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Sunday, August 14, 2005

Cindy Sheehan

I know that pretty much everyone in the blogosphere, except for me, has posted on Mrs. Sheehan. To be more accurate, I've posted, but not on my site. First, I would like to offer my deepest condolences on her loss. I'm sure most of us have experienced the loss of loved ones in the past, and it's a particular pain I would not wish on anyone. In accordance with the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States for which her son fought and died, she has the right to peacefully protest. Whether or not such protest is wise is another issue altogether. I would post further, but I feel I would not be as eloquent in my expression of said opinion as this post on the blog of Neptunus Lex, which had in turn linked to the Mudville Gazette. However, far greater in my eyes than either of those posts is that on Iraq the Model. So instead of continuing with my opinion, I cede the remainder of this post to that site, written by Mohammed on Iraq the Model on August 12, 2005:

A message to Cindy Sheehan

"I realize how tragic your loss is and I know how much pain there is crushing your heart and I know the darkness that suddenly came to wrap your life and wipe away your dreams and I do feel the heat of your tears that won't dry until you find the answers to your question; why you lost your loved one?

"I have heard your story and I understand that you have the full right to ask people to stand by your side and support your cause. At the beginning I told myself, this is yet another woman who lost a piece of her heart and the questions of war, peace and why are killing her everyday. To be frank to you the first thing I thought of was like "why should I listen or care to answer when there are thousands of other women in America, Iraq and Afghanistan who lost a son or a husband or a brother…”

"But today I was looking at your picture and I saw in your eyes a persistence, a great pain and a torturing question; why?

"I know how you feel Cindy, I lived among the same pains for 35 years but worse than that was the fear from losing our loved ones at any moment. Even while I'm writing these words to you there are feelings of fear, stress, and sadness that interrupt our lives all the time but in spite of all that I'm sticking hard to hope which if I didn't have I would have died years ago.

"Ma'am, we asked for your nation's help and we asked you to stand with us in our war and your nation's act was (and still is) an act of ultimate courage and unmatched sense of humanity.
Our request is justified, death was our daily bread and a million Iraqi mothers were expecting death to knock on their doors at any second to claim someone from their families.
Your face doesn't look strange to me at all; I see it everyday on endless numbers of Iraqi women who were struck by losses like yours.

"Our fellow country men and women were buried alive, cut to pieces and thrown in acid pools and some were fed to the wild dogs while those who were lucky enough ran away to live like strangers and the Iraqi mother was left to grieve one son buried in an unfound grave and another one living far away who she might not get to see again.

"We did nothing to deserve all that suffering, well except for a dream we had; a dream of living like normal people do.

"We cried out of joy the day your son and his comrades freed us from the hands of the devil and we went to the streets not believing that the nightmare is over.
We practiced our freedom first by kicking and burning the statues and portraits of the hateful idol who stole 35 years from the life of a nation.
For the first time air smelled that beautiful, that was the smell of freedom.

"The mothers went to break the bars of cells looking for the ones they lost 5, 12 or 20 years ago and other women went to dig the land with their bare hand searching for a few bones they can hold in their arms after they couldn't hold them when they belonged to a living person.

"I recall seeing a woman on TV two years ago, she was digging through the dirt with her hands. There was no definite grave in there as the whole place was one large grave but she seemed willing to dig the whole place looking for her two brothers who disappeared from earth 24 years ago when they were dragged from their colleges to a chamber of hell.

"Her tears mixed with the dirt of the grave and there were journalists asking her about what her brothers did wrong and she was screaming "I don't know, I don't know. They were only college students. They didn't murder anyone, they didn't steal, and they didn't hurt anyone in their lives. All I want to know is the place of their grave".

"Why was this woman chosen to lose her dear ones? Why you? Why did a million women have to go through the same pain?

