I find myself moved by Cindy Sheehan‘s gutsy, in-your-face standoff with George Bush at the Crawford Ranch. I’ve already written here about Sue Neiderer, another mother who lost a son in Iraq in The Iraq Dead: A Mother Left Behind. These moms are something else. To experience such unbelievable grief and be able to transmute it into something meaningful for you that will also alleviate the suffering of other mom’s who may lose their children down the line–it’s remarkable.
Maureen Dowd (welcome back from vacation, Maureen, we’ve missed you though we sure enjoyed Sarah Vowell’s great stuff too) published a typically pitch perfect story about Sheehan: Why No Tea and Sympathy. In it, she decries George Bush’s obtuse non-response to Sheehan’s challenge asking why it would be too much to expect the president of the United States to invite a poor sweaty Mom melting in the Texas summer heat in to his ranch for a little tea and conversation.
Dowd has had her share of memorable phrases in her columns and she does not disappoint in this one either as she decries Bush’s failure “to understand that the moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute.”
Amen to that. You can send a note to Cindy at her website: Meetwithcindy.org.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.