Cindy Sheehan: "I'm focused on my mission in Crawford to meet with the President and demand answers"

By Cindy Sheehan Huffington Post
August 18, 2005


Our candlelight vigil at Camp Casey was beautiful. There were hundreds of people here and we are hearing that hundreds of people were involved in vigils around the country. We at Camp Casey are so amazed and gratified that there were almost 1700 vigils around the country.

CNN followed me around in the morning to do a "Day in the Life" of Cindy Sheehan. I kept asking them if they were falling asleep from boredom yet. I was on Anderson Cooper and it was pretty good. Anderson didn't ask me about the Israel thing because he had checked with Nightline. But he followed with a talk show, hate monger host, Darrell Ankarlo who I have had problems with in the past. He said that I have said that I believe all of the troops are murderers and I have never said that, either. Darrell Ankarlo wanted me to be on his show, but I don't think so.

Another thing is that the Israel thing has not died. I did not say that my son died for Israel. I have never said it, I don't think it, I don't believe it. It is just another lie, smear tactic from the right. It needs to die right now. It's not the truth. I stand by everything that I have said. But I will not stand by things that I haven't said. I am not anti-Semitic. I am just anti-killing. George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war. Since there is nothing to smear me about with the truth, they have to tell lies. A former friend who is anti-Israel and wants to use the spotlight on me to push his anti-Semitism is telling everyone who is listening that I believe that Casey died for Israel and has gone so far as to apparently doctor an email from me. People have to know that he doesn't speak for me. ABC Nightline can't confirm his email is real and therefore any reporting on it is irresponsible. That is not my issue. That is not my message and anyone who knows me knows it doesn't sound like me.

I'm focused on my mission in Crawford: to meet with the President and demand answers. That's it. I have spent enough time on that. Enough is enough.

So, it was a great night with the vigil capping it off. There are so many good things happening around the country. I love the people of America, especially after seeing the most amazing stories from the vigils across the country.


PHOTOS FROM VIGIL: http://flickr.com/photos/tags/cindysheehan/


LETTERS TO LAURA Crawford Update August 18, 2005


Thursday is Women's Day here at Camp Casey. Reflecting Cindy's role as a mother and woman promoting peace, we have organized events for other women to join her in this effort. Women play such a vital role in peacemaking because we often bear the greatest burdens of war- the loss of spouses and children; the crippling anxiety of having a relative far away in battle; the hardship of running households single-handedly; and the financial strains of a war-time economy. Even if we have never had a relative or friend in war, we can sympathize with those mothers and grandmothers and sisters who have suffered.

We are also appealing to one mother in particular today: America's First Lady and Mother, Mrs. Laura Bush. Her husband may not have responded to our call for peace and justice, but we are hoping that Laura will act in her capacity as a woman and mother to persuade her husband to meet with Cindy and other military mothers, and work to bring America's sons and daughters home as soon as possible. Women of America, help us encourage Mrs. Bush to join our efforts by writing to her at <womensletterstolaura@gmail.com>. We will be printing all of your letters out by 3 p.m. today (central time) and then at 5 p.m., the women of Camp Casey -- daughters, sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts -- will march three miles to the Bush ranch to deliver these letters to her. We know it's short notice, but the act is so important, and above all, we want you women of America to be able to express your sentiments against the war.

Informant: NHNE

Cindy Sheehan


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