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News :: Politics
Once Again, Charges of Anti-Semitism Were Based On False Evidence
17 Aug 2005
Cindy Sheehan, like many others who have stood up to Bush, has been painted with the brush of anti-Semitism based on false evidence. This is just one of the many tactics used by scum bags like Drudge who parrot any false charge that comes their way.
Putting out Fires
by CindySheehan
Tue Aug 16th, 2005 at 20:23:47 PDT

Putting out Fires
Day 10
The Peaceful Occupation of Iraq

The right wingers are really having a field day with me. It hurts me really badly, but I am willing to put up with the crap, if it ends the war a minute sooner than it would have. I would like to address some specific concerns that have been raised against me.

* CindySheehan's diary :: ::
*

The first one is about my divorce. I addressed this on my blog the other night. My divorce was in the works way before I came out to Crawford. My husband filed the papers before this all started. It just recorded last Friday. My husband didn't know that it would become public record, and public knowledge. He had told his lawyer not to serve me with the paperwork or even bother me while I was at Camp Casey. He was trying to do the right thing. He didn't want me to find out. Enough about that.

Another "big deal" today was the lie that I had said that Casey died for Israel. I never said that, I never wrote that. I had supposedly said it in a letter that I wrote to Ted Koppel's producer in March. I wrote the letter because I was upset at the way Ted treated me when I appeared at a Nightline Town Hall meeting in January right after the inauguration. I felt that Ted had totally disrespected me. I wrote the letter to Ted Bettag and cc'd a copy to the person who gave me Ted's address. I believe he (the person who gave me the address) changed the email and sent it out to capitalize on my new found notoriety by promoting his own agenda. Enough about that.

I didn't blog about the cross incident last night. I was at the Peace House when there was a big commotion and people started saying that someone had run over our Arlington Crawford display. I know this is old news because I have seen great posts about it today. This is how I feel. The right wingers are emailing me and spewing filth about me on the radio and on the television saying that I am dishonoring my son's memory. This man who ran over the crosses thinks he is a better American than we are. He thinks we are more patriotic than we are. Does he really believe that he is honoring the memories of the fallen and his country by running down 500 crosses and about 60 American flags? The Iraq Veterans Against the War who were here were also very offended. Those crosses represented their buddies who didn't make it home. And they are so aware of the fact that one of those crosses could have their name on it.

Yesterday, we had a counter protestor who played his guitar across the way from us and sang (very terribly!!!) a song that loosely went like this:

Aiding and abetting the enemy.
How many ghosts did you make today?
Google me this, Google me that,
How many ghosts did you make today?

I find it so ironic that he was singing it to me, and not to George Bush. We named the song: The Ballad of George Bush. He came back out today, but blessed be to God, he didn't bring his guitar, and he didn't sing.

We are moving to a place that doesn't have much shade and I put out an appeal for tarps and a soldier from Ft. Hood brought some to us that he "borrowed" from Ft. Hood for us to use. I have had a lot of soldiers from Ft. Hood come out and tell me to keep it up and that I am doing a good thing. We are doing this to honor Casey and the other fallen heroes in their memories. But we are doing it FOR the people of Iraq and the other soldiers who are in harm's way right now. Right after we heard about the crosses last night, a Camp Casey volunteer found out that a pen pal she had in Iraq was KIA on August 12th. This has to stop, now. We will stop it.
See also:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2005/8/16/232347/610

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Re: Once Again, Charges of Anti-Semitism Were Based On False Evidence
18 Aug 2005
American Nazi Idol
By Ben Johnson
FrontPageMagazine.com | August 18, 2005

LAST NIGHT THERE WERE 1,500 CANDLELIGHT VIGILS FOR CINDY SHEEHAN AND
ONE BURNING CROSS. Sheehan has become the poster girl for the antiwar
Left, because her status as a grieving mother renders the 48-year-old
Vacaville, California, native more sympathetic than Medea Benjamin,
Ramsey Clark, or Michael Moore (whose website hosts Sheehan’s blog).
However, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and racist extremists have also begun
gathering around the Gold Star Families for Peace founder.

