The Guardian 10 August, 2005

Soldiers' families protest

Cindy Sheehan

George Bush said speaking about the dreadful loss of life in Iraq in August: (3/8/05): "We have to honour the sacrifices of the fallen by completing the mission. The families of the fallen can be assured that they died for a noble cause."

In reaction to these two asinine and hurtful statements, members of Gold Star Families for Peace (GSFP) went to George's vacation home in Crawford, Texas on August 6 at to confront him on these two statements.

1) We want our loved ones' sacrifices to be honoured by bringing our nation's sons and daughters home from the travesty that is Iraq IMMEDIATELY, since this war is based on horrendous lies and deceptions. Just because our children are dead, why would we want any more families to suffer the same pain and devastation that we are.

2) We would like for him to explain this "noble cause" to us and ask him why Jenna and Barbara [Bush's daughters] are not in harm's way, if the cause is so noble.

3) If George is not ready to send the twins, then he should bring our troops home immediately. We will demand a speedy withdrawal.

GSFP were joined by members of Veteran's for Peace (VFP), Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), Code Pink, and Crawford Peace House.

We GSFP members will not leave until we get answers from George Bush. We deserve and expect him to welcome us with answers as to why our loved ones are dead.


Cindy Sheehan, is a founding member of Gold Star Families For Peace

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