Monday, August 15, 2005

t r u t h o u t - William Rivers Pitt | Cindy's Victory

If there's one thing historians love to do, it's playing the game of pointing to a moment and saying, 'That's the turning point, that's when things started to change.' I'm no historian, but what the hell - I'll play too.

Cindy Sheehan is the turning point. In the end, what America needed was a simple symbolic moment: a mother standing outside the President's ranch, waiting for an answer that will never come. It's a Rosa Parks moment, a snapshot of the ideological struggle between those who desire peace and those who desire power. Sheehan has already entered the pop culture lexicon as representing the front line of the peace movement, and how sad is it that we actually need a 'movement' for peace?

The right-wingers have tried desperately to smear Sheehan, because they follow the Karl Rove playbook, and also because they know that what she's asking for is so politically easy, and Bush is wasting the opportunity to make it a non-story. But this is a President to admits to no mistakes, which is the same as admitting no responsibility, and I imagine that in his mind, making the decision to talk to Sheehan would be like admitting she has a point.


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