Leading the parade is none other than "former" Klansman David Duke.
Duke recently authored the article, "Why Cindy Sheehan is Right!" in
which the "fiery" politician criticizes an article written by little
ol’ me. The convicted fraud writes, "A recent article on David
Horowitz’s FrontPage [Magazine] and repeated by many pro-Israel
zealots dares to compare her with that incorrigible American, me." It
is true in my article I stated Sheehan’s over-the-top rhetoric "echoes
the line being taken by David Duke and his ilk at their most recent
recruiting website, NoWarForIsrael.com" – a point Duke concedes. On
his August 14 web broadcast, the alleged plastic surgery aficionado
read an e-mail Cindy Sheehan sent to the producer of Ted
Koppel’s "Nightline," in which she wrote:

my first born was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies
and for a PNAC [Project for a New American Century] Neo-Con agenda to
benefit Israel. My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel.

After reading these words, Duke exclaimed, "Boy, it sounds exactly
like the things I’ve been writing, doesn’t it?" Other commentators
agreed.

Cindy Sheehan now dismisses the e-mail in question, although she does
not renounce its contents. In Tuesday’s blog, she wrote, "Another ‘big
deal’ today was the lie that I had said that Casey died for Israel. I
never said that, I never wrote that." Instead, she says, the phony e-
mail was yet another neo-con conspiracy! Blowing the lid off this
cover-up, she writes:

I wrote the letter because I was upset at the way Ted treated me when
I appeared at a "Nightline" Town Hall meeting in January right after
the inauguration. I felt that Ted had totally disrespected me. I wrote
the letter to Ted [sic.; his name is Tom] Bettag and cc’d a copy to
the person who gave me Ted’s address. I believe he changed the e-mail
and sent it out to capitalize on my new found [sic.] notoriety by
promoting his own agenda.

Ah yes, that infamous conservative mainstream media bias. Don’t hold
your breath waiting for Cindy Sheehan to come forward with an
exculpatory "original" e-mail, though. As the blog Sweetness and Light
pointed out, Sheehan’s e-mail to "Nightline" was posted online by a
man named Tony Tesh in mid-March, months before anyone had ever heard
of her. This was months before she developed her "new found notoriety"
among such as Duke

This would also be in keeping with a long history of her past
statements. One person has reported Sheehan thundered during one of
her speeches:

Iraq wasn't going to attack America or nuke America. But Iraq was a
threat – to Israel. That was the real threat and had been for 15
years. But for the U.S. government, this was the threat that couldn't
speak its name. Europe doesn't care much about that threat. And the
U.S. government didn't think they should lean too much on it, because
going to war to protect Israel wouldn't be popular.

If accurate, this would be as damning as the "lie" Ted Koppel’s
producer allegedly interpolated into her e-mail…and it would win her
more friends among the racist fringe.

Thanks to the internet, Sheehan’s popularity among the armband
brigades is spreading like fire creeping up a moonlit cross. On the
web’s premier hate website, Stormfront.org, Duke supporter James Kelso
(whose screen name is "Charles A. Lindbergh") posted a link to a video
message from Cindy Sheehan entitled, "Mr. President, you lied to us."

Cindy is also popular at the American Nationalist Union. ANU is run by
Don Wassall, former national chairman of the Populist Party, a racist
third party organized in 1984 by Willis Carto’s Liberty Lobby; in
1988, the party nominated David Duke for president. ANU’s Nationalist
News section links to four articles supporting Cindy Sheehan,
including a delightful link to an article on Justin Raimondo’s Hate
America Right website Antiwar.com about Christopher Hitchens: "Drink-
Soaked Trotskyite Popinjay Slimes Antiwar Mom "

Duke is not the only figure on the White Wing to embrace Sheehan. The
explicitly Nazi National Socialist Movement backs her, as well.
NSM "Commander" Jeff Schoep entitled one recent radio broadcast "NSM
SUPPORTS CINDY SHEEHAN," then devoted a second broadcast to Sheehan
the next day.

