Friday, November 25, 2005

Cindy Sheehan at UC Davis

Sheehan began her talk by discussing how the holiday season will be a sad time for many families in the United States and Iraq due to the loss of loved ones in the war.

She went on to share her opinion of the war in Iraq, saying the Bush administration has done a careless job of directing the military, using unethical approaches throughout the war.

The Bush administration, in Sheehan’s opinion, has lied to Americans about the war. The administration has committed war crimes against the Iraqi people and hidden the number of dead soldiers and civilians, she said. She called Bush a terrorist for his actions against Iraq.

“Peace is a strength that we need to use,” she said. “I’m not saying these problems are easy, but they won’t be solved with our military presence.”

Discussing her opposition to the military presence in Iraq, Sheehan said she does not support any American enlisting in the army under the current conditions. The military is “holding our kids hostage” by making it difficult for soldiers to come back home once they have enlisted, she said.

“I love my country,” she said. “I want my country to lead the [world] peacefully. I don’t want other countries to be afraid of us, and I know we have the capability of doing this without violence.”

Sheehan closed her speech by saying every person whom the U.S. military kills only leads to the spawning of new enemies for America’s children and grandchildren. She said she hopes Bush will recognize this and pull the military troops out of a war that is a “mistake.”

Her speech was met with continuous applause and several standing ovations.

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