Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Crawford Crosses

The Cindy Sheehan story continues to unfold with amazing gravity. Late last night some local redneck decided to run over the crosses set up as a memorial to the fallen soldiers in Iraq with his pickup. This act of violent stupidity led to his arrest and also added even more international attention and focus on this amazing vigil. This is how the "supporters" of this war show respect for those who perished in this conflict? With "support" like this who need dissenters?

No one was hurt in this incident so it's easy to see the positives. Violence is the resort of fools and it only sharpens the contrast between the substance of Sheehan's question about the "noble cause" versus the empty rhetoric of "staying the course." This yahoo with the truck pretty well reinforced every Lone Star stereotype held by the blue states. And unwittingly played right into the message of this protest.

This scene in Crawford is full of stark contrast. The feeble counter-demonstration a few days ago was short and populated by people who have no personal stake in this war. Even their chant: "We Don't Care" pretty well summed up the gaping hole in this entire conflict. The people who shout their "support" the loudest can barely muster more than a magnetic yellow ribbon on the back of their cars. The so-called sympathy expressed by the commander and chief is cheap. Which is more than I can say for a gallon of gasoline.

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