Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Dulce et Decorum Est, Pro Imperia Mori

As I write this, I suppose Cindy Sheehan is still camped out at the Dear Leader's front gate. Cindy Sheehan, in case you didn't know, had a son killed in Iraq during the current Global Struggle Against Israel's Enemies. From the CNN news story:

The president -- who is spending a nearly five-week-long working vacation at his Texas ranch -- said in a speech Wednesday that the sacrifices of U.S. troops were "made in a noble cause."

Sheehan said she found little comfort in his comments.

"I want to ask the president, why did he kill my son?" Sheehan told reporters. "He said my son died in a noble cause, and I want to ask him what that noble cause is."

Sheehan said hers was one of a group of about 15 families who each met separately with the president one day last June.

"He wouldn't look at the pictures of Casey. He didn't even know Casey's name," she told CNN Sunday. "Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject."

Sheehan said she was so distraught at the time that she failed to ask the questions she now wants answered.

Not to worry about il Duce: his fully-robotic defenders are swinging into furious keyboard action, as can be seen from the output of some of the deepthinkers at the Freep cesspool. And, of course, by the time you're reading this, perhaps she'll have been hauled off to the hoosegow. After all, where she's sitting may not be a designated Free Speech Zone. And there's very little that's any worse than free speech, straying outside the Zone.

Yes, the Dear Leader certainly makes it sound noble and desirable -- making the ultimate sacrifice for the Empire. I still wonder, though: when do Jenna and Barbara report for basic training?


Grace said...

It's not just Free Republic, pretty much all of the rightwing outlets are cranked up. Some of the comments are simply distasteful, others are outright frightening. And I hate to resort to psychoanalyzing free-wheeling posts on huge message boards, but I sense some overcompensating going on. Some misdirected anger.

Anonymous said...

Great post, you really have a knack for writing. Please keep up the good work. Believe it or not, people like me DO read these things!
Sam Freedom the coolest guy on the planet

Bartleby said...

Thanks for the kind words, Mr. Freedom.

Grace, a week later, I can see that you are so, so right. It seems that no one is either too big or too small to have their little slap at Ms. Sheehan. Obviously, I don't know her, and I dare say I probably disagree with her about this and that. But she certainly presents a sharp and troublesome contrast to the stalwarts of the Chickenhawk Party, doesn't she?