"We did not choose war for the sake of war itself and we didn't sacrifice a million lives for fun! We could've accepted our jailor and kept living in our chains for the rest of our lives but it's freedom ma'am.
Freedom is not an American thing and it's not an Iraqi thing, it's what unites us as human beings. We refuse all kinds of restrictions and that's why we fought and still fighting everyday in spite of the swords in the hands of the cavemen who want us dead or slaves for their evil masters.

"You are free to go and leave us alone but what am I going to tell your million sisters in Iraq? Should I ask them to leave Iraq too? Should I leave too? And what about the eight millions who walked through bombs to practice their freedom and vote? Should they leave this land too?
Is it a cursed land that no one should live in? Why is it that we were chosen to live in all this pain, why me, why my people, why you?

"But I am not leaving this land because the bad guys are not going to leave us or you to live in peace. They are the same ones who flew the planes to kill your people in New York.
I ask you in the name of God or whatever you believe in; do not waste your son's blood.
We here have decided to avenge humanity, you and all the women who lost their loved ones.
Take a look at our enemy Cindy, look closely at the hooded man holding the sword and if you think he's right then I will back off and support your call.

"We live in pain and grief everyday, every hour, every minute; all the horrors of the powers of darkness have been directed at us and I don't know exactly when am I going to feel safe again, maybe in a year, maybe two or even ten; I frankly don't know but I don't want to lose hope and faith.

"We are in need for every hand that can offer some help. Please pray for us, I know that God listens to mothers' prayers and I call all the women on earth to pray with you for peace in this world.

"Your son sacrificed his life for a very noble cause…No, he sacrificed himself for the most precious value in this existence; that is freedom.

"His blood didn't go in vain; your son and our brethren are drawing a great example of selflessness.
God bless his free soul and God bless the souls of his comrades who are fighting evil.
God bless the souls of Iraqis who suffered and died for the sake of freedom.
God bless all the freedom lovers on earth."


Sheryl said...


I just found a supplement to Mozaic TV, which sort of goes along with what you are writing about here. I think it was you a while back that was saying that muslims were not doing enough about condemning terrorism??? Or am I thinking of someone else?

Anyway, is like mozaic, except that they subtitle their streams, are in Windows Media Player rather than Quicktime, but what I do like is that they archive their feeds as separate stories, so you can link to stories in your blog.

Anyway, I was just browsing through their archive and found several recent streams discussing terrorism and war and America's role from different points of view.

Here's a link to the entry I made in my blog:

Because just like with Americans, there is no absolute arab or islamist opinion on anything. Just a lot of individuals trying to work out with each other what is right and what is not.

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

It was someone else you were thinking of. Honestly, I view Islamofascist terrorists as being morally and substantively equivalent to their Judeo-Christian counterparts and other extremists. In short, I believe them to be little more than common thugs who use whatever religion or ideology they purport to believe as an excuse to murder innocents and terrorize societies. I found it more than adequate when the nation's largest Muslim organization spoke out against terrorism, but I also found it unnecessary, as I never lost sight of the fact that other lower-ranking members of the various sects of that faith had already said words to the same effect years ago, shortly after 9/11. I also remember who was responsible for Oklahoma City, and how accurately they represented the views of mainstream Christianity; in short, not at all. My belief about why it took that organization so long to come out and make that statement is because it, like any large and loosely-cohesive organization, takes a very long time to make any substantive statement. As an example, it took the Catholic Church somewhere on the order of 4 centuries to apologize for their treatment of Gallileo Gallilei.

It's very easy to paint all members of a certain faith with one brush, even one as large and varied as Christianity or Islam. It's even convenient, and lessens the perceived need for thought or for getting to know people. However, it's factually and morally wrong. Thank you for the link, but it's a message I already knew and was taught in one form or another from the time I was a little child. For those lessons, I thank in no small part good teachings and example from my parents, and to a lesser extent, others I met along the way.

Anonymous said...


Thanks, but I really don't care how they see it.
I'm too smart to care.

Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

Nah, the real translation is that I lack the bandwidth or the patience to handle the long download time for any video, so I prefer to find text sources of news.