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Sheehan Calls Questioners “Warmongers”

From Purdue University’s Boiler Station:

Cindy Sheehan hawks her books during her paid appearance.

Sheehan an inspiration and irritation

By BRIAN WALLHEIMER

Peace activist Cindy Sheehan got loud responses from her audience at Purdue University Thursday night, creating somewhat of a debate amongst the crowd.

Sheehan talked for about 45 minutes Thursday about impeaching President George W. Bush, imprisoning him and fighting against the war in Iraq. About 360 people attended the talk at Purdue’s Fowler Hall. Sheehan said she has always been against the war in Iraq and advocates bringing troops home now.

“Maybe they should be put in Guantanamo or Abu Ghraib. That would be more justice,” Sheehan said of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. “We need to give Iraq as much help as they need financially, diplomatically and politically without the coalition troops.”

Sheehan was made famous when she protested outside Bush’s Texas ranch and demanded a meeting with him after her son, Army Spec. Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq. Since then she has been a leading face of the peace movement, though her remarks are sometimes labeled as extreme.

Sheehan was met by much applause and more than a few boos and heckles during her talk at Purdue. At times she took them in stride, making jokes and arguing her point with one person who questioned her estimate of Iraqi civilians killed.

“Whether it’s 70,000 or 650,000, killing innocent people is wrong,” Sheehan said.

But other times she got confrontational, calling some of the attendees “warmongers.”

“I’m surprised you so-called patriots aren’t incensed that George Bush is trampling on American values,” Sheehan said. “You don’t know Casey. Don’t call him a warmonger like you are.”

In the beginning of her speech, Sheehan talked about the importance of free speech and exchange of opinions, but spent at least 10 minutes railing against the media and a letter to the editor she said was factually incorrect in a newspaper.

“It would just be nice if they could just get their facts straight before they get published in a major newspaper,” Sheehan said.

The major complaint Sheehan detractors attending had was about things she claimed were factually true about the war and the president.

“She’s saying there are no bad nations. There are plenty of bad nations,” Purdue freshman Nathan Welch said. “What she was saying was offensive. My blood was boiling.”

But those who support Sheehan said her message was inspiring.

“She conveyed a genuine care of people all around the world,” said Shirley Bosler of West Lafayette. “She left the audience in a peaceful state of mind.”

Becky Dunker of Battle Ground said she was sorry people yelled over Sheehan’s speech at times.

“It was out of order and rude,” Dunker said. “They should have given her the respect of listening to her.”

Despite the occasional yelling, police said no one was ejected from the crowd.

It sounds like someone in the audience must have been reading here at WS&L:

At times she took them in stride, making jokes and arguing her point with one person who questioned her estimate of Iraqi civilians killed. “Whether it’s 70,000 or 650,000, killing innocent people is wrong,” Sheehan said.

My favorite line though was:

“She conveyed a genuine care of people all around the world,” said Shirley Bosler of West Lafayette. “She left the audience in a peaceful state of mind.”

Yes, except for those "warmongers," which is anyone who dares to disagree with her — and speak truth to propaganda — even other Gold Star members.

There is a video of the protest courtesy of the LaFayette (Indiana) Journal & Courier. Apparently 75 or so patriots protested Ms. Sheehan’s propaganda outside the hall.

(Thanks to She_Angst for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, April 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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