Buying the Administration's Bill of Goods Whole; Why Doesn't Sheehan Do Same?

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 29, 2005

Dear Editor,
    My first reaction to Cindy Sheehan was empathy [“Sheehan's Field of Dreams,” News, Aug. 19]. Who in their right mind can deny that this woman, as any sane person would be, is in pain? It is written all over her face and you can certainly hear it in her voice. Cindy Sheehan hurts greatly and her heart is broken. She has given the second highest sacrifice that could possibly be given. She has given her son, who by all accounts was the epitome of what makes this the greatest country on earth. Casey Sheehan was a healthy, loving, smiling, gracious young man that most of us would have been proud to know. He knew without question there was a possibly that he could give the ultimate sacrifice, his life, when he joined the military.
    Cindy Sheehan may have given more than anyone in a sane world should ever give. Unfortunately through her pain she is unable to see we do not live in a utopian world. Through this blinding pain of which she endures, she is now knowingly being played as a puppet by the marionettes of the left that desire this country move further from the goal of a shining city on the hill to a fractioned shell of a country in the ash heap of history. Cindy has allowed those who yearn the demise of this country to play her like a pied piper's flute.
    The irony of what Mrs. Sheehan is doing is what confuses me the most. She is protesting her son's gift to the world, a gift that will eventually allow more free people and especially more mothers to voice their concerns about their countries. If this great country didn't have the brave men and women like Casey Sheehan who are willing to fight for the unalienable rights of others this world would be far worse off. Casey Sheehan was not dragged kicking and screaming to Iraq like many of the Iraqis have been over the last 20-plus years. He volunteered not once but twice in order for those less fortunate than he could experience the freedoms we all have in our country. He did not blindly go into war misled and misinformed, he proudly took up arms to protect and serve this great nation and those who were oppressed in lesser nations.
    Casey Sheehan unquestionably loved his mother but above all he obviously loved the right for all people in this world to be free. It is Casey's sacrifice and love for freedom for all people that should rightfully garner the attention of the media and the opposing sides in the debate, not Cindy Sheehan's grief.
    There is no question in my mind that there is a concerted effort in this world that wakes every day, eats every meal, and takes every breath in prayer to God for our demise. We can give them names as evil as we can manufacture but we must not fool ourselves that they have moved on, or weakened in their desire. We cannot let the apathy of many or the built-up scar tissue of 9/11 move our eyes off the Islamic terrorists of the Middle East and their supporters. We cannot allow hyperbole and deception by those who offer up Cindy Sheehan's dignity to weaken our resolve.
Frank B. Wheeler
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