The racist website Altermedia.info jumped on the bandwagon early,
posting multiple articles hailing Cindy Sheehan. One article, written
under the pen name "Charles Coughlin," dubbed the menopausal valley
girl "The Rosa Parks of the Peace Movement," an awkward metaphor
considering the source. Another article, authored by "James Buchanan"
(another great Democrat), hinted the "Neo-Cons" had solicited the
services of the redneck who fired shots into the air within earshot of
Sheehan and her leftist Big Top.

Another article written by the late Fr. Coughlin’s acolyte, "Woman
Loses Son in Iraq; Neocons Treat her Like Dirt," also made its way on
Stormfront.org’s discussion forum, inspiring 14 pages of commentary.
The very first respondent, neo-Nazi "Reichmann88," [1] wrote:

This lady sounds like a potential WN ["WN" is short for "White
Nationalist" – BJ]. I'll bet she has no clue about Israel's
involvement in her sons death. Sad indeed!! May God Bless Her!

Reichmann need not worry; it appears Sheehan "knew."

Another Stormfront contributor commented, "If there are any Texas WN
units nearby Mrs. Cindy Sheehan they should reach out to hear [sic.]."
When another message claimed Sheehan "probably would spit in your face
if you approached her with WN," forum member "Messiah" assured:

I've known Cindy for over a year now, and no, she wouldn't spit in
anyone's face for what they said....while she's not a WN, she’s a
decent person who resents deeply what Bush has done with his lies in
creating this war, and using the US for Israel's interests. I feel
like she does about these Neo Con/Israel created wars.

And evidently she reciprocates the sentiments of this racist scumbag.

The racist adulation continues. As of this morning, the Vanguard News
Network linked to Sheehan’s "Nightline" e-mail and classified her as
someone "putting America before Israel." (This is located above a link
to Antiwar.com.) The racist news site Whitewire.com also comments
favorably on Sheehan. (The only link on Whitewire.com that is not to a
white supremacist website goes to Al-Jazeera.)

National Vanguard, an off-shoot of the recently splintered neo-Nazi
organization National Alliance, posted some of Cindy Sheehan’s
writings on its website, a reality anticipated by a reader of our
blog, Moonbat Central. Also noted approvingly the Republican Jewish
Coalition opposes Sheehan (which proves she’s OK). When one NV reader
objected to his fellow white supremacists, the editors wrote:

All of us understand Mrs. Sheehan's limitations. We hope she overcomes
them. Whatever mistakes she has made or will make, and whatever
defects in her understanding, however, her story is a moving testament
to the horrible injustice and irreparable harm done to our people by
the Jewish supremacists. And it is also a story of pluck and courage
and the great good that one person can do.

Far from distancing herself from these hatemongers, she has praised
some of their work. In a podcast held live from Camp Crawford hosted
by Howard Dean’s former campaign Joe Trippi, Sheehan praised the work
of "journalist" Greg Szymanski, who has covered Sheehan for the UFO
website ArcticBeacon.com and the American Free Press. At the time of
the call, the Drudge Report had uncovered Sheehan’s conflicting
statements about her first meeting with President Bush. In the call,
Sheehan lauded Szymanski’s journalistic integrity, stating, "Your
account, that you wrote, is a true one."

Szymanski wrote two accounts of her meeting with the president, as
well as numerous articles for the American Free Press – including one
questioning whether the Bush administration was involved in 9/11. AFP
is the newest incarnation of THE SPOTLIGHT newspaper, which the Anti-
Defamation League classifies as "the most widely read publication on
the fringe Right." Both were published by Liberty Lobby, an
organization with ties to neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism that
is "presently the most influential right-wing extremist propaganda
organization in the United States." Sheehan is appreciative of at
least some of their journalists’ "true" work. One must say, at a
minimum, her love for radical nutjobs does not discriminate.

