August 9, 2005
Cindy Sheehan Gives BuzzFlash the Latest from Crawford
Direct from the drainage ditch, the intrepid protester says "Our spirits are great," but Bush "doesn't have enough courage to face someone who actually disagrees with him ..."
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW
Cindy Sheehan and others are at Bush's Crawford, Texas, vacation location, bringing a message to Bush that it's time to bring the troops home. She is a cofounder of Gold Star Families for Peace and the mother of Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, killed in Baghdad April 4, 2004.
Intrepid, courageous, and effective. Cindy Sheehan has brought the war against war to George Bush during his frustratingly insensitive 5-week-long vacation in Crawford, Texas. BuzzFlash emailed her today, and is happy to share her responses with our readers and the world.
BuzzFlash: Is it true as reported on Daily Kos that you have been warned you will be arrested on Thursday? How do you feel about going to jail? Would it be a first?
Cindy Sheehan: Yes. It would be the first time, and I am ready to go. The only way they will get me out of there is if he meets with me, [or] the end of August, or when I am arrested."
BuzzFlash: How do you see this protest ending?
Cindy Sheehan: With either our arrests, or the end of August. But if I get arrested and I am let out before the end of August, I will go back.
BuzzFlash: How many peace activists are participating with you there in the Crawford peace protest?
Cindy Sheehan: Right now, about three dozen. More are coming from all over the country.
BuzzFlash: Did Bush's spokespersons, who came out to talk to you, address your key questions: What is our "noble cause"? And how do we "complete the mission"?
Cindy Sheehan: Yes, but they gave the standard baloney line.
BuzzFlash: Why do you think Bush isn't meeting with you now, when he did in June, 2004?
Cindy Sheehan: In June my entire family was invited, along with 15 other families. I believe that back in June we were used as political tools. I believe he's not meeting with me now because he doesn't have enough courage to face someone who actually disagrees with him and would dare to call him on his lies.
BuzzFlash: How do you see the fighting ending?
Cindy Sheehan: I don't know, I just hope it is sooner than later.
BuzzFlash: How is the administration now treating you?
Cindy Sheehan: Ignoring me since Saturday.
BuzzFlash: How are you holding up? What are the conditions there (physical, emotional)?
Cindy Sheehan: I am tired and my throat hurts from talking so much. We are confined to camping in a drainage ditch, we are using the bathroom in a camping potty, it is oppressively hot or pours down rain. But our spirits are great. And we know that no matter how hard we have it, the troops in Iraq and the Iraqi people have it even harder.
BuzzFlash: Are you encouraged by this week's events? What can your supporters (around the nation, world) do to help?
Cindy Sheehan: I am so encouraged!!! It has been overwhelming and amazing, but not surprising. Our new website is www.meetwithcindy.org.
Money can be donated to help support Gold Star Families for Peace or the Crawford Peace House.
A BUZZFLASH INTERVIEW