Thursday, August 18, 2005
IMAGE OF THE IRAQ WAR PROTEST. Finally, an image has resonated with many Americans who have all sorts of misgivings about the U.S. Goverment's war against Iraq but nothing by which to focus their angst. But the image of a mother whose son was killed in Iraq camping out beside the road that leads to President Bush's ranch (where he is vacationing for the month) and asking for the President to talk to her (while he continues to resist doing so)--this resonates with many. Cindy Sheehan's persistent and intentionally visible protest is a catalyst. It has encouraged many to begin to lend their voices to hers in a plea for an end to America's costly military occupation of Iraq. Vigils have been spawned across the nation.