Sunday, August 14, 2005
Further on the post below, Not a Saint, let's take a look at the horse Cindy Sheehan has tied her cart to, the Crawford Peace House [Note: The CPH people have deleted the material mentioned in this post from their page, but I have the original. Here is
the Google cache a screenshot of the page as it was. See the update at the bottom of this post.]. They claim to be a house of peace, and Cindy Sheehan's agenda would seem to be centered on the War in Iraq, but even a cursory look at the CPH's web page shows a clearly different agenda. As I write this, the word "Iraq" appears on CPH's front page a total of ONE time. The number of times a certain eastern Mediterranean country's name appears? Seventeen times. And the single essay on the page is about...Iraq? No. It is about the world's true demon, root of all evil, Israel.
The first photo is one of a Mr. Eugene Bird giving a speech with a Palestinian flag waving next to him. Who is Mr. Bird? According to Honest Reporting, Bird is President of the Paul Findley founded anti-Semitic, anti-Israel Council for the National Interest, a group which seeks "to restore a political environment in America in which voters and their elected officials are free from the undue influence and pressure of a foreign country, namely Israel." He also writes regularly for the Saudi shilling, and need I mention anti-Israel, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs -- where old Arabist diplomats who've gone native go to die.
Bird is known for blaming Israel for the Abu Ghraib abuses:
Do I need to mention that Bird is a big fan of divestment, and uses all sorts of strained narrative reasoning to justify himself? He also thinks what we really need is -- not Syrian, not Saudi -- but an Israel Accountability Act.
By the way, if you want a report on the demonstration these pictures are apparently from, you can get it at this Indymedia site.
The second photo on the CPH site shows a man holding a sign which appears to show the ever shrinking borders of "Palestine." What do you think the protester thinks would be a "just solution" to this shrinkage?
The third and fourth pictures are of protesters carrying the mother of all anti-Israel banners, which also looks like it blames the Jewish State for the region's strife. As an emailer wrote to me, "This is a group that appears to think that it was Israel that started the wars in 1948, 1956, 1967, and 1973. Remember when Polish tanks invaded Germany on Sept 1, 1939? Remember when the United States bombed Pearl Harbor? Cindy Sheehan's friends probably do."
Finally, we have a photo of radical Leftist Professor Robert Jensen, who's list of hits include:
To the president, I can only say: The stilled voices of the millions killed in Southeast Asia, in Central America, in the Middle East as a direct result of U.S. policy are the evidence of our resolve for justice and peace...
On and on in that vein...
Finally, as so often with these things, take a look at the final picture on that Indymedia page. It shows the only American flags (and Israeli for that matter) on display at the demonstration -- put up by the obviously non-plussed regular citizens of Crawford. As is so often the case with these things, the oh-so patriotic protesters wouldn't even think to display them.
Cindy Sheehan's sacrifice is unfathomable, but as an adult, responsible for her own actions, her politics and public statements are open to examination because she has put them out there, and as I said at the beginning, she has tied her cart to a decrepit, decidedly Judenhass horse.
Update: Of course, the Crawford Peace House is only the most recent Judenhass horse Mrs. Sheehan has tied herself to. Here she is lecturing college students along with convicted terror-enabling lawyer Lynne Stewart in a sweatshirt advertising the virulently "anti-Zionist" United for Peace and Justice.
As I said in my first post, the media was never interested before in the real agenda of groups like ANSWER and UFPJ, so don't expect them to show any interest now aside from the dog and pony show gloss on the streets of Crawford. It fits their agenda too neatly for them to ruin it with any real reporting -- far easier just to re-print the live-action press release crafted for the consumption of a lazy press who'll never dig for themselves.
Update: Looks like the Crawford Peace House people have changed their page to expunge the material criticized in this post. Wonder if they check their referrer logs? Anyway, I saved a copy of the page as it was when I wrote the post and will post it if necessary.
In the mean-time, here is the Google cache showing the original. Since the cache has changed, here is a screenshot of the page as it was (assembled from three images for easier scrolling).
If I may, some visitors may also be interested in this recent post on a very loosely related topic -- the destruction of the archaeological record under the Temple Mount. It's an issue that hasn't gotten anywhere near the attention it deserves: Murdering History in the Dark. The post contains a few scans that I'm not aware are available anywhere else on the net at the moment.
A final (I hope) Update: There was another interesting, but probably unrelated, change to the CPH page that readers may find interesting. I have noted it here.
OK, one more Update (8/18/05): A commenter points out that the front page material was moved to one of the inside pages. It is still available here.
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