Jesus, in John 15:13 says, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
I’d like to expand on that a bit by saying this: “Greater love hath no woman than she who has lost a child and wishes to prevent other mothers from suffering the same grief.”
If you haven’t heard about who Cindy Sheehan is, don’t worry, you will. Cindy Sheehan lost her son, Casey, in April 2004 and is completely and devastatingly heartbroken. The loss of a child is hard enough. The loss of a child in war is even worse. But the loss of a child in a war that was brought about by falsehoods and lies by a President with no personal stake in it, has to be the worst of all. Cindy is a remarkable and admirable woman who, to me, wishes to not diminish her Casey’s death, but to use it and honor it by speaking out against this war in Iraq and hopefully prevent further loss of American and Iraqi life. The writing is on the wall depicting the lies and “fixed” intelligence that got us into this mess. The sad fact is that too many in this country are illiterate to the language used in that writing.
As most of you who read my little piece of the blogosphere know, my brother is still stationed in Iraq. Another family member, who shall remain nameless, is on their way soon. With that in mind, I hope to never be placed in the situation Cindy Sheehan finds herself now albeit with a sibling instead of a child.
Cindy’s protest outside President Bush’s Crawford, TX ranch is something that need not go on as long as it has. She just wants 5 minutes of the president’s time. She wants to know why. She wants to know what makes this war in Iraq the “noble cause” he claims it is. All it takes is 5 minutes. Even if she doesn’t get the answers she’s looking for.