From Clifford May in the Modesto Bee:
Dear Cindy Sheehan:
I know you want to talk to President Bush about the conflict in Iraq, the war in which your son, Specialist Casey Sheehan, was tragically killed. I also know that while the president met with you previously, he is not eager to see you again – not now that you are affiliated with Moveon.org and supported by David Duke and handled by slick public-relations professionals.
So let me suggest an alternative: Come visit with me. Our meeting probably won’t get much publicity, but I can promise you an interesting discussion. I could have some people join us – for example, a few of the many Iraqi freedom fighters with whom I’ve been working for the past several years, many of them women, as well as democracy and human-rights activists from Syria, Iran, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon and other countries.
You say you want to know, “What is the noble cause that my son died for?” They would answer: Your son died fighting a war against an extremist movement intent on destroying free societies and replacing them with racist dictatorships.
The Iraqis will want to tell you what life was like under Saddam Hussein – the mass murders of hundreds of thousands, the women and girls who were gang-raped by Saddam’s cronies, the creative forms of torture that were ignored by the “international community.”
I know several Baghdadi businessmen whom Saddam suspected of disloyalty. He had their right hands amputated. Want to meet them? The doctors who were forced to perform these amputations are worth chatting with as well.
It’s true, as you and others have pointed out, that we did not find Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction. But don’t be misled into believing that Saddam never had any. Indeed, he used chemical weapons against the Kurds, slaughtering thousands in villages like Halabja, where mothers laid down in the streets and embraced their children in their final moments. We can show you pictures. We can introduce you to survivors.
Like you, I wish America’s intelligence agencies had known more than they did about Saddam’s capabilities. But Saddam’s intentions were never in doubt.
Cindy, you’ve been calling for the United States to get out of Iraq at a time when our enemies in that country include the most aggressive and lethal branch of al-Qaida, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Can you not see that if we were to retreat from Iraq now, it would be a historic defeat for the United States?
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The fact is that Cindy Sheehan and her backers do not want to discuss the situation reasonably. They want publicity and they want to create an impression that they represent a majority of Americans, which they most certainly do not.
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