Thursday, August 11, 2005

Mother's Protest at Bush's Doorstep Raises the Stakes - Los Angeles Times

"Sheehan is certainly not the first to denounce the president over the war. From the beginning, activists have been outspoken in criticizing Bush's policy and his stated reasons for sending U.S. troops into Iraq.

For the moment however, the personal nature of Sheehan's protest — with its edge of raw emotion — and the concentration of news media staked out in Crawford, where Bush is spending much of August, have combined to raise her voice above the crowd.

'Anything that focuses media and public attention on Iraq war casualties day after day — particularly [something] that is a good visual for television, like a weeping Gold Star mother — is a really bad thing for President Bush and his administration,' said independent political analyst Charlie Cook."

A while back we had our own forces mother at the door of 10 Downing Street. But no one is stalking Blair on his holidays.

Meanwhile we are no longer allowed to stand and protest ourside parliament. A whole series of arrests have been made of those who dared to protest this last week.