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September 19, 2005

Absoluter Moral Authority

I realize that the adjective absolute is itself an absolute, like optimal and ultimate, and as such has no comparative, but if Madison can write of a "more perfect Union", I can write of "absoluter moral authority."

"Absolute moral authority" is of course the status bestowed upon Cindy Sheehan by Maureen Dowd, and it's not hard to see why. Setting aside the fact that other parents of dead soldiers, whose moral authority is presumably equally absolute, have very different views than Sheehan, she is after all a grieving mother whose son lost his life in Iraq. Whose moral authority could possibly be greater?

How about an actual soldier who was killed in Iraq?

As reported in the Everett (WA) Herald, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Starr was fatally shot in Ramadi, on his third tour of duty in Iraq. After his second tour, he wrote a letter which he never sent and didn't show anybody. He stored it on his computer, intending it to be found by family if he never returned. The Herald quotes his letter:

Obviously if you are reading this then I have died in Iraq. I kind of predicted this - that is why I'm writing this in November. A third time just seemed like I'm pushing my chances. I don't regret going, everybody dies but few get to do it for something as important as freedom.

It's a haunting letter, addressed to his beloved girlfriend Emmylyn, expressing Cpl. Starr's regret that he didn't have more time to spend with her. But the Marine faced his death without fear, without regret, knowing that he was fighting for a worthy cause, knowing that when he fell he would join a long line of American heroes who sacrificed their lives for something far larger than themselves. Again, from Starr himself:

It may seem confusing why we are in Iraq, it's not to me. I'm here helping these people, so that they can live the way we live. Not have to worry about tyrants or vicious dictators. To do what they want with their lives. To me that is why I died. Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.

Cindy Sheehan has repeatedly asked for what noble cause her son lost his life. Jeffrey Starr knew. I think Casey Sheehan probably knew, too. Starr gives Cindy Sheehan her answer from the grave.

Rest well, fallen hero, and go with the gratitude of a nation that is fiercely proud of you.

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Well said.

Her recent demand that Bush remove soldiers from "occupied New Orleans" was priceless.

Posted by: odietamo | Sep 19, 2005 4:23:00 PM

Well at least he died not knowing how he was turned into a political pawn.

Posted by: Hida Reju | Sep 20, 2005 10:32:53 AM

Yes, I agree. Thank goodness the brave soldier died before being shamelessly turned into a pawn to push a political cause by ruthless exploiters.

Uh... you are talking about Casey Sheehan, right?

Posted by: Voice of Reason | Sep 21, 2005 8:41:20 AM

Actually I am talking about both Casey Sheehan and Jeffrey Starr. One got used by his greaving mother to push her feelings against the war. The other gets his death and patriotism used as a political weapon for the war.

Isn't it interesting to see both sides using the same tactics for different reasons?

Posted by: Hida Reju | Sep 22, 2005 5:59:24 AM

And how, exactly, is Starr being used as a political weapon?

Posted by: Voice of Reason | Sep 22, 2005 12:23:44 PM

If there is a fraction as much of the media hype around his letter then it will be used as a Political weapon to counter public opinion revolving around Cindy Sheehan and her personal Crusade.

In your own words you state the following. "I think Casey Sheehan probably knew, too. Starr gives Cindy Sheehan her answer from the grave." It seems clear that you want this to be a message to others. If it is a message to others pushing a political agenda then it is a weapon. Even if you personally do not use it others will not be so restrained.

I for one could care less about Cindy Sheehan she is cracked in the head and unreasonable at this point due to grief anyway. The fact that her son's death was used others to fuel an antiwar crusade at the cost of her grief is repulsive.

There are plenty of good reasons to end the war as well as many to keep fighting. Let's keep the hype out of the equation and stick to the facts.

Posted by: Hida Reju | Sep 26, 2005 5:57:18 AM

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