I’ve heard that Cindy Sheehan’s mother had a stroke, and my condolences go out to her at this time. However, I’m still following a story about an appearance Sheehan made on CNN Monday night, and there has been a new development.
Today, Cindy Sheehan wrote about the CNN / Nightline letter / Israel fiasco that I’ve been following on the Media Blog. Here’s what she had to say on Michael Moore’s Web site:
Another thing is that the Israel thing has not died. I did not say that my son died for Israel. I have never said it, I don’t think it, I don’t believe it. It is just another lie, smear tactic from the right. It needs to die right now. It’s not the truth. I stand by everything that I have said. But I will not stand by things that I haven’t said. I am not anti-Semitic. I am just anti-killing. George Bush is responsible for killing so many people, but nobody scrutinizes anything he says, especially leading up to the war. Since there is nothing to smear me about with the truth, they have to tell lies. A former friend who is anti-Israel and wants to use the spotlight on me to push his anti-Semitism is telling everyone who is listening that I believe that Casey died for Israel and has gone so far as to apparently doctor an email from me. People have to know that he doesn’t speak for me. ABC Nightline can’t confirm his email is real and therefore any reporting on it is irresponsible. That is not my issue. That is not my message and anyone who knows me knows it doesn’t sound like me.This post on Google groups
contains the letter that Cindy Sheehan wrote to ABC’s Nightline. Yesterday, I e-mailed Tony Tersch, the man who posted it to Google groups, and asked him about the letter. Tersch, incidentally, is not
the “former friend” Sheehan accuses of doctoring her letter to Nightline. He’s just a guy who belongs to the Google group in question. Here’s what he wrote back:
I came to know Cindy Sheehan several months ago, and because of my great sympathy for her, and sharing her cause, I sent her stuff about her and her efforts. For that reason I sent out to the Band and the Bull Yard Group what they said about her. Then CINDY SHEEHAN herself sent me a letter SHE had written, — a disclaimer of their portrayal of her and misrepresentation. I certainly did not doctor her letter, nor does she claim I did.
So Cindy Sheehan sent Tersch the version of the letter that appears in the Google group post. That version contains the paragraph:
Am I emotional? Yes, my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid? No, I know full-well that my son, my family, this nation, and this world were betrayed by a George Bush who was influenced by the neo-con PNAC agenda after 9/11. We were told that we were attacked on 9/11 because the terrorists hate our freedoms and democracy…not for the real reason, becuase the Arab-Muslims who attacked us hate our middle-eastern foreign policy. That hasn’t changed since America invaded and occupied Iraq…in fact it has gotten worse.
Last Monday night, Sheehan told CNN’s Anderson Cooper she never said her son died for Israel
. Today, she tells Michael Moore’s readers she never said it. But Tersch — again, not the “former friend” Sheehan accuses of doctoring the letter before sending it to Nightline — says Sheehan herself sent that version of the letter to him.
Given the radical nature of many other statements Sheehan does not deny making, it’s surprising that she continues to deny saying that her son was killed to benefit Israel. But the available evidence indicates that she almost certainly did.