Skip to comments.Sheehan to protest at U.S. posts in Germany in March
Posted on 02/23/2006 5:58:11 AM PST by PleaDeal
RAMSTEIN, Germany Cindy Sheehan, mother of a soldier killed in Iraq and the woman who protested the war last summer outside President Bushs Texas ranch, is scheduled to bring her anti-war message to U.S. military installations in Germany next month.
[Weve already heard] that Cindy Sheehan is like Hanoi Jane [Fonda] coming here, said Elsa Rassbach, an event organizer with American Voices Abroad, which is supporting Sheehans trip.
But, she said, Were here to just democratically talk about U.S. policy.
On March 11, protesters plan to walk from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to a parking lot just outside Ramstein Air Base, where Sheehan will be at a camp, paying tribute to those who have died in the Iraq war.
Cindy will be with us at Camp Casey Landstuhl/Ramstein to call attention to the fact that Germany is Europes logistical hub for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and others threatening Iran and the Middle East, according to an event flier. Germany has the power to stop the further use of U.S. bases in Germany for illegal wars and criminal methods of warfare the power and the right to just say no!
Organizers are hoping to erect the camp known as Camp Casey for Sheehans son in a parking lot outside Ramstein Air Bases west gate. The parking lot is under German jurisdiction, said Erin Zagursky, an Air Force spokeswoman at the base. Protest organizers are meeting with city officials in Ramstein and Landstuhl to gain permission for their event.
Sheehans goals are to bring the troops home and have peace on earth, she said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.
Her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Sheehan said in an e-mail she was too busy for a phone interview with Stars and Stripes.
I dont know anything about the visit, she wrote. It is being arranged by some people in Germany.
With the Kaiserslautern military community home to more than 50,000 Americans with military ties, Sheehan could face a rough welcome. When asked for comment Wednesday on Sheehans upcoming visit, several soldiers in Kaiserslautern asked if they could be quoted anonymously.
One soldier, who recently returned from Iraq, did give his name but didnt have much to say about Sheehan.
Anything I would have to say about her, you couldnt print, Army Staff Sgt. Mark Genthner said.
Beginning March 9, Sheehans European visit will take her to Frankfurt, Aachen, Landstuhl and Ramstein in Germany. On March 13, Sheehan is scheduled to have a news conference in Paris, and the following day will address the European Union parliament in Strasbourg, France.
A protest organizer in Landstuhl said he was asked by others, including some of the 732 members of the European Union parliament, to arrange the protest involving Sheehan.
The meeting with Cindy Sheehan is coming to us by an offer of members of the European Union in Strasbourg, said Detlev Besier, a Protestant reverend in Landstuhl. They asked whether it was possible or not to visit Ramstein Air Base and the hospital. It was not our idea. We were asked whether it was possible or not.
On March 11, protesters would like to bring gifts, such as books, flowers and homemade goods, to the wounded troops at Landstuhl to show solidarity to the soldiers wounded in the Iraq War, according to the event flier.
We want to make it very clear to soldiers and staff there, we are glad that there is a good medical facility for the wounded, Rassbach said. We just want less wounded troops and for this to go away.
Officials at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center have received no requests for the group to visit the hospital or make donations, said Marie Shaw, hospital spokeswoman.
Rassbach said she did not know what response servicemembers would have to Sheehans appearance outside Ramstein Air Base.
Some press and some opponents say that Cindy is coming as their enemy, Rassbach said. Our message is support our soldiers, bring them home, take care of them. Thats what were about.
They had to run away to Germany because the DC Chapter of FR ran their butts off the Walter Reed site.
Could somebody, ANYBODY, please find out how/where in the world this woman is getting all of her money to do all of this traveling?
The sad part is that her son is in Heaven now saying "Ma, will you give it a rest and get on with you life"... He's probably more concerned about how his buddies are doing in Iraq and she had to be the ultimate embarrassment...
How much would we have to pay Germany to keep her?
Why doesn't she go to Iraq and protest beside the dead bodies of American soldiers and Iraqis?......see how long she lasts, that treasonous piece of crap..........
I will laugh all day if the German cops bust her for not having a permit, or some such minor "Teutonic" nonsense.
Except that good American kids would probably have to risk
their lives to protect her and her entourage from jihadis, which I would not want to see.
Nope, they're still there.
How did Cindy Sheehan make a living prior to becoming a screeching professional anti-war protestor? She has hit the mother lode with regard to getting leftists to fund her lifestyle.
Who's bankrolling this wack job? Soros? Moore?
from the demon-crats of course.
I 'm sure she is getting hordes of it.
maybe she will get $267,000 just like ol' billy
or maybe it was al jazeera
or maybe it was hitlery
should i keep going??????
it kind of gets monotonous after a while
She isn't entitled to any protection from American forces or otherwise. Just ask the female reporter who is missing........
I heard they lost their permit and had to go down the street.
That's true. But they're still there, in front of Walter Reed, every Friday. Only about 150 yards away.
Which is why she spends so much time protesting at the embassies of Muslim dictatorships.
Where's a good bulldozer when you need one?
If Cindy traveled to the Middle East and was abducted would anyone care? not me.
Jihad Cindy and her fellow travelers should take their case to Ahminejdjad (sp). I'm sure he would lend a sympathetic ear.