Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Look whose coming to town

Tomorrow night will give us Cindy Sheehan, celebrity peace-activist, appearing before a packed crowd in Melbourne. Whilst there is no shortage of mad ideas and quotes espoused by her, the SMH has provided us with the latest idiocies:

On September 11, 2001, she shared the views of most Americans, but with much more ominous feelings. “I was stunned, I was shocked, I was broken-hearted,” she says.

"On September 11, when that happened, I had a premonition that it would cause Casey’s death. I just got so depressed. I was in a state of depression thinking Casey would have to go to war."
Just wait.. it gets worse.

"This has been an evolution for me since Casey was killed. I didn’t like war, but I kind of thought World War II was a good war.

"But now I have gone to the total opposite, there is no good war. And violence is never a solution to any problem."
So she is against the America's WW2 efforts to stop Hitler. Then there was this astonishing claim, later proven as false:
In the first place, does anyone who is attacking me know how Casey was brought home from Iraq? We picked him up in the United loading dock in a cardboard box and he was off-loaded into a hearse without one honor guard.
And then this article, where Cindy Sheehan favors allowing Iran to pursue nuclear weapons undettered:
With all of the “Left Behind” religious fanatics praying for Armageddon, this thought is made even scarier by the fake believers in the White House who are exploiting the neo-Christian idea that Jesus was a war monger and anything our great leader does is okay, because he is a Christian man!

By putting the focus on nuclear strikes we are also forgetting the appalling destructive power that conventional weapons wield. We must not even, for one moment, contemplate a conventional invasion in Iran either. No matter how George Bush lies about how rosy things are in Iraq, they aren’t, and Iraq is proof that war of any kind is a horribly tragic way to solve problems.

She has demonised George Bush as being 10 times worse than Osama:
“I would say 30,000 more or less have died as a result of the initial incursion and the ongoing violence against Iraqis,” said George on December 12, 2005. Even if one accepts this very low guess-ti-mate by George, his policies have been responsible for ten times the 3000 deaths on September 11, 2001. By his own admission, he is ten times the terrorist that Osama ever was. If George says 30,000 ... who knows what the truthful total is. It fills me with sorrow and hurts my heart to even contemplate the number.
But sometimes a picture, of her kissing Venezuelan socialist tyrant Hugo Chavez, is worth a thousand words.