Skip to comments.Iraq war foes ready for 2,000th military death
Posted on 10/24/2005 12:58:51 PM PDT by kromike
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cindy Sheehan, the military mother who made her son's death in Iraq a rallying point for the anti-war movement, plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq.
"I'm going to go to Washington, D.C. and I'm going to give a speech at the White House, and after I do, I'm going to tie myself to the fence and refuse to leave until they agree to bring our troops home," Sheehan said in a telephone interview last week as the milestone approached.
"And I'll probably get arrested, and when I get out, I'll go back and do the same thing," she said.
The death toll among U.S. military forces since the March 2003 invasion stood at 1,996 on Sunday.
The milestone's approach prompted plans for hundreds of other demonstrations across the United States, but for Sheehan, each military death in the Iraqi war has been a tragedy.
"To me, every single member since Number One has been tragic and needless and unnecessary," she said. "My son was somewhere around 615, and I've been working so hard for peace since my son was killed and now almost 1,400 more soldiers have been killed since Casey died."
Army Specialist Casey Sheehan was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004.
Beyond Sheehan's plans, a candlelight vigil is planned at the White House to mourn the 2,000-death milestone. Hundreds of other demonstrations are scheduled for the day after the milestone number is reached.
"I hope that this milestone marks the point when the American people realize the U.S. military is not going to stop the violence in Iraq, and they instead start demanding a political solution to this problem," Sean O'Neill, a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, said in a statement.
'HUMAN COST OF A LIE'
The American Friends Service Committee was helping coordinate activists to protest the Iraq war.
"On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, people will gather in communities across the U.S. to say that the countries pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war," a coalition of anti-war groups said online at www.afsc.org.
"The clock has stopped ticking for 2,000 Americans in Iraq, and once again there is a media craze, another reason for people to pay closer attention to the human cost of a lie, but for how long this time?" said Camilo Mejia, an Iraq combat veteran who served a year in prison for refusing to return to the war in Iraq.
"Perhaps it's time for the American public to realize that each death counts, American, Iraqi or otherwise," Mejia said in a statement.
Another anti-war group, Peace Action, called on Congress to pull troops out of Iraq.
"Bush's insistence on continued military occupation feeds the insurgency. Congress must now take the leadership role in bringing our troops home," said Kevin M. Martin, executive director of Peace Action.
At the White House, demonstrators plan a quiet vigil.
"We ask that people do not bring signs or posters, just candles and perhaps pictures of soldiers," the notice for this event read. "No megaphones or speeches. Quiet mourning, prayer and song. No opportunities to offend or exclude."
An early October survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press of U.S. attitudes toward the war in Iraq found only 9 percent of respondents thought the war was going very well; by contrast, 22 percent thought it was going not at all well.
Half of all respondents said the United States made the wrong decision in using military force against Iraq; 44 percent said it was the right decision. The survey had an error margin of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
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Yeah well you're not going to get "peace" with your solutions. Just grief where you don't have to look at.
It's a great place for her, I've seen many dogs tied to fences before.
DIMS: "THIS IS LIKE NEW YEARS EVE!!! Where are the noise makers and confetti...WEEEEE!!!"
That's why I wrote the article below. Do what you can to encourage the press to do its job on the whole story. If done by the reporters, that will expose and isolate Cindy as she deserves. Click below for more information.
2000. You can practically hear the excitement, the longing, the anticipation in her chalkboard sounding voice. She's lost touch with the notion that we are speaking of lives, and how many are lost because of her sedition, her aid and comfort to those who actually killed her son.
Cindy Sheehan seems to go out of her way to make loath her. She is the quintessential whiny, liberal piece of trash.
Can they electrify the fence? Just a little? A few volts? A half an amp? C'mon, just short a 6-volt lantern battery to it. I just wanna see her twitch a little and maybe lose control of a bodily function or two. Please?
These war protestors must be getting excited - we are down to less than 10 to go.
I'm sure they are hoping that the last soldier gets killed on a nice fall day in DC, so they don't get rained on while they protest.
Is she chained to the fence yet?
Time to give 'er a nice, big ZOT!
Already Been Chewed news, always eager to dwell on
Mother Sheehan's ghoulish, defeatist treason.
2,000th? Let's examine the toll...2,000 deaths in Iraq. We lost 2,000 deaths at the Battles of Brandywide and Germantown, 2,000 were lost in the day at 1st Manassass (Bull Run), the first hours at Fredericksburg, and the first first 30 minutes at the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam). Another 2,000 were lost in one month in Cuba in 1898; 2,000 were lost at the 2nd Battle of the Marne, 2,000 were lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941...and, God knows, how many more 2,000 men were lost in the opening minutes at Omaha Beach, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Anzio, and Tarawa. And even that2,000 is an expensive price for loved ones paying the price for America, IT IS A CHEAP PRICE TO PAY FOR LIBERTY!
Oh, my no - gloating over the 2000th death won't offend anyone at all.
Since when did the number 2,000 become so significant in American history? Two thousand is about fifty six thousand short of the Left's "gold standard" for self-inflicted military failure, Vietnam. Two thousand is (IIRC) about fifty one thousand short of the Korean War totals, two hundred and forty eight thousand short of WWII and over one hundred thousand short of our losses in WWI (which only lasted a year and a half). I know that "every loss is tragic to a grieving parent", and that there's no such thing as "light casualties" to the GIs who have to fight and die, but on an objective, historical level our casualties in Iraq thus far are less than a bad day at Pearl Harbor, or on Omaha beach.
There were around 5000 killed on D-Day alone
What a ghoul. As far as I'm concerned they can leave her sorry a$$ there!
The fighting at Antietam was so fierce that Sept. 17, 1862, a single day of the war with some 23,000
Lock yourself to the fence, I'll stop by the grocery store for eggs and tomatos
Honestly let her tie herself to the fence then arrest everyone else and leave her ass tied up for a few days and nights.