Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

August 25, 2005

Exploiting Dead Soldiers

Filed under: — Different River @ 1:04 pm

Cindy Sheehan is exploiting the death of her son Casey for political purposes. Lots of people think this is alright, because (a) even though it was Casey who was killed, Cindy has presumably also suffered the loss of her son, so perhaps she is exploiting her own misfortune, which is not the same as exploiting someone else’s, and/or (b) he’s her son, so maybe she has the right to exploit his death.

But Cindy and her supporters are going beyond that — they are exploiting the deaths of other soldiers, without permission of their families.

As Mark in Mexico points to an this article:

Military families disturbed by a sea of crosses erected by anti-war protesters near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, have removed crosses bearing the names of their fallen children and transferred them to another site to show support for American troops in Iraq.
Anti-war protesters “never asked for my permission to put up a cross for my son for their cause,” said Gary Qualls, whose son was killed in Iraq. “They are not respecting our sons and daughters.”
The rival cross camps are evidence of a growing public backlash against the anti-war campaign of California activist Cindy Sheehan, who blames Mr. Bush for son Casey’s death in Iraq and has called for immediate U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mark adds:

As of yesterday morning at least 17 crosses bearing KIA American’s names had been removed by family members, many of those 17 more than once. Mr. Qualls has had to remove his son’s crosses 3 different times because the heartless and disrespectful anti-war leftists keep putting them back up. Some mothers of Fort Hood soldiers killed in Iraq who found duplicate crosses of their fallen loved ones presented one cross each to Fort Qualls and took the duplicates home with them.

Has this been reported on the daily TV news (CNN/ABC/CBS/NBC)? I’m asking because I don’t watch them, but I’m curious. Does anyone out there watch them?

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