Hundreds of Coloradans turned out last night for candlelight vigils to support Cindy Sheehan, mother of fallen Iraq soldier Casey Sheehan, in her quest to end the war and meet with President Bush.
About 100 people joined hands in a line and stretched across Interstate 70 in Golden, about 80 gathered at a busy intersection in Fort Collins to wave anti-war signs at passing traffic, and as many as 700 formed a circle of lighted candles in Denver’s Civic Center to sing and show their support for Cindy Sheehan.
Sheehan has struck a chord with mothers across the country. Like her, I don’t want my son dying in a war we entered under false premises. Every mother is entitled to protect her son. Casey Sheehan represents all of our sons. You can support our troops without supporting this war.
At first I thought Sheehan might be page one news for only fifteen minutes. Clearly, that is not the case. In Colorado and around the country, mothers are speaking up. President Bush should have met with Ms. Sheehan when she began her vigil. Now, it’s too late. A movement’s been started.
When Green Day and Barbra Streisand sing the same tune, you know this movement is only to get bigger. And when it comes to anti-war sentiment, all roads lead back to Country Joe. The Vietnam vets, including some in Colorado, are joining Cindy’s call. From today’s Post article:
At the Golden vigil, Rich Farley of Denver, paralyzed from the waist down by wounds he suffered in the Vietnam War, said, “This war’s a farce.” Sitting apart from the others, Farley said, “This war is the same thing all over again. When we came home, nobody wanted us here. We want these guys home. They deserve that.”
Dan Froomkin, writing in the Washington Post today, asks and answers the question, Is She a Spark or a Flicker?