Anti-war protestor and grieving mom Cindy Sheehan has announced she is ending her campaign to stop the war in Iraq. And like anyone who lost a child in an unjust war, was abused by the right, and manipulated by the left, she is angry and heartbroken:
The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing. His precious lifeblood drained out in a country far away from his family who loves him, killed by his own country which is beholden to and run by a war machine that even controls what we think. I have tried every since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful. Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives. It is so painful to me to know that I bought into this system for so many years and Casey paid the price for that allegiance. I failed my boy and that hurts the most.
That's a pretty succinct summary of a country in deep, deep crisis, and a bleak realization that nothing will change until the citizens of the USA make it happen. Said Sheehan:
Good-bye America ...you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.
Interesting this has received so little media coverage in the States. I'm guessing it's because she's going after everyone- the media, the Republicans and the Democrats (or, as I like to call them, the Republicrats and Democrans), and may now be justifiably viewed as a hot potato. I'm not sure how history will judge Sheehan's legacy, but it is hard not to be affected by the power of her anger and sense of betrayal.