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Sheehan Wants US Surrender, Reparations

From Mother Sheehan's loyal fans at the DNC's Associated Press:

File photo. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, center, blows a kiss as she is surrounded by supporters and her private security detail during an anti-war protest march, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005, in Washington.

US Activists, Iraqi Lawmakers Demand US Troop Withdrawal

Saturday August 5th, 2006

AMMAN (AP)–"Peace mom" Cindy Sheehan, Tom Hayden and 13 other U.S. activists on Saturday joined Iraqi lawmakers in demanding a timetable be fixed for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq.

"I'm optimistic that the majority of the American people want a withdrawal sooner, rather than later," Hayden, a former California state senator told reporters in the Jordanian capital after talks with seven Iraqi Shiite and Sunni lawmakers.

"It's going to be an important issue in the Congressional elections and the (2008) presidential campaign has already begun," he said.

About half of the activists will head to Syria on Sunday and Lebanon on Monday to "assess the humanitarian crisis" caused by the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah over the past 25 days, killing hundreds and displacing hundreds of thousands. Neither Sheehan, who returned earlier Saturday to the U.S., nor Hayden would be part of the team.

Hayden wondered whether the Lebanon conflict was "a desperate effort by the Israeli and U.S. neoconservatives to escalate their way out of defeat in Iraq before the November elections."

"Are they trying to scramble and subdivide the whole Middle East? Do they hope this escalates into a conflict with Syria and Iran which some of them want," he said.

The activists, representing the largest U.S. anti-war coalition, United for Peace and Justice; the national woman's peace group, CODEPINK; and Global Exchange, arrived in Jordan Thursday for two days of talks with the Iraqi members of parliament.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki refused to meet the activists during last month's talks with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington in which he asked for more U.S. troops and finance for his beleaguered government.

Salman al-Jumaili who is the speaker of the largest Sunni coalition in the Iraqi parliament and his Shiite counterpart, Jabar Habib Jabar, joined the activists in issuing three demands: a fixed timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops; a commitment not to have permanent U.S. bases in Iraq; and a commitment by the U.S. government to "pay for rebuilding Iraq."

"We have found a voice inside the U.S. that backs us. We told them that we in Iraq want to see the light at the end of the tunnel," al-Jumaili told reporters.

On Thursday, two of the Pentagon's most senior generals, Gen. John Abizaid, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned Congress that Iraq could move toward civil war if the violence raging in Baghdad between Sunni and Shiite Muslims continued.

U.S. officials have been pressing Prime Minister al-Maliki, a Shiite, to disband the Shiite militias and make overtures to Sunni insurgent groups saying restoring security in Baghdad is essential if the government is to survive.

Hayden called Iraq "a gradual shrinking space for the Bush administration."

This sure is news. America-haters demanding we surrender to our enemies.

No word about Cindy's (already broken) fast. Alas.

Note this from the Sunni (terrorist) al-Jumaili:

"We have found a voice inside the U.S. that backs us."

Yes, they sure have. And terrorists everywhere.

As we've noted several times, what Mother Sheehan et al are doing here is against the the law:

TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 45 > Sec. 953.

Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

But as we all know, if you hate America enough you never have to worry about its petty laws.

Tom Hayden (and John Kerry) proved that years ago.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, August 5th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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