Susan Jones | Senior Editor | Thursday, August 18, 2005
On Thursday, "women who have been sitting with Cindy Sheehan" at her anti-war vigil in Crawford, Tex., plan to write letters to Laura Bush.
"As part of a woman-to-woman, mother-to-mother appeal, Cindy's supporters will ask the First Lady to urge her husband to take time from his vacation to answer the questions of a grieving mother," the MeetWithCindy website said.
The campers will try to hand deliver the letters, following a three mile march from Camp Casey to the gate of President Bush's ranch, but it's not clear how close they'll be allowed to come.
In an Aug. 18 message posted on Michael Moore's website, Sheehan describes Wednesday's night's candlelight vigil in Crawford as "beautiful." She says she is "amazed and gratified" to learn that there were almost 1,700 such vigils around the country (according to liberal groups that organized the protests).
The Associated Press reported that a large vigil was also planned in Paris.
But not all grieving parents appreciate what Sheehan is doing in their name.
Wire reports said before the Crawford vigil got under way, a Texas man came to Crawford to remove the wooden cross bearing the name of his son, who also died in Iraq.
"I don't believe in some of the things happening here," Gary Qualls was quoted as saying. "I find it disrespectful."
CNN avoids 'Israel thing'
Crawford also notes that "CNN followed me around" on Wednesday morning as part of a "Day in the Life of Cindy Sheehan" segment. "I kept asking them if they were falling asleep from boredom yet," she wrote.
"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," Sheehan says.
Later in her online musings, Sheehan notes that "the Israel thing has not died." She insists she never said that her son Casey - killed last year in the Iraq war -- had died for Israel. "I have never said it, I don't think it, I don't believe it," she writes. She calls the Israel thing "another smear tactic from the right."
Sheehan, however, has not denied calling for America to get out of Iraq and for Israel to get out of Palestine. That's the way to stop terrorism, she said over the weekend.
"I am not anti-Semitic," she writes in her Aug. 18 message. "I am just anti-killing."
Sheehan complains that "George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war."
The Drudge report quotes Sheehan as saying that "the biggest terrorist in the world is George W. Bush." She reported made that and other inflammatory comments at what Drudge describes as a "foul-mouth tirade" earlier this year at a rally at San Francisco State University.
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