The True Cost of War
By Cindy Sheehan
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
immoral invasion and occupation of
The price many of us are paying is so much costlier than the mere monetary expense or loss of reputation. Over 2000 American families have paid the price of our dear loved ones to the insanity. Over 15,000 of our young people are wounded. The Veterans Administration estimates that over 25% of our children will come home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I believe that number is higher, because I know of many cases where the military refuses to allow soldiers to seek treatment for PTSD. Many of them are sent back to battle if they even dare suggest they may be suffering from PTSD. Even if they are not wounded emotionally or physically, or killed, our soldiers will not come home entirely whole.
I was standing in front of the White House the other day when the five-count indictment against Scooter was handed down. I was helping to hold a banner that said: Support Our Troops: Bring Them Home Now.
we received word of the indictment, many of us protestors outside the White
House were cheering with happiness and relief. At last, someone could be held
accountable for the lies that led our country into a disastrous invasion of
Scooter is just a lap dog for Cheney. He and this administration don't do anything unless the dirty deed is analyzed and planned for maximum damage to the offending party and minimum harm to Bush and Co. The criminals in power meant to hurt Joe Wilson and his family because Joe had the temerity and the audacity to call them liars: and to do it with such intelligence and alacrity was too much for the crooks to bear. If this crooked administration let Joe Wilson get away with telling the truth and calling them liars, then who would be next? Colin Powell? Judith Miller? The main stream media? (It could happen).
I cried because there are people in this world who have lied about smaller things and have been punished more harshly. I cried because there was a shill of the right near me holding a sign that read "Put Cindy in Abu Ghraib" when there are war criminals and immoral war profiteers running amok in our country. I cried because George, Dick, Condi, Colin, Alberto, Donald, Scooter, Paul, Karl, Judith, O'Reilly, Hannity, Limbaugh, etc. lied about the reasons for invading Iraq and because of their lies, my son, who rarely told anything but the truth, is dead.
liars and lies that led the
mom whose son committed "accidental" suicide in
The ninth month after Casey was killed was absolutely the most devastating for me. I remembered the first nine months of his existence in my womb, all warm and protected. How his dad and I anticipated his birth with so much joy and expectation. In contrast, the first nine months he was in the cold, cold womb of our mother earth were so joyless, painful, dark and dismal. Having your child murdered for lies, mistakes, and betrayals is so dark and dismal: no one should have to endure what we are enduring.
I was able to reassure the mom in agony somewhat that if she could get through about two more months, she would be able to breathe a little and maybe smile a little and even mean it once in a while.
We who have made the "ultimate sacrifice" know the true cost of war. 92 families found out in October, one of the bloodiest months of this war. Seven of our brave troops were killed today, and their families will soon know how much pain the Bush administration's lies will cause them and how much peace, sleep, and joy these same lies cost. For everyone else, this is the true cost of war:
Moms and Dads having their hearts and souls violently ripped out. Overwhelming guilt is felt in relentless and pounding waves.
Husbands and wives sorrowfully and prematurely burying their life partners. Days and nights ahead filled with loneliness and pain.
Brothers and sisters having integral parts of their history seized so cruelly from them. Holidays, birthdays, and other celebrations that will never be the same.
Sons and daughters unjustly denied the basic human right to grow up with both of their parents.
Other family members and friends mourning and missing someone too young to be killed in an occupation in which the war dead were sold the bill of goods that they would be greeted as liberators with chocolates and flowers from the Iraqi people.
sovereign nation that was no threat to the
When are we going to stand up as a country and yell a collective: "bull-shit?!!" I have been screaming this until my voice is getting hoarse and people are getting sick of hearing it.
How much and how many more are we going to allow the serial liars to rob from us?
I say not one more.