My personal musings about anything that gets on my radar screen--heavily dominated by politics.


RE: Cindy Sheehan

I have deliberately refrained from commenting on the spectacle of Ms. Sheehan in Crawford. Partly out of respect for her son's service, partly out of sympathy for her grief, and partly just because she seemed such a sad, rather pitiable figure.

But the longer this goes on, the more it seems clear to me that she has made herself a willing tool of both a very adroit PR campaign and a very complicit media. So I will, by way of commentary, simply remind Ms. Sheehan of the wisdom of William Shakespeare.

From Henry V, Act IV, scene 1

So, if a son that is by his father sent about merchandise do sinfully miscarry upon the sea, the imputation of his wickedness, by your rule, should be imposed upon his father that sent him: or if a servant, under his master's command transporting a sum of money, be assailed by robbers and die in many irreconciled iniquities, you may call the business of the master the author of the servant's damnation: but this is not so: the king is not bound to answer the particular endings of his soldiers, the father of his son, nor the master of his servant; for they purpose not their death, when they purpose their services. . . Every subject's duty is the king's; but every subject's soul is his own.

Ms. Sheehan, your son CHOSE to go to Iraq--twice--to fight for a cause he believed in. Your grief at his untimely death gives you some standing to speak out, but please serve your grief with the same honor with which your son served his country.

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