Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Cindy Sheehan gives up

Oh, this is so sad. Take a look at the CNN article entitled "Anti-war mom Cindy Sheehan gives up her protest":

(CNN) -- Cindy Sheehan, the California mother who became an anti-war leader after her son was killed in Iraq, declared Monday she was walking away from the peace movement.

She said her son died "for nothing."

Sheehan achieved national attention when she camped outside President Bush's home in Crawford, Texas, throughout August 2005 to demand a meeting with the president over her son's death.

While Bush ignored her, the vigil made her one of the most prominent figures among opponents of the war.

But in a Web diary posted to the liberal online community Daily Kos on Monday, Sheehan said she was exhausted by the personal, financial and emotional toll of the past two years.

She wrote that she is disillusioned by the failure of Democratic politicians to bring the unpopular war to an end and tired of a peace movement she said "often puts personal egos above peace and human life."

This is pure burn-out. I do wish she had had a meditative practice that would have supported and refreshed her in her peace witness.

She will be greatly missed.

UPDATE: I thought it would be good to give you a link to Cindy Sheehan's statement about her decision. How I wish she had received more support and also taken better care of herself.


  1. Anonymous10:56 AM

    And now there are none.

  2. This has made me so sad today.

    Tammy Lynn Michaels over at hollywoodfarmgirl suggests a postcard campaign to Speaker Pelosi. I'm unfortunately so dissillusioned at this point that I know it won't change anything, but perhaps it will get someone's attention?

    (BTW, your blog helped inspire my partner and I to start recycling! No curbside where I live, so we had to look up the local facility where we can bring our plastic, aluminum, etc. I didn't even know we could recycle here! We can, but we just have to bring it ourselves. We brought our first load on Saturday. Thanks for the inspiration!)


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