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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Cindy Sheehan: American Mother Has Iraqi Audience

Cindy Sheehan: American Mother Has Iraqi Audience


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(Cindy Sheehan's message resonates in Iraq today. She's become the
best-known and most articulate and clear-sighted leader to have
come out of the anti-war struggle at this time. I'm sure efforts
to find dirt on her must be going on 24-y, but she hasn't made a
single false move to date and she also give the Democratic Party
no slack for its complicity, either. A great example for us all!)
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THE WORLD
American Mother Has Iraqi Audience
By Borzou Daragahi
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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September 22, 2005

BAGHDAD - Khalda Khalaf feels Cindy Sheehan's pain. She's been there, too.

Her 28-year-old son, Majid Khalid Kabi, died in 2004 fighting on the
opposite side in the same months-long stretch of clashes between
Shiite militiamen and U.S. soldiers in which Spc. Casey Sheehan
perished.

"Of course, she's a mother and just like our people are hurting,
she's hurting too," says Khalaf, a 52-year-old resident of Sadr City,
the east Baghdad slum where Sheehan's son died in April 2004. "Just
as she wants America out of Iraq, so do we."

Sheehan, the antiwar mom who is due to lead thousands of
demonstrators converging on Washington on Saturday to protest the
U.S.-led war, has become a minor celebrity in Iraq as well. The same
satellite channels that bring quick, often gruesome coverage of the
violence in Iraq to the nation's TV screens also gave regular updates
on Sheehan's lengthy vigil outside President Bush's Texas ranch.

Forty years ago, during the Vietnam War, Ho Chi Minh and his top
deputies kept a close eye on U.S. public opinion and the antiwar
movement. Now on the streets of Baghdad, Najaf and Mosul, even
ordinary Iraqis have heard of Cindy Sheehan and formed opinions about
her and her movement.

"I sympathize with her and her cause, but I don't think that the
American administration will be affected by such a thing," said
Hassan Hashim Mahmoud, a 32-year-old government employee in Najaf.

Television and newspapers have reported the upcoming marches. And
footage of her speaking before previous rallies, aired on television
channels such as Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and Al Sharqiya, has made
Iraqis aware of the antiwar movement in the United States.

Even poor families such as Khalaf's know about Sheehan via "news"
videos distributed by political parties, such as the radical Shiite
Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr's movement, for whom Kabi died in August
2004 in Najaf.

To some Iraqis, Sheehan's stand at Bush's ranch and her continuing
opposition to the war make her a hero.

"The president doesn't have the credibility to face the mother of the
U.S. soldier who was killed in a war that many in the U.S. say was a
fatal mistake," columnist Muthana Tabaqchali wrote in the Iraqi daily
Azzaman, which the U.S. Embassy considers hostile to the American
mission in Iraq.

"Sheehan was a lady who stood like a lioness with her lofty staff in
front of the president," he wrote. "She collected all her strength
and motherhood to face the strongest president in the world to tell
him enough!"

Others, however, view her with cynicism.

"This might be a part of a political game, like when pictures of
prisoners' abuses in Abu Ghraib prison were published, just to harm
President Bush's reputation," said Hameed Shabak, 35, a Mosul
resident.

In front of the Faqma ice cream shop in Baghdad's Karada district,
Fathel Saad, a silver-haired professor of philosophy and theology at
Babel College south of Baghdad, debated a friend about Sheehan while
finishing up an ice cream cone.

"I think she is misguided," Saad said. "What the Americans have given
Iraq is the greatest gift: the freedom to think."

His friend, schoolteacher Fares Mukhlis, disagreed. "This is a brave
woman standing up for her principles that are correct," he said.

Nabeal Mohammed Younis, a professor of political science at Baghdad
University, recalled seeing Sheehan's image on Al Jazeera, the Arab
news channel, while having lunch at a Baghdad hotel with colleagues.

"We said that this woman is not very different from the women in Iraq
who've lost their sons," Younis recalled. "We started talking about
Cindy Sheehan and started to distinguish between how the women are
affected by the war and how the men are affected."

With thousands of Iraqis killed in violence since the March 2003
invasion and with the legacy of Saddam Hussein's tyranny still
haunting them, Iraqis are inclined to sympathize with a grieving
mother, regardless of their political views, Younis said.

"Most of them are with her and share her misery for losing her son,"
he said.

Sheehan's plight, as well as the news of thousands of Americans
voicing concern about the troubles in Iraq, helped Haqqi Fathulla, a
33-year-old Mosul resident, feel personally connected to Americans.

"The stand of this woman emphasizes the fact that there are no
hostilities between Iraqi and American people," he said.

Times special correspondents in Najaf and Mosul contributed to this
report.

1 Comments:

At 3:28 PM, Blogger Inheriting Syria said...

To: Cool Casey

USA Lawmakers Start Muslim Fatwa
http://misleading-america.blogspot.com/2005/09/usa-lawmakers-start-muslim-fatwa.html

September 24, 2005


From: Carl G. Mueller, Nam 68 ….. http://www.blogger.com/profile/8749161
PO Box 120707
38941 North Bay Drive
Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-8944 …..Phone: (909) 866-9310

To:
President George W. Bush
President@whitehouse.gov

Subject: Corrupt USA lawmakers allow Roman Catholic archdiocese to protect child rapists. For that reason I say, “To hell with the USA.”

Please excuse me if I appear brain sick but the unstoppable raping of children by Catholic priests bothers me. This is something our lawmakers could correct. This is not Mother Nature’s unstoppable hurricanes.

From the Associated Press 9/21/05
“PHILADELPHIA: A three year grand jury investigation of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the longest know inquiry in the national clergy sex abuse crisis, ended Wednesday with scathing allegations that cardinals and other churchmen had conspired to protect offenders. (In my opinion CA has longer inquiries and some still pending)
However, the grand jury said it could bring no indictments because of time limits on prosecuting the claims and because the Roman Catholic archdiocese is not a corporation under state law.”

This fucking corporate or unincorporated country of ours deserves to be destroyed in a Muslim Fatwa.

Sincerely,
Carl G. Mueller, Nam 68

PS:
President Bush and the Media, please search for my 9/2/05 letter sent to you both.
Subject: Death, Rapes, Beating, but Legally Forced Settlements Quiet’s Media.

PSS:
The Vulgar Slang words fuck as well as fuckup are found in my “Webster’s New World College Dictionary Fourth Edition, Copyright 2001”.

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