reichstag fire. "Patriot Act" = Enabling Act.

    by Bulldawg on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:18:24 AM PDT

  •  Thank you (4.00)
    Just thank you so much for your commitment and your strength.  You are an amazing woman.  
  •  Sept. 24 for those who can't be in DC (4.00)
    For those of us who can't be in DC on Sept. 24, there are plenty of ways to show our suppport. I will be in several airports, so I plan on wearing the appropriate buttons and badges for my fellow travelers to read.
  •  Thanks to a true American Patriot. (4.00)
    Cindy, I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you, but you are now on my list of people I admire. I love your bravery and your love of country.  Thanks for being there.

    According to the 9/11 Commission there was no connection between 9/11 and Iraq.

    by txbirdman on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:31:26 AM PDT

  •  We love Casey, too. (4.00)
    What a wonderful gift you've given your countrymen and women, Ms. Sheehan.

    Thanks for inviting us into your life, and introducing us to your remarkable son. I wrote a few diaries (didn't everyone write at least 1 this past month?!), and so enjoying getting to know you both through my news clip research.

    Thank you for your tireless work, Cindy. We owe you a debt of eternal gratitude. I hope to see you in Washington, DC!

    Cheers to all at Camp Casey. The hero its named for must be mighty proud of the mission that you've accomplished in his name!

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

    by ilona on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:31:41 AM PDT

  •  You and Casey (4.00)
    not only have the power to change the world - you've already changed the world.

    You've done what an army of over-paid, over-coddled Elected Representatives and Mainstream Media Types couldn't - or rather, wouldn't - do.

    You've spoke the truth.

    And Cindy, people out there ARE listening!

    You have my prayers, my hope and my heart.

    "Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by hopesprings on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:33:34 AM PDT

  •  Thank you, Thank you, Thank You, Cindy! (4.00)
    You have done such great work, you are truly a phenomenon!

    You have done this for Casey and for all those who have died in Iraq, including Americans, Iraqis, British, and those from many other nations.  

    You have forced George Bush finally after all these years to speak the number of those who have been killed in his war based on lies and greed.  

    You have done all that is humanly possible for one person to stop this killing as soon as possible and bring our troops home, and I know you will keep on doing it.  

    You have exposed the hypocrisy of the right wing warmongers who pretend to support the troops, but dishonor and desecrate war memorials, who pretend to be patriots, but don't respect the rights of other Americans, who pretend to care about the right to life, but send young people to die in a senseless, illegal war, who pretend to be Christians but have only hatred, vitriol, and spitefullness in their hearts.  

    You have forced the media to talk about this war and the costs of this war and air both sides of the debate.  

    You have withstood cruelty and insults and slander and attacks against your family, and have done it with the greatest patience, good will, and single-minded devotion to a truly great cause.  

    There are no words to thank you, Cindy, please know that wherever you go whatever you do our prayers and good thoughts and gratitude will be with you, always.

  •  Please come to Boston (4.00)
    Cindy, with your bus tour.  I know there is a visit scheduled, but it would be great to have you personally there in one of the bluest of blue cities.  Thank you for all you have done to spur on what was the lack luster peace movement.  You will be forever an example of what one woman can do to change the world.  
  •  Thank you, Cindy (4.00)
    You are a candle in the darkness and you will always have my support.
  •  Oh, Cindy... (4.00)
    You've just brought tears to my eyes once again, this time with this phrase:

    "Thank you for choosing me to be your mom..."

    Just the other day as I was talking to a very dear man with whom I have recently become very close -- and who is a poet and a philosopher, among other things -- he told me, as we spoke of my younger son, who is seriously handicapped but who gives me so much joy just the same, that he believes that each of us, when still a spirit (or soul?), chooses the parents to whom we wish to be born.

    So if he's right, my son chose me, and I am grateful for it, just as you are grateful and proud to have been chosen by Casey. We can, although in different ways and for different reasons, feel very honored and fortunate, even with all the pain and desperation we may suffer.

    Thank you.

