|April 11, 2006|
A Markerless Grave in Vacaville
The Bush regime is good for business, all right, especially the funeral business.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
I am so tired of the Rovian, heartless, and ignorant smear machine
attacking me and my family at every turn of my back.
I am being smeared because I have a new car and I have "blown" through "$250,000.00" dollars of Casey's insurance money. I am sure that they have ready access to my bank accounts, too. I know I am writing this to compassionate people who would rather focus on an administration who lies, tortures, kills innocent people using conventional and chemical weapons, spies on its citizens without due process, and is treacherous in outing a CIA operative for petty-high school like revenge thereby endangering her, her family, and her fellow CIA agents. If it wasn't for these criminals my son wouldn't need a tombstone.
I will tell the world why Casey has no marker yet. In the first place, does anyone who is attacking me know how Casey was brought home from Iraq? We picked him up in the United loading dock in a cardboard box and he was off-loaded into a hearse without one honor guard. We had to wait for about a half hour on a curb near the United freight area while we waited for his one escort that rode from Dover Air Force Base in a seat, while Casey was treated as an over-sized piece of luggage. Has anybody held their other sobbing children while sitting on a curb in San Francisco waiting for the remains of their big brother to be carried over to the dock by a forklift?
Our so-called, illegitimate president has never attended a funeral nor can families see the pictures of their loved ones as they are hauled like freight with flags on them from an immoral war zone. WE don't see them because Mama Bush doesn't want to "bother her pretty mind" with the images. America doesn't want to be bothered, either. We had a Casualty Officer who abandoned us when our mortuary refused to pay the cemetery and told us that the "government sent the money to the mortuary, so now it is your problem. You may have to sue the mortuary." Our government discards and dishonors its own.
My Casey wasn't always a soldier. He was a son and brother whose murder has left an aching hole in our lives worse than an amputation. Sooner, or later, amputations heal and quit throbbing, this hole never will, or can, heal.
For the first year after Casey was killed, I didn't want to believe it. I didn't want to place a TOMBstone on my son's grave. I didn't want one more marble proof that my son was dead. I couldn't even call where he was buried a "cemetery," I had to call it "Casey's Park." I placed fresh flowers in the cup every week and journaled there almost on a daily basis, and often laid on it and fell asleep and dreamed of my needlessly killed son. Have any of these people who claim that I am pissing on my son's grave even visited him? Have they visited the grave of any soldier needlessly or senselessly killed in George's war of choice for oil and profit? Have they sobbed uncontrollably for my first born who shouldn't even need a gravestone? No, all they want to do is attack a mother who wants to prevent other people from having to bury their own child. They want to perpetuate a war that has already killed many thousands of our fellow human beings for absolutely nothing.
Casey's shell is buried in Vacaville, California, not his spirit. He lives with me and he is constantly with me as I travel the world so other families, Iraqi or American do not have to bury their children. Casey lives in the hearts of everyone who wants peace and works for peace. He will never truly die.
There are many people who the Bush regime have killed either directly, or indirectly, by their murderous policies: there are people buried under rubble of Iraq and were buried under the rubble of the World Trade Towers and if their families were lucky could find small parts to bury, before their remains were carted away in the enormous trucks and barges; there are people still unaccounted for in the swamps of New Orleans and in refrigerated trucks in Mississippi that will never even have graves, let alone gravestones. The Bush regime is good for business, all right, especially the funeral business.
I know these people
are searching for proof that I am a horrible person and it must be
evidence that I didn't love Casey if he doesn't have
a marker. I know
that they can't support a criminal regime that is slipping into fascism,
so they have to attack a mom for the "crime" of being broken
hearted and trying to save lives.
It is too important. No more needless gravestones. No more wasted lives.
A BUZZFLASH GUEST CONTRIBUTION
Cindy Sheehan is the proud mother of Specialist Casey Austin Sheehan, who was KIA in Iraq on 04/04/04, and Carly, Andy, and Janey who hold down the fort; Founder and President of Gold Star Families for Peace and author of Not One More Mother's Child.
Interested in contributing an article to BuzzFlash? Click here for more info.
Articles in the BuzzFlash Contributor section are posted as-is. Given the timeliness of some Contributor articles, BuzzFlash cannot verify or guarantee the accuracy of every word. We strive to correct inaccuracies when they are brought to our attention.