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Sheehan Blames Maliki For Breaking Fast

Cindy Sheehan claims in an interview with Randi Rhodes on Air America that Iraq’s ambassador to the United State tricked her into breaking her fast:

Cindy Sheehan’s trip to Jordan

Cindy Sheehan: …The ambassador from Iraq to America told us that if we would break our fast he would get us a meeting with Al Maliki. And we were there all day waiting. And, er, they had a reception there.  And the Ambassador said that he would get a meeting with us if we would come in and we would break our fast with him. And so we agreed to it. And pretty soon they all left without meeting with us…

Never mind that Sheehan’s claim contradicts Code Pink’s own press release:

Leading Members of Iraqi Parliament Call for Meeting with Anti-War Hunger Strikers

US Fasters on 30th Day of Hunger Strike travel to Jordan on Wednesday to meet with MPs about Peace Plan and Break Fast, then on to Lebanon

Delegation leaving August 2, Available for Interviews in DC, NY, LA and San Francisco

WASHINGTON – August 1 – After 28 days of fasting, anti-war hunger strikers received a breakthrough victory for their sacrifice: Leading members of the Iraqi Parliament invited fasters to join them to discuss their plans for peace in Iraq. On Wednesday, August 2, hunger strikers will travel to Amman, Jordan to meet with these Iraqi MPs and break their fast. The group includes:

— Peace mom Cindy Sheehan,
— Retired Colonel Ann Wright,
Iraq war veteran Geoffrey Millard,
— Politician/Writer Tom Hayden,
CODEPINK co-founders Medea Benjamin, Jodie Evans, Gael Murphy and Diane Wilson.

This invitation comes after fasters were rebuffed in numerous attempts to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during his visit to Washington last week, including setting up "Camp Al-Maliki" across from the Iraqi Embassy and publishing an open letter to him in one of the largest Iraqi newspapers. Faster and CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin was arrested for disrupting al-Maliki’s address to Congress last Wednesday, saying loudly and repeatedly, "Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now!"

The parliamentarians, who expressed concern for fasters’ health and dismay at the Prime Minister’s dismissal of their repeated requests for a meeting, will travel to meet with the US delegation in Jordan on August 3.

The Iraqi elected officials will brief the Americans on the Reconciliation Plan they have been working on at the Reconciliation Conference held in Cairo last week. CODEPINK cofounder Medea Benjamin said, "It is a breakthrough for the US peace movement to meet directly with Iraqi parliamentarians working on a peace plan. We hope to return to the US to build support for their plan."

With the increased violence between Israel and Lebanon, a part of the U.S. delegation will go on to Syria and Lebanon to bear witness to the suffering of innocent victims of war in the region.

But I guess Mother Sheehan has decided it is better propaganda to blame breaking her fast on Prime Minister Al-Maliki — or rather, "Al-Boot-liki" as Cindy so cleverly calls the Iraqi elected head of state.

As the Code Pink press release notes, the long time America-hater (and now admitted anti-Semite ) and notorious traitor Tom Hayden will be part of Cindy Sheehan’s extensive entourage.

As will Geoffrey Millard, whose military bio has been conspicuously removed from the a Veterans For Peace website after some here began to question his remarkable service claims.

(Thanks to JDaves for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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