The True Cost of War
By Cindy Sheehan
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
immoral invasion and occupation of
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
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
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).
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,
liars and lies that led the
mom whose son committed "accidental" suicide in
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.
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.
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:
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.
and daughters unjustly denied the basic human right to grow up with both of
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
sovereign nation that was no threat to the
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.
much and how many more are we going to allow the serial liars to rob from us?
say not one more.