Cindy Sheehan is full of crap, and thirty seconds of hard thought will prove that.
One thing that truly troubled me about my visit to Louisiana was the level of the military presence there.
Oh, so now it's too much. Ok...
I imagined before that if the military had to be used in a CONUS (Continental US) operations that they would be there to help the citizens: Clothe them, feed them, shelter them, and protect them.
Yeah, that's what the Guard was doing there in the first place...if you paid attention Cindy.
But what I saw was a city that is occupied. I saw soldiers walking around in patrols of 7 with their weapons slung on their backs.
As an ex-soldier, my first reaction was WTF? Patrols of 7? 7? What the hell is that? If she said 10 or 11, then I would have said "oh that's a squad." Either she can't count, or she's making it up. I don't care which it is....no such animal as a MOUT patrol of 7...or at least there wasn't when I was in.
Additionally, weapons slung on the back mean they're not expecting trouble. Weapons at the ready on patrol would mean they expected something. Apparently Cindy's just freaked out by weapons and uniforms. PTSD, I understand, can reach survivors.
I wanted to ask one of them what it would take for one of them to shoot me.
Tell them you're Cindy Sheehan.
Sand bags were removed from private property to make machine gun nests.
Assuming she doesn't know what a machine gun is...she probably saw a few M60s...which aren't machine guns, but automatic weapons. An occupation force patrolling to keep order would mount them on Hum-vees, not keep them in a static position like a "machine gun nest." If she meant an actual machine gun, like a M2 .50 caliber...those are forbidden for use against people...only vehicles and equipment. So unless the outlaws are now driving armored vehicles, I seriously doubt Cindy even saw a machine gun. The occupation of Berlin was 50 years ago...times and tactics have changed.
The vast majority of people who were looting in New Orleans were doing so to feed their families or to get resources to get their families out of there. If I had a store with an inventory of insured belongings, and a tragedy happened, I would fling my doors open and tell everyone to take what they need: it is only stuff. When our fellow citizens are told to "shoot to kill" other fellow citizens because they want to stay alive, that is military and governmental fascism gone out of control. What I saw today in Algiers lifted up my spirits, but what I also saw today in Algiers frightened me terribly.
1.) Food and supplies are now finally being brought in...no one needs to loot to survive.
2.) Maybe you didn't read the news closely after the hurricane hit, but shoes and TVs are not necessary to survive. Maybe you think they are, but they're not.
3.) I may have missed it myself, but I've not yet heard of any looters being shot. I've heard of some thugs attacking workers being shot by the police, but looters? Haven't heard that one. Or have the evil Bush Nazi-deathrays dulled my sense of thinking? (Really, has anyone heard or looters being shot? I honestly have not heard about it.)
I repeat: this is a sad old hag's last few seconds of fame, and she's thrown in with that asswart Moore in a last pitiful attempt to spit more venom at the man she thinks killed her son.
Edited by CoyoteUgly, 16 September 2005 - 10:32 PM.