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July/August 2005 • Vol 5, No. 6 •

‘I’ll Tell You What’s Hard’

By Bonnie Weinstein

Cindy Sheehan, President of Gold Star Families for Peace was recently introduced to antiwar protesters in San Francisco as a mother who lost her son in Iraq. In response to that introduction she said, “I only wish I had lost my son in Iraq. Then I would not stop looking for him until I found him. But he wasn’t ‘lost,’ he was murdered by this unlawful and immoral war!”

At an interfaith rally for peace in Lexington, Kentucky Sheehan lambasted Bush for saying that it’s “hard work” comforting the widow of a soldier who’s been killed in Iraq. “Hard work is seeing your son’s murder on CNN one Sunday evening while you’re enjoying the last supper you’ll ever truly enjoy again. Hard work is having three military officers come to your house a few hours later to confirm the aforementioned murder of your son, your first-born, your kind and gentle sweet baby. Hard work is burying your child 46 days before his 25th birthday. Hard work is holding your other three children as they lower the body of their big (brother) into the ground. Hard work is not jumping in the grave with him and having the earth cover you both,” she said.

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