The moment she lost me
Not long after the start of the Iraq war I found myself in an argument with a woman that I had once admired and respected. Up until this point we had many things in common. If we could have avoided politics we may have remained friends, but we couldn’t and so we didn’t.
When the inevitable confrontation began, I admit to being more than a bit worried. It wasn’t that I felt my position was weak instead I found that I didn’t have much confidence in my ability to articulate it.
Much to my surprise I held my own quite well. I didn’t lose my cool and start ranting and raving at her although I was more than a little angry at the accusations she was making and there were times that I would concede she had valid questions to which I had no answers.
The biggest being why Iraq instead of Iran or North Korea? Because as far as threats to our national security it was hard to top these two countries and I found myself argeeing with her in principal for questioning the reasoning behind our military strategy.
But then it happened, that moment when all ground she had gained with me slipped from her grasp. She went into a mini tirade about Israel, she went so far as to connect the administrations support of the Jewish state to the war in Iraq. Suddenly I could no longer hear her and I lost all interest in trying to. She may have had more valid points to offer but I will never know as after that moment all her words even those that may have been sensible were muted and discarded as useless.
The anti Israel and Jews are bad no matter where they call home meme is so over played. The constant droning that Jews are responsible for all of the worlds ill’s has made even the most valid criticisms of Israeli policy worth nothing more than being filed in the “here we go again” section of my brain.
Is there some genetic defect that causes even the most brilliant of minds to succumb to this disease of anti-Semitism? Is there no way to innoculate against this cancer’s power of corruption?
My post is really about Cindy Sheehan.
I have been loathe to write even one word about her, although she has often been on my mind. She’s had the power to conjure many emotions within me. I have felt empathy for her pain, I’ve felt fury at what I see as her exploitation by the most radical among us, I’ve been angry at her anti war and anti Bush rhetoric.
I would have never felt comfortable criticizing her because I can not possibly know the madness to which her grief has driven her, but now after her anti Israel remarks I find that I feel nothing for her at all. I can only wonder when it was that her crusade stopped being about her son Casey and became what it is today.
Like my former friend she has become a parody of all the ideals she claims to hold, it’s just to bad she seems content to turn her son into one as well.
The following is a poem sent to me by Russ Vaugh, Although we may have reached this place from different stopping points, like me he has lost his patience and understanding with Mrs Sheehan.
A Useful Death
A mother’s anguish turns to ire,
Her liquid tears to spears of fire,
A useful fool for the liberal Left,
All hatred now, no more bereft.
The honor which her son embraced,
Is now dishonored, now disgraced,
As his mother stands atop his grave,
From there to shriek, from there to rave.
Yes, some are maddened in their grief,
And grief can surely change belief;
But this woman’s views, her family say,
Have long been held, long fore today,
Enabling Leftists to use her grieving,
For Moore deception, Moore deceiving.
I see this mother as a willing fool,
A useful Moorish Code Pinko tool.
As one who fought in another place,
I sorrow for this boy’s disgrace,
By a zealot mother grafting grief
Stealing his brave deeds, an honor thief,
Usurping his valor to claim her share,
Five minutes of fame in Media’s glare.
Her platform one you don’t see often:
A dishonored, flag-draped, soldier’s coffin.
I can hear Michael Moore muttering under his breath,
“Yeah, this was really a useful death.”
Wake up Mrs Sheehan, you have already lost so much and you are on the verge of losing more. Only this time you will not be able to claim it was taken from you, this time you are freely giving it up.