    "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." - Mark Twain

    by Donna in Rome on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:37:49 AM PDT

  •  Cindy - Our Warrior (4.00)
    I don't know if these have been posted yet, but if they have, they're still worth seeing again:

    Cindy and Dennis Banks

    Cindy Sheehan, left, begins to cry as Anishinabi elder Dennis Banks of the American Indian Movement puts gold stars on her warrior shawls presented to her at Camp Casey 2 near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas

    Cindy and members of the American Indian Movement

    Cindy Sheehan looks on as members of AIM, American Indian Movement, honor her with a warrior song at Camp Casey 2 near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, Monday, Aug. 29, 2005.
    (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    Veterans at peace camp air hurricane recovery concerns
    Anishinabe tribal elder Dennis Banks presented Cindy Sheehan with the bust of an eagle. Banks said the figurine was in lieu of an eagle feather, which is considered the highest honor bestowed upon an American Indian.

    Banks, of Leech Lake, Minn., is co-founder of the American Indian Movement, which has led high-profile protests such as the takeover of Alcatraz Island in 1969 and a 71-day siege in 1973 between activists and the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. The latter helped highlight the prejudice and dire poverty faced by many living on reservations.
    I read over on DU that he drove 1,357 miles to present the shawl to her.

    Bring Them Home Now Tour
    •  wow (none)
      1357 miles...that's unbelievable.
    •  wow (none)
      these pictures are very powerful.
    •  Thank you (none)
      This was such a great honor.

      Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

      by TeresaInPa on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:29:07 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Attention All Terrorists! (none)
      Our true Commander in Chief, Cindy Sheehan, is just one example of the kind of people you are trying to bring down. Our national symbol, an American bald eagle with one talon clutching arrows and the other talon holding an olive branch, reminds all of the power of peace being equal to war.  Beware of us, for we will triumph.  Peace will prevail.  You will never win because we are Cindy.
    •  Great pictures! (none)
      The rebroadcast of the events at Camp Casey will soon be covering the ceremony. Click the link in the signature line.

      Right now they are covering the announcement that the left-over supplies are being donated for the hurrican victims. Also, there are statements by Gold Star Families.

      Oregonian Steven DeFord spoke about his KIA son, David W. Johnson, of the Oregon National Guard. He said that David had enlisted to help Oregonians fight forest fires and with other disasters here at home. He was a cook and firefighter before 9/11. He was sent to Iraq to shoot people and was killed himself.

      Listen to Crawford broadcast of the Brad Show live starting every day at noon (CT)

      by SisTwo on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:13:13 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  don't be rude (4.00)
    Be sure to stop over at George's and say goodbye to him too.  Southern hospitality demands it.  I'm sure he's going to miss you.

    free the information

    by freelixir on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:45:10 AM PDT

  •  Cindy (4.00)
    Your last simple line in this diary touched me deeply. That the right wingers accuse you of being anything other than a grieving mother is despicable. That final thought summed up your work at Crawford. I know Casey loved you too.
  •  Bush golfed (4.00)
    Years ago, one of the die-hard republicans in my family finally had it with Ike when the local paper ran as adjacent headlines SPY PLANE SHOT DOWN (or words to that effect: it was Francis Gary Powers and the U2) and PRESIDENT GOLFS. It was the final straw for this uncle that the president out of it at a moment of crisis. (Wasn't a Japanese premier in the same situation at a time of crisis, perhaps the Tokyo subway attack)? KATRINA DEVASTATES/BUSH GOLFS could have a similar effect on some.
  •  Your diariies need to be (4.00)
    put into a small book, along with photos.
  •  A Mother's Courage (4.00)
    You are an inspiration, Cindy.  A whole person who speaks her mind and reveals her heart.  I support you and will continue to support your future efforts to expose this 'ignoble fraud' the neocons have perpetrated on this nation.
  •  One word describes you Cindy! (4.00)

    "I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in." George Mc Govern.

    by Street Kid on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:57:03 AM PDT

  •  Good by? (1.60)
    typo alert...


    Mitch Gore

    Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

    by Lestatdelc on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:02:22 AM PDT

    •  WTF? (none)
      Are you guys 1 rating me for?

      I was pointing out that the headline and also in the body text contains the incorrect spelling of Goodbye.. and for that I get 1 ratings?

      Fucking pathetic people, really fucking pathetic.


      Mitch Gore

      Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

      by Lestatdelc on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 12:15:10 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  No explanations for the 1s (none)
        because I was pointing out a typo that shoudl be fixed, and now more 1s.

