The celebrity blog, Huffington Post has been abuzz with the story of Cindy Sheehan, a grieving mother camping outside Bush’s Crawford Ranch. She lost her son in Iraq and is demanding to meet Bush and ask him what the sacrifice that she and her family have made is all about. I am not sure of the political support behind her move, if there is any but all I see is a mother in pain upon the loss of her son in a war that she doesn’t consider just.
Almost 62% of American currently do not support the Iraq war and would rather have the troops home but the obstinacy of a man obsessed with ‘spread of freedom and democracy’ even when it isn’t working chooses to look the other way. There might be other logistical and far-reaching implications that we do not know about that prevents Bush from withdrawing his troops but he sure can end a solitary woman’s protest by walking down his driveway and meeting with her. After all, she is a part of his so-called loyal constituents — the military. It almost seems like a Bollywood script riding high on melodrama headed toward applause and tears when the woman finally gets her simple wish fulfilled. But this is a part of harsh reality where the poor woman is even considered a national security risk and threat to the president’s life. Come on, she is a frail old woman with a picket sign; what harm can she do? She have even guest-posted on Huffington’s blog making her noble intentions clear:
"This is George Bush’s accountability moment. That’s why I’m here. The mainstream media aren’t holding him accountable. Neither is Congress. So I’m not leaving Crawford until he’s held accountable. It’s ironic, given the attacks leveled at me recently, how some in the media are so quick to scrutinize — and distort — the words and actions of a grieving mother but not the words and actions of the president of the United States."
Are the leaders not accountable to a grieving mother?