Former mayor, Ed Koch wrote an interesting op-ed piece in the Jewish World Review on Cindy Sheehan and the war in Iraq. While I don’t agree with everything he says, I do find some of his comments enlightening.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in action in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has become the face of the anti-war movement in the United States. While her grief is understandable, her rhetoric is outrageous. As the mother of a son killed in battle in Iraq, she originally struck a sympathetic chord, whether you supported the war in Iraq or opposed it. One cannot help but empathize with the agony of a bereaved mother. But that has changed over the months, and I believe that many Americans who viewed her with sympathy no longer do so.
Many Americans, myself included, now see her as a person who has come to enjoy the celebratory status accorded to her by the radicals on the extreme left who see America as the outlaw of the world. These radicals are not content to be constructive critics. They are bent on destroying this country.
Sheehan has joined those who rail against Israel, labeling Israel as the culprit with her comment, “You get America out of Iraq, you get Israel out of Palestine and the terrorism will stop.” Is that why Sunni and other terrorists have intentionally killed thousands of Shia civilians, labeling them, according to al-Zarkawi, infidels? Is that why Arab fundamentalists have declared war against all Christians and Jews?
While Mayor Koch does believe in the war in Iraq, he feels that we have done our job and now it is time to leave even if it means leaving the country on the brink of a civil war. He considers that clean up of Iraq is best left to the United Nations or other nations such as France or Germany. For better or worse, I believe our nation has a responsibility to make sure Iraq has the means to defend itself against the influx of foreign insurgents. Only when the Iraqi army can stand on its own can we then state the job is done and pull our troops out. It may be unpopular, but it is the right thing to do.
As for Cindy Sheehan, Stephen King has a phrase that fits this situation very well. I have come to the conclusion that she has forgotten the face of her son. She has forgotten how she raised a boy into a man who loved his country enough to make the ultimate sacrifice. Maybe once the press has grown tired of her and the radicals have stopped whispering in her ears, she can reflect on her life with her son and make peace with his memory.
Thanks to the Drudge Report for pointing out the article.