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Re: Re: Sheehan

I’m still getting emails on my open letter to Cindy Sheehan.

One of the most sensible – and moving – came today from a woman who said she had “great sympathy” for Sheehan but thought she was receiving “bad advice. I can not believe her son would back any of what she is doing.”

She added:

We forget so quickly how horrible it was that morning to wake up and see the planes crash into the towers, see people jumping out of the towers, and watching them fall with fire fighters, workers and policemen inside. Yes we let them bomb the trade center before and did nothing, we let blow up a ship and did nothing, we let them blow up embassies and kill American’s in many different ways. We pretty much have been very passive. On 9-11 most of America was behind Pres. Bush when he said he was going after Terrorism, everyone was fired up. Does it have to happen again to pull us all together? God I hope not.

She then went on to tell me about a Sheehan supporter in Columbia, MO who put 1800 crosses on his lawn as a protest against the war. At the very front was a cross with “Pfc. Jesse Givens” on it. “It showed up very good on the front page of the paper,” she said.

It wasn’t easy to get that man to take down that cross down but she and other members of her family did it. They did it because Pfc. Jesse Givens was her son. He died in Iraq on May 1, 2003.

“It is horrible to see your child’s name being used for a cause such as Cindy Sheehan’s,” Connie Givens wrote me. “God bless all of our troops over there still fighting and let’s support them not Cindy.”

Clifford D. MayClifford D. May is an American journalist and editor. He is the president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a conservative policy institute created shortly after the 9/11 attacks, ...

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