        Absolute morons.


        Mitch Gore

        Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

        by Lestatdelc on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 02:07:27 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Because the second post on this thread is (none)
        the exact same nitpicking, and this has been discussed ad infinitum up top.  Nitpickers clog
        up threads so we can't read what is important.  Not only is your post not important, because the
        meaning of the diary is quite clear, but you post
        is factually incorrect.  Because your post is not
        a troll, I am not giving a zero.  Read the thread
        before posting your "discovery".  Look at the beam in your own eye before pointing out the non-existant mote in your brother's eye.
        •  Grow up! (none)
          Can't you two find a way of settling your dispute without defiling this moment?
          Here we have a beatuful, sincere and loving person saying she'll see us later and thanks for the love and support, etc. And all you can do is argue about an "e" or no "e" and a hypen or no.
          Shut the HELL up and show some respect.
          Were you raised by wolves or republiklans or something?
  •  even from very far away (4.00)
    so many of us support you, Cindy.

    there are lots of pics, but I thought you'd enjoy this one: Camp Casey Tokyo

    thank you.

    aka terrintokyo4dfa

    by Terri on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:08:21 AM PDT

  •  Inspiring us all! (4.00)
    You beckoned the world to pay attention and Cindy we are ansering your call. Every day, every way we shall overcome!!! I made it to be with you in Crawford but cannot make it to DC. BUT will be front row and center in LA on the 24th!! Bless you Ms. Peacemaker. I love you, the country loves you, the world loves you and we all know that Casey loves you. Nameste!

    The more understanding one posesses, the less there is to say and the more there is to do.

    by Alohaleezy on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:11:05 AM PDT

  •  Cindy, you gave a media voice to all of our pain, (4.00)
    outrage and questions! Thank you! We stand beside you 100%!
  •  Go Get Him (4.00)

    Cindy Peace.

    I know how men in exile feed on dreams. - Aeschylus

    by Patricia Taylor on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:29:16 AM PDT

  •  An admission. (4.00)
    I have to admit that I love your diaries and I genuinely look forward to reading them. And each time I am through reading one, I find myself pulling my chin, as I stare at the computer screen. I do this for about four minutes until I snap out of my trance.

    What I find amazing are the things that you say, and the way you say them.  It's all truth. No fancy words or phrases. No guile. It's intimate, friend to friend, neighbor to neighbor. It's how REAL people speak. And I will bet it's what most people feel. Yet, only you had the nerve to say these things.  And then I say to myself: Suppose you -- YOU, CINDY SHEEHAN -- were, say a Democratic senator. . . would you still be able to speak the simple unvarnished truth without guile, or would you have been inhabited by some fungus that makes jelly of the spine?

    All I can say again is thank you for being you.  

    "The ONLY way we are going to win elections is to stand up for what we believe in. Deep conviction." Howard Dean. 6/22/05

    by Lords on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:29:47 AM PDT

  •  I saw Cindy Sheehan Ads at FOX (4.00)
    I just saw the Cindy Sheehan's ad at FOX and it was very powerful.

    I admire your courage and hope our leaders do the same--STAND UP FOR THE TRUTH AND WHAT IS RIGHT!

    I hope Democrats and even Republicans ---  ask Bush that staying the course is not working--We need to change course and the first step is to fire Rumsfeld and have reality based experts without any corporate agenda advising Bush.

    Stop Corporate Influence; buy DEMOCRACY BONDS!!!

    by timber on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 08:31:30 AM PDT

  •  I know Casey is looking down (4.00)
    on his Mom today and feels so proud.  
  •  Damn... (4.00)
    Every time I read a post by Cindy I get teary-eyed.

    That's all.

  •  Thank you, Cindy. (4.00)
    I have a son and a daughter and even though I love them with all my heart, I guess I still don't love them enough. Reading in this diary your thank you to your son and your promise to him will, I hope, inspire me to love my children and the rest of my family even more than I already do. I believe it will and I thank you, and Casey, for that.
  •  Vacaville's practically the Midwest (4.00)
    It gives me unlimited amounts of hope that somebody like Cindy can come from somewhere like Vacaville. Unlike many people's conception of California, it's not all a big beach and/or cities. There's vast areas of farmland and one of the great growing regions of the world in the Central Valley. Vacaville is some factory outlets, a couple of exits off I-80, a bunch of farmland and small suburban track housing. Vacaville is NOT Berkeley.

