Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Seattle Town Hall with Cindy Sheehan

Last night was the big event at Town Hall. The Seattle PI had this story, "Sheehan blasts war, Bush at Town Hall." Here's an excerpt:
"We are not the fringe anymore," she said to a crowd of several hundred people inside the hall. "We are not the lunatics; they are. We are mainstream America."

In a 40-minute address, Sheehan lambasted Bush, defense contractors and oil companies, saying profit and hubris are driving U.S. policy in Iraq.

It is "arrogant and racist" to think that an American military presence is necessary for lasting democracy in Iraq, she said.

"We are the problem. When we leave -- problem solved. Put an Arab face on peacekeeping, without guns. Killing to solve problems is barbaric."

When recently examining the Vietnam War-era body armor of her soldier son, Casey, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, Sheehan said she thought to look for bloodstains, and the experience brought her more anguish.

She urged those in the crowd to do more than just voice their opposition to the war, saying, "Shame on me for supporting George Bush and his murder."

Sheehan, who lives in Berkeley, Calif., and another speaker, anti-war author Anthony Arnove of New York City, said Democrats are hardly better.

The Democrats "run from their own shadow," Arnove said. He elicited hisses from the crowd when he noted that such Democratic stalwarts as Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Delaware advocate for more troops in Iraq.

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