Racists and the Left: The Other Unholy Alliance

Cindy Sheehan’s newfound, seemingly mutual love for anti-Semitic,
racist, and neo-Nazi extremists draws attention to one overlooked
fact: the racial extremist movement has been moving steadily Left in
recent years. The rhetoric on many of these websites is
indistinguishable from that prevalent on leftist anti-Bush websites.
For instance, David Duke writes of Cindy Sheehan:

It was criminal to send her son to die for a lie.

There were no weapons of mass destruction, no nuclear program, no
uranium from Niger, no links with Al Qaeda, no imminent threat to the
American people. Every reason the American people were given for going
to war has turned out to be a lie.

As Bill Clinton might have said, if you didn’t know that sentence
originated with Duke, "you might think Hillary Clinton was giving that
speech." Duke goes further, quoting leftist hero, former Ambassdor
Joseph C. Wilson III:

A more cynical reading of the agenda of certain Bush advisers could
conclude that the Balkanization of Iraq was always an acceptable
outcome, because Israel would then find itself surrounded by small
Arab countries worried about each other instead of forming a solid
block against Israel.

Thus, it should have surprised no one when Duke endorsed John Kerry
for President last fall, yet somehow it did not make national
headlines.

Again, the move to the Left is not confined to David Duke. White Aryan
Resistance nutcase Tom Metzger portrayed himself as a tendy,
California environmentalist, liberal, and atheist years ago. The slick
tactics are now trickling down through the racist movement. In one of
the laudatory pro-Sheehan pieces on Altermedia, "Charles Coughlin"
writes, "It is the job of all patriotic Americans to attack
politicians who abuse the military sending soldiers off to fight wars
for Israel and Halliburton." (Emphasis added.) National Vanguard has
lionized London’s far-Left mayor "Red" Ken Livingstone. National
Alliance has suggested soldiers pass out white supremacist literature,
an infraction of military rules, in order to get sent home; this
echoes the plans of Medea Benjamin and Leslie Cagan’s Baghdad-based
International Occupation Watch to accomplish the same goal by having
soldiers declare themselves conscientious objectors.

Examining the rhetoric of Cindy Sheehan alone would make this anti-
Jew/anti-Bush alliance understandable. She has screeched, "You get
America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll end
terrorism." She challenged President Bush to tell her "the
truth": "You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax
Americana, imperialism in the Middle East." She has also called the
Iraq war "blatant genocide." Her "Neo-Con" conspiracy theories
perfectly match those of the Nazis; they well understand "neo-con"
means Jewish, or as Duke calls them, "Jewish Supremacists."

National Alliance has been the source of similar-sounding rhetoric. NA
declared, "That term ‘vital U.S. interests’ must kill thousands of
people every year…our government has such an enormous infection of
Jewish influence, that there is virtually no place on the planet safe
from ‘vital U.S. interests.’" Like the Left, the neo-Nazi group –
whose founder’s book The Turner Diaries had inspired Timothy McVeigh –
claims America commits "terrorism" all around the world in the form of
covert operations.

Why have the Nazis adored and adopted Cindy Sheehan? Ultimately, Cindy
Sheehan reminds on, appropriately enough, of a character from "The
Twilight Zone." In the memorable episode "He's Alive," Dennis Hopper
portrays a young neo-Nazi leader who gets deadly advice from an
ominous adviser. When it becomes clear the shadowy figure who has been
guiding and supporting his work is the ghost of Adolf Hitler, Hopper
asks, "Why me?" Hitler responds that it was Hopper who had chosen him,
repeating his rhetoric and slogans. Today, it is Cindy Sheehan and the
whole of the Left repeating the Nazis’ conspiratorial ravings, as the
Democratic Party draws her person and her poisonous rhetoric into an
ever-closer embrace.

ENDNTOES:

1. "88" is a popular shorthand among neo-Nazis. The number "8"
corresponds to the letter "H," and "HH" is short for "Heil Hitler."
Journalist Andy Oakley produced a book entitled 88. Years before the
internet, toothless rednecks were already dumbing down the language.
Re: Once Again, Charges of Anti-Semitism Were Based On False Evidence
22 Aug 2005
I knew it, I knew it, and I tried to warn you.

Nick, are you there?