    What has always shocked me about Cindy and made her actions so powerful is that she does not look or sound like an activist. She reminds me of my or one of my friend's mom. Just a really nice person. And if the moms, the really nice, pleasant people get it...well, the power brokers of this country are in some serious trouble.

    Keep fighting Cindy. When you get back to Vacaville, please come to Sacramento. We should continue to build momentum. You, like many others around you, have "seen the light" and will never be able to turn back.

    And in case you're wondering, you don't have to ponder whether or not you've changed things...because you already have.

  •  may I suggest, (4.00)
    that we all turn up at DC, September 24th. This will be a good time to boost the population of DC, by 1 million or so.
     Thank you Cindy for what you have started, and hope to see you in DC.

                   Peace   ABA 607

    "Fight the good fight everybody"

    by american badass 607 on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:09:09 AM PDT

  •  Wishing You... (none)
    Buaidh (Victory!)

    God Bless

  •  Thank you Cindy! (4.00)
    Thanks for fighting for all of America, including those ignorant ones who are attacking you. I pray for your health and courage.

    When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall. Think of it: Always.

    Cowards can never be moral. -Gandhi

  •  too much information, cindy (none)
    "pooping in a bucket"? whoa. wonder if the right-wing demagogues on talk radio are going to pick up on that.
  •  Your time in Crawford, Texas (4.00)
    ... is a great honor to your son.

    And to us all.

    Thank you.

    The most un-American thing you can say is, "You can't say that." -G. Keillor

    by Eddie Haskell on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 09:38:14 AM PDT

  •  god damn it, now I'm going to cry. (4.00)
  •  The student newspaper at my university (4.00)
    had an opinion on you, Cindy, that repeated some of the favorite conservative points.  Why does it seem so hard for them to think a woman can be a leader.  A mother who disagrees must be a pawn?  A "tool"?  And not honoring our troops.

    So I decided to write and point out that he was assuming wrongly that women can't have their own ideas AND that the military don't at all like the idea of some of our best young people being sacrificed because of civilian deceit and ineptitude.  

  •  COOL indeed (4.00)
    that Sheehan means "peace" in Gaelic, because Casey will from now on stand for "peace" in American-English!
  •  You're part of history. (none)
    Please get into an Air Conditioned van and hope you are well rested before the journey to DC.  A lot of us out there in the silent majority are pulling for you.

    The problem with this country is not the people, but the government.  Over 50% of the people oppose the war or think it was a mistake, but they have no representation in Washington.  Even though centrist Democrats are as angry as we are at Bush, they refuse to say a cross word in public against Bush to force him to change the policy.  They are decent people but less than stellar politicians.

    You, however, can inspire them to act.  I would hope that we can target Democrats in order to push them to reflect the true will of the party's base.

  •  Coming Soon...To YOU? (none)
    •  Sorry to be so cryptic (4.00)
      Cindy's coming soon to a town new you...Check it out!

      Central Tour

      Dallas, TX:   Wed, Aug. 31st

      Little Rock, AR:   Thu, Sep. 1st

      Memphis, TN:   Fri, Sep. 2nd
      Air America Radio interview; interfaith service.

