Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Cindy Sheehan Pegged

I have resisted writing this because this woman really deserves no attention (her son bravely gave his life for a country and a cause he seemingly loved, but his mother is smearing his memory by suggesting he was either ignorant or part of a Zionist conspiracy "Yes, he was killed for lies and for a PNAC Neo-Con agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel.") but Christopher Hitchens really nails how I feel about the situation.

I think one must deny to anyone the right to ventriloquize the dead. Casey Sheehan joined up as a responsible adult volunteer. Are we so sure that he would have wanted to see his mother acquiring "a knack for P.R." and announcing that he was killed in a war for a Jewish cabal? This is just as objectionable, on logical as well as moral grounds, as the old pro-war argument that the dead "must not have died in vain." I distrust anyone who claims to speak for the fallen, and I distrust even more the hysterical noncombatants who exploit the grief of those who have to bury them.

As for the recent revelations that her husband is divorcing her, well, I guess that's the way public life works these days. She thrust herself into the public eye, and as the left has shown as recently as two weeks ago, nothing is sacred. How are adoption records any less personal and private than divorce records?