Sheehan Calls It Quits
I feel bad for Cindy Sheehan. She has been through so much, suffered such an unimaginable loss. Yet she tried to channel her pain into something positive, but unfortunately, that has not turned out well either.
Her farewell letter on-line is tragic. It's sad because you can feel the anger and passion that made her a force in the peace movement, but it's also sad because you can see the impolitic that made her an easy target for her critics to lampoon (saying that America is on its way to being a "fascist corporate state" is somewhat beyond the Kucinich fringe). But the tragedy is the last few paragraphs, which reek of frustration and sadness tinged with an indulgence of self-importance. It's really an uncomfortable end, as you can read.
This is my resignation letter as the “face” of the American anti-war movement. This is not my “Checkers” moment, because I will never give up trying to help people in the world who are harmed by the empire of the good old US of A, but I am finished working in, or outside of this system. This system forcefully resists being helped and eats up the people who try to help it. I am getting out before it totally consumes me or anymore people that I love and the rest of my resources.
Good-bye America…you are not the country that I love and I finally realized no matter how much I sacrifice, I can’t make you be that country unless you want it.
It’s up to you now.