      St. Louis, MO:   Sat, Sep. 3rd - Sun, Sep. 4th

      Indianapolis, IN:   Mon, Sep. 5th - Tue, Sep. 6th

      Columbus, OH:   Wed, Sep. 7th - Thu, Sep. 8th

      Cleveland, OH:   Fri, Sep. 9th

      Pittsburgh, PA:   Sun, Sep. 11th - Tue, Sep. 13th

      Philadelphia, PA:   Thu, Sep. 15th - Sat, Sep. 17th

      Trenton, NJ:   Sun, Sep. 18th

      Baltimore, MD:   Tue, Sep. 20th

      Northern Tour

      Kansas City, MO:   Thu, Sep. 1st

      Wichita, KS:   Thu, Sep. 1st

      Des Moines, IA:   Fri, Sep. 2nd

      Minneapolis, MN:   Sat, Sep. 3rd

      Madison, WI:   Sun, Sep. 4th

      Chicago, IL:   Tue, Sep. 6th - Wed, Sep. 7th

      Toledo, OH:   Thu, Sep. 8th - Fri, Sep. 9th

      Detroit, MI:   Sat, Sep. 10th - Sun, Sep. 11th

      Buffalo, NY:   Mon, Sep. 12th

      Syracuse, NY:   Tue, Sep. 13th

      Albany, NY:   Wed, Sep. 14th

      Amherst, MA:   Thu, Sep. 15th

      Boston, MA:   Sat, Sep. 17th - Sun, Sep. 18th

      New Haven, CT:   Sun, Sep. 18th

      New York City, NY:   Sun, Sep. 18th - Mon, Sep. 19th

      Southern Tour

      Austin, TX:   Wed, Aug. 31st

      Houston, TX:   Thu, Sep. 1st
      Congressional visit; Rally

      New Orleans, LA:   Sat, Sep. 3rd - Sun, Sep. 4th

      Mobile, AL:   Mon, Sep. 5th

      Tallahassee, FL:   Tue, Sep. 6th

      Montgomery, AL:   Thu, Sep. 8th

      Atlanta, GA:   Sat, Sep. 10th - Sun, Sep. 11th

      Savannah, GA:   Mon, Sep. 12th

      Columbia, SC:   Tue, Sep. 13th - Wed, Sep. 14th

      Fayetteville, NC:   Fri, Sep. 16th

      Raleigh-Durham, NC:   Sat, Sep. 17th

      Richmond, VA:   Mon, Sep. 19th

    bush is cutting short his vacation by two whole days to go to d.c. and check on the hurricane. umm the hurricane is in Louisiana and Mississippi you dolt.
  •  The tour (none)
    needs to set up a satellite camp at Pat Robert's office to get him to keep his (so far reneged on, shocking, I know) promise to investigate the misuse of intelligence on Iraqui WMD's.
  •  God Bless you Cindy... (none)
    You have such great heart.
    Now you've gone and made me cry...
    And, I never do that.

    The truth, plainly spoken in love, will triumph.

    If you dance with the devil, then you haven't got a clue; 'Cause you think you'll change the devil, but the devil changes you. - illyia

    by illyia on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 11:19:28 AM PDT

  •  Thank YOU, Cindy (none)
    Good luck.
    Peace in the world
    Peace in your heart
    Peace in our time

    /"If being wrong's a crime I'm serving forever"/ P. Westerburg

    by mungley on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 11:47:31 AM PDT

  •  Irish Blessing for Cindy (4.00)
    May the road rise to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face.
    And rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.

    We'll all look for you in the heart of our country, Washington DC.

    Peace March Info:

  •  An Ideal World (none)
    The world would function optimally if each person at night would sincerely pray or wish the following:

    "Oh Lord! Treat me tomorrow as I have treated others today."

    (This statement can be modified according to presence or absence of religious beliefs--it is the concept that really matters.)

    Could you earnestly ask for this?  Some days it would make me really anxious to make such a wish/prayer.


  •  Beautiful, Cindy (4.00)
    counter-protestors came over and held vigil with us for our killed heroes. I heard it was beautiful and life-affirming. This is what Camp Casey does for us: it transforms bitter anger into righteous, productive anger. It turns hate into love. It brings people together in new love and cements mature relationships. It brings other people together who would normally not ever meet and makes them lifelong soul-friends. It heals broken hearts and mends broken souls.

    Blessed are the peacemakers.

    "...psychopaths have little difficulty infiltrating the domains of...politics, law enforcement, (and) government." Dr. Robert Hare

    by RubDMC on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 01:12:55 PM PDT

  •  Thanks Cindy (none)
    Oh, yeah, almost forgot.  You are the greatest, and I think you could say that prayer honestly.

    Thanks immensely for what you are doing and what you stand for.

  •  Peace and Blessings Cindy (none)
    Siochain agus Beannachtai
    (peace and blessings)
  •  Farewell (none)
    or Au Revoir? Just seems like a change of locals,really. This ones going to take awhile to clean up. And a lot of work.

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 02:29:47 PM PDT

  •  Wow (none)
    What a month for you and so, so many others. The birth of a movement. Deep gratitude from me to you.
  •  Thank You (none)
    Just that... Thank You, Cindy.

