Originally created 08/20/05

Summer of 'Wackostock'

"Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here."

That was the advice a Jack Nicholson character gave in the movie As Good As It Gets. It's the advice we'd give to the sad-sack protesters exploiting grieving mother Cindy Sheehan.

The woman whose son died in Iraq and who is protesting at President Bush's Crawford, Texas, ranch has been joined, and most likely heavily influenced, by a growing circus of anti-war zealots. It's become the summer of "Wackostock."

The only thing that abhors a vacuum more than nature is the Liberal Circus, which was dying for a Ground Zero to perform at.

Now, besides claiming that President Bush "killed" her son, Ms. Sheehan is positing that getting Israel out of "Palestine" and the United States out of Iraq will stop terrorism.

Further, she's been quoted as saying, "We are waging a nuclear war in Iraq right now. That country is contaminated. It will be contaminated for practically eternity now."

Who's got this woman's ear, which leads ever to the brain?

The national news media were all atwitter Monday that a "gun-toting" neighbor of Bush's was upset with the circus in his neighborhood. They couldn't wait to document a right-wing, Second Amendment-loving Texan's impatience with the group. But what have reporters done to find out the agendas of the left-wing radicals who have descended on Crawford?

The folly of Ms. Sheehan's position - that we "caused" Muslim terrorism by backing Israel's right to exist and by entering Iraq - is too broad a folly to fully explore here. But anyone who thinks the terrorists are acting out of righteous indignation - or high-minded principle - is sadly naive.

The terrorists don't want anything but the demise of the West and Israel - i.e., your death. Is that negotiable? Is that as easily done as the folks who have assembled at Wackostock suggest?

That Sheehan's misguided entourage would have us dishonor her deceased son by giving up before his colleagues' work is complete is bad enough. To be so naive as to suggest that the terrorists will be happy and leave us alone if we just accede to their demands, whatever they are, is downright suicidal.

Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here.


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