Syrian Media More Accurately Reported Sheehan’s Antiwar Movement Exit Than US Press
For those that don’t think our enemies are watching the activities surrounding America’s antiwar movement, just consider that several Syrian media outlets reported Cindy Sheehan’s resignation as peace activist last month.
In fact, one Syrian columnist actually did a significantly better job than any major American journalist.of accurately tying Sheehan's disgust with Democrats to their failure to live up to their 2006 campaign promises.
Syrian Minister of Expatriate Affairs Dr. Buthayna Sha'ban praised Sheehan's activism and expressed sorrow at her retirement from public life. In an op-ed in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat - also posted on www.syria-news.com, which is affiliated with the Syrian regime - she called on "all the honorable people in the world" to join forces and continue Sheehan's struggle:
"Cindy Sheehan has long been considered an example of how a [single] person [can] lead a campaign to change the outlook and position of a strong regime, like the American one, and she has long been a beacon for all those who defend liberty and justice in the world. The news of her retirement [from public life] caused [us] to lose hope, [but] when I read her clearly reasoned letter of resignation [from the anti-war movement], I understood the extent of her difficulty.”
Sounds like the way America’s media gushed over her, doesn't it – before they threw her aside once she was no longer useful to them, that is. So did this:
"The path blazed by Cindy Sheehan is a very important one, because it was meant to bring justice, respect for the human spirit, and awareness that what is happening in Iraq is a crime against humanity. [Sheehan's activism] could have a real impact not only on American's policy in Iraq, but on its policy in the Middle East [at large] and perhaps even in the [whole] world.
Can’t you just hear Katie, Charlie, or Brian saying the exact same thing?
Yet, that wasn’t the only Syrian article about Cindy, as Charles Kamilah also wrote about this issue in the government-run Teshreen. Maybe most important, he said what no American media member would dare:
"What made the famous American citizen Cindy Sheehan, head of the [American] anti-war movement, say 'goodbye America... you are not the country that I love?'... Her main reason [for this move] at this time was probably not Bush's [insistence on] pursuing his erroneous path - which is [merely] the persistence of [his] known stupidity. Rather, it is the Democratic Party's betrayal of its voters, who gave it a majority in Congress after it promised an immediate withdrawal from Iraq in its elections campaign.
"Today, the [Democratic] Party has withdrawn even the demand to set a timetable for the withdrawal as a condition for approving the war funding bill. Sheehan, who was committed to the [Democratic] Party, regarded this [decision] not only as a betrayal of America's moral values, but [as a blow to] the very foundations of the democratic regime in which [America] takes so much pride... This [betrayal] is a sore blow to Sheehan and her comrades, who pinned real [hopes] on the beacon of morality brandished by the Democratic Party's propagandists.
Spot on analysis, wouldn’t you agree? In fact, this was far superior to virtually anything uttered or written about Sheehan’s departure by any major American journalist.
Quite a thing for the U.S. media to actually be outdone about an event within our borders from someone writing for the Syrian government’s newspaper, wouldn’t you agree?
They should be very proud.