    "Getting on with my life means a life without my dear, sweet boy. I wish a little bike ride could help me get on with my life." Cindy Sheehan

    by Dunbar on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 02:47:21 PM PDT

  •  Maybe Good By to Crawford, but... (none)
    Camp Casey is here to stay. It is imbedded in our hearts and souls. We will carry the spirit of Casey and other military men and women who've lost their lives in this needless war, everywhere. Bush will not escape their memory!
  •  What an amazing example you have set. (none)
    Thank you, Cindy, thank you.  Thank you for giving birth to Casey and being the best mother he could have hoped for.  Thank you for loving him so much, you stepped up to the plate and demanded a reason for his untimely death.  Thank you for loving your country so much and children around the world so much you risked your own well being to camp out in a ditch in Texas to demand an end to this illegal, immoral war.  Thank you showing us all a way to bring an end to war.  Thank you for standing tall, speaking with an unwavering voice and being an inspiration to us all to join you and march with you to bring an end to this horrible war.  My husband, a true skeptic who feels all is lost as long as Rove is in power, felt hope for the first time after watching you on REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER.  He's joining me on Sept. 24th to march with you.  You are making us all better people and I will always bless you.  See you in DC!
  •  For Cindy S (none)
    Ms. Sheehan, If this reaches you, first I am very sorry for your son being killed, and I thank you as do many others for the moral clarity of seeing the Second Iraqi War for what it is, and the enormous courage to stand up to the powerful and violence-minded.  In a day of public figures almost universally spewing oily, tinselly gobbledygook, that combination in you just takes one's breath away.

    You must have faced brutally tough issues raised by Casey's death and Bush's policy to get to where you are, and I hope my question won't offend or hurt, but be in that line.  Here goes:  Your son did volunteer for the military.  Presumably he did not volunteer at the time to be sent to Iraq, into the particular confrontation in which he was killed, or to die.  I imagine he and you traveled a complicated path of changing views about the military and the war as that sequence unfolded.  I don't know if you have talked about this in public already - - I haven't followed the coverage that closely - - but I wonder whether at some time you could tell us about that path that you and Casey followed?

    This seems to lie behind some of the opposition to the movement you've started, that raises issues of the so-called "using" or "speaking for" the victims of war, after their deaths.  It leads up to, for the soldier him/herself, a sort of grotesque hypothetical that we supposedly need to answer:  At the moment of death, how did s/he feel about the war?  About dying?  The theory seems to be that if the soldier was at that moment a supporter of the war, or of his/her own death (?), then his/her death cannot be used in a moral argument against the war.  For the surviving family, does it matter whether they were pro- or anti-war at the time of death, as if perhaps there's something inauthentic about investigating the facts about the war policy after the death?

    Questions like this came to mind when thinking about other family members of soldiers killed, who remained vociferously pro-war and pro-Bush.  Some were on a radio show yesterday (after you were on for awhile).  Some might be among those who were opposing the "Camp Casey movement" numbering their lost loved ones, including the crosses, etc.

    At first it may seem inconceivable that such family members could remain pro-war, especially with such a fury and hostility to your efforts.  But they and theirs also traveled a path, from enlistment through deployment and to loss and beyond.  Understanding the paths of all victims and their survivors - - why some such as you went a very different way from others - - may be very crucial to understanding the culture of militarism and how to get beyond it.

    I'm reminded of Kerry's finest hour, saying to Congress as a young activist:  "How do you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?" - - another display of relentlessly clear moral thinking (which if he'd emulated in his campaign he'd be in the White House now).  There may be a parallel:  How do you ask a parent to acknowledge that her son died for a mistake?

    That's rough duty to ask of anyone.  It seems you stared it in the face, reached conclusions and got active, and deserve the admiration of the world.  But maybe we should be slow to criticize those who aren't there (yet).  There are all the comforting trappings to help one avoid it - - "the country," the flag, the President.  The death must have been for all those, not a mistake.

    So, my question was back there somewhere.  Best of success to you in what you're doing.

  •  That (none)
    was a very moving dairy Cindy. I love you and wish you all the best, I hope you take it to the doorstep of the whitehouse.
  •  Bravo! (none)
    Cindy, not only do you have my admiration, but also my deepest respect. Casey's Mom did good.


