Thursday, August 11, 2005
Unsurprising: Thursday's New York Times included five letters in response to Maureen Dowd's column (which I ripped into yesterday). Of the five letters related to Cindy Sheehan and her complete mental collapse, not a one of them was critical of either Dowd's sainting of Sheehan or Sheehan's trashing of her son and his sacrifice.
However, one letter was critical of Sheehan, but not for what most sane people would expect, courtesy of Joan Lesko Giardina of New York:
Maureen Dowd writes, "The moral authority of parents who bury children killed in Iraq is absolute."
While I share Ms. Dowd's opposition to our engagement in Iraq and her agony over the human toll, I am confused by the logical conclusions of her statement.
Every war involves the loss of life and grieved parents, on every side. Can or should our response to any individual suffering inform public policy or our views on war?
I wonder: When Cindy Sheehan's son enlisted and she envisioned him doing a soldier's duty - killing Iraqi boys and coming home safely - what was her moral stance then?
Ah, yes. American troops are just out there killing Iraqi boys (and girls!) for the fun of it. Yep, those soldiers and Marines just like to kill people for the fun of it!
The America-hating left is at it again.