    In a democracy, dissent is an act of faith. - J. William Fulbright

    by IndigoBlues2 on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 03:46:51 PM PDT

  •  Prayers (none)

    Observing you this weekend at Camp Casey graciously receiving the outpouring of love and support from people all over the world, and all walks of life... and  seeing you so generously sharing your life with hundreds of perfect strangers,  I feel honored to be on your side--the side of peace.  There is no doubt in my mind that Casey is with you in spirit, and is the wind beneath your wings.  Thank you for your heartfelt hug. I will treasure it always.  Thank you for giving us hope.  And in the dark of night when you are alone with only your heartbreak, please remember that there are millions of us whispering a prayer of peace for you, Casey, our soldiers,  and for the world.  

  •  When the history of these times (none)
    is written, you will be credited with having changed the course of events.
  •  I love you, Cindy. (none)
    Sending you tears and hugs.  We have your back.

    ...the White House will be adorned by a downright moron...H.L. Mencken

    by bibble on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 05:38:01 PM PDT

  •  You were wonderful on Day-to-Day, Cindy (none)
    You gave powerful rebuttals to all of Alex Chadwicks talking points.  I especially liked the part where he said that the United States didn't create Saddam, and you said, "Didn't we?"  and proceeded to enumerate how the US propped up Saddam and encouraged his little war with Iran.

    You are a marvelous communicator, Cindy.  Your strength and sincerity give great power to your words and your writing.  Thank you for embarking on this mission for peace and accountability.

    I have a son who will be 30 this year. My greatest fear is that he and his sister will be sucked into the nightmare Bush has created.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for trying to stop this war, to prevent any more of our kids from dying. When I hold his beautiful little daughter, I pray that you will know the joy of holding your baby's baby someday.  You have faced such suffering and sorrow with truth and grace.  The world will long remember Casey's mom.

    I hope to see you in Toledo.

  •  If anyone is still reading this - 2 requests (none)
    First, can you direct me to the wonderful picture that was in the comments of a recent diary? It was of the big tent at Camp Crawford (The Taj Mah-Tent) in the evening with the lit crosses in the foreground. Thought I'd copied it, but can't find it now.

    Also, if anyone is interested, there is a live broadcast from Crawford this evening. I diaried about it, but it's dropping fast. You can click the click in the signature below for info about the radio show.

    Listen to Crawford broadcast of the Brad Show live starting every day at noon (CT)

    by SisTwo on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 05:54:40 PM PDT

  •  cindy, (none)
    i doubt you have time to read comments around here, but i'm sorry you lost your boy to corporate imperialism.  and thank you for standing up while the machine tries to tear you down.

    "Private property means you get nothing"
    -Jeff Ott

    by mediaprisoner on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 06:37:08 PM PDT

  •  Cindy (none)
    I'll miss your daily posts - I headed home everyday just to read them (if I wasn't able to steal time at work!).  They have been an intimate part of my life since you went to Crawford on Aug 6th.  And I will always, always remember what you have done for the peace movement.  I'm so very happy that Camp Casey healed your broken heart and soul.  You have helped heal a lot of broken hearts and soul and your legacy will carry on as we build this movement to bring our troops home.

    God Bless You!

  •  Cindy can't complain about not meeting any (none)
    interesting people in her life - wow - Joan Baez, Martin Sheen and getting the native Americans in the act.  I think there must be a Casey angel looking and laughing with his mom!
  •  Thank You (none)
    Cindy Sheehan for being the miracle that you are. My respect for you is so great.

    Arts Education is vital!

    by washingtonsmith on Tue Aug 30, 2005 at 07:54:25 PM PDT

  •  "the place you reside between vacations" (none)
    In addition to enjoying this beautiful diary, I am absolutely LMAO over this turn of a phrase!!

    Thanks.  For everything.

  •  See you in D.C., Cindy (none)
    Lots going on now, including George Galloway showing up to give a talk, so everyone be there and lets make the most of it. I have volunteered my home out in the country for anyone on the bus tour when it stops in Fayetteville NC. (Through Haven't heard back yet, though.) Feel free to spend the night, Ms. Sheehan! It's the home of Ft. Bragg, in a red state, but the discontent is bubbling under the surface. I have a wonderful view of a horse farm out the back bay window. On to Washington!
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