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Cindy Sheehan wants to bring her protest to the wounded at Landstuhl. This is the front page, banner headline story in today's Stars and Stripes:
On March 11, protesters plan to walk from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to a parking lot just outside Ramstein Air Base, where Sheehan will be at a “camp,” paying tribute to those who have died in the Iraq war.Until today I never heard anyone at work even discuss this woman. Today I heard a lot of unprintable comments. The area they're hoping to use to set up Camp Lookatmeimontv is a very heavily trafficked road - cars will be virtually parked there in the heavy morning "rush" inbound to the gates at Ramstein. If Cindy's handlers get their wish they'll learn a lot about what the troops think of them.
“Cindy will be with us at Camp Casey Landstuhl/Ramstein to call attention to the fact that Germany is Europe’s logistical hub for the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and others threatening Iran and the Middle East,” according to an event flier. “Germany has the power to stop the further use of U.S. bases in Germany for illegal wars and criminal methods of warfare — the power and the right to just say no!”
Organizers are hoping to erect the camp — known as Camp Casey for Sheehan’s son — in a parking lot outside Ramstein Air Base’s west gate. The parking lot is under German jurisdiction, said Erin Zagursky, an Air Force spokeswoman at the base. Protest organizers are meeting with city officials in Ramstein and Landstuhl to gain permission for their event.
Sheehan’s goals are to bring the troops home and have peace on earth, she said in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.
Her son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, 24, was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. Sheehan said in an e-mail she was too busy for a phone interview with Stars and Stripes.
“I don’t know anything about the visit,” she wrote. “It is being arranged by some people in Germany.”
With the Kaiserslautern military community home to more than 50,000 Americans with military ties, Sheehan could face a rough welcome. When asked for comment Wednesday on Sheehan’s upcoming visit, several soldiers in Kaiserslautern asked if they could be quoted anonymously.
One soldier, who recently returned from Iraq, did give his name but didn’t have much to say about Sheehan.
“Anything I would have to say about her, you couldn’t print,” Army Staff Sgt. Mark Genthner said.
On another note, "protesters plan to walk from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to a parking lot just outside Ramstein Air Base". Just a thought, Landstuhl is on top of a hill, a few hundred feet higher in elevation then Ramstein. The downhill-only march is very indicative of the actual dedication and energy of this group.
Update: Much discussion in comments about counter-demonstrations. Truth is, most likely if this event comes to pass military members and families will be told to avoid any demonstrations or confrontations - this isn't the first such event here.
The entry road to Ramstein is secluded, and traveled only by those coming to or from the base. If Sheehan and company get permission to "camp" there that gate will likely be closed for the duration, with traffic diverted to other entrances. These measures are taken specifically to avoid any potential conflict. Their little party will go on without anyone to witness.
Except for reporters, that is.
And I doubt Cindy and Co. will be allowed to pass through the Landstuhl gate - and the wounded and their families will not see them, as both of the Fisher Houses and the hospital itself are not in view.
Make no mistake about it; this is a media event, not one for the troops. For those of you not covered by the UCMJ who might be considering arranging a counter demonstration, I urge you to follow the example of Citizen Smash and have a support the troops rally, not an anti-Cindy event.
Even better, you can join Soldier's Angels Germany, and support the troops even after Cindy goes home.
"The downhill-only march is very indicative of the actual dedication and energy of this group."
Maybe we can find a cooperative DI who will be more than happy to run them back up.Posted by GM Roper at February 23, 2006 06:15 PM
Who pays for her too do all this traveling?Someone needs to cut her off!! I heard she is appearing at a REM concert next month? Damn them!! Stype needs to be beaten down as well!!!Posted by Saoirse at February 23, 2006 07:00 PM
I wonder how the German officials plan to guarantee her physical safety. I imagine there will be a lot of military personel who would love to see something happen.Posted by Carl at February 23, 2006 08:01 PM
I'd comment, but my keyboard would catch fire.Posted by Tink at February 23, 2006 08:17 PM
Casey's mother continues to dishonor him in a most shameless way. It has long passed since this was about him (if ever); it's really about her and her 7th grade ideology. If anyone who has left this life is rolling over in his grave, it has to be Casey Sheehan.Posted by Don Miguel at February 23, 2006 10:12 PM
"On another note, "protesters plan to walk from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center to a parking lot just outside Ramstein Air Base". Just a thought, Landstuhl is on top of a hill, a few hundred feet higher in elevation then Ramstein. The downhill-only march is very indicative of the actual dedication and energy of this group."
I'll pray for snow, and a complete failure of German snow removal equipment ;)
Or maybe a water main bursting, in sub freezing temperatures.
Or maybe you all, should how a proper "drink up" the night before, and "water the street"
Posted by Soldier's Dad at February 24, 2006 03:07 AM
Cindy Sheehan is a very sick woman. She is adicted to the limelight like an alcoholic to booze. She needs to be ignored.Posted by Kate at February 24, 2006 09:51 AM
Has anyone provided the German authorities a copy of her anti-Semitic remarks? They might be willing to provide a little tour of Dachau in the afternoon, before they post her out of country.Posted by Don at February 24, 2006 02:14 PM
I wish there was a way to prevent her returning to the states when the Germans get tired of her sorry @$$ but unfortunately that would take more effort than it's worth. I've been to Landstuhl in the dark and distant past and have one question. Has the Army build a new hospital there? IIRC the hospital was well back in the base AND on a rather large ridge above Landstuhl platz. I don't think the GI patients would be able to see this sleeze unless she got on base.Posted by Bob "the RhinoKeeper" at February 24, 2006 05:39 PM
Oh man this makes me so sick to my stomach and an anger that has me shaking!!
Don't let her back into America! Kick her out and send her to the front door of the insurgents.
Maybe organize a "base run" that happens to start, at the base of that hill, going up of course, oh, about 15 minutes before her scheduled walk. I can see it now, "Oh, excuse me, mam" .. "Sorry about that, mam" Could make it a little difficult to get down that hill!Posted by Sherry at February 24, 2006 07:54 PM
Water balloon launchers. Scout a location within range of the gathering and give a demonstration of the value of indirect fire with rubber tubing and water balloons.
Or you could just paint verses on the Koran where they are planning on standing, and make sure that you get pictures of Sheehan presenting the soles of her feet to the words of the Prophet.
That should dry up her funding...Posted by Patrick Lasswell at February 24, 2006 09:11 PM
Really weird about her website. You can sign up for her blog, hosted by "Radio Left"(?) but there's no way to leave a comment. I tried. Has anyone else? Let me know if you find a way. BTW, really unprofessional and sh**ty looking blog.Posted by tblubrd at February 25, 2006 02:20 AM
What a Snake! She really gets off spending hotel time with the panderers. Rev. Jesse, Hugo C, and their ilk. She bought her last name by wedding Casey Sheehans father. Casey Sheehan got his name at birth. She is merely Cindy the Snake. Just put a shirt in my cafepress shop, troops section, for Casey.
Having been at Landstuhl when my son was an "unplanned guest" via ar Ramadi, I can not even begin to fathom how anyone could associate LRMC with anything other than care and comfort. Why anyone would consider what they do at LRMC as something to "protest" is mind boggling. It makes me want to weep. Let her show up. The world will shake their heads in disgust the same as the rest of us.
Maybe all the airmen and soldiers and their families of the tri-base area should assemble at the gates of Ramstein, carry US flags and sing patriotic songs. I think the DC FReepers would be more than happy to loan them the MOAB (the Mother of All Banners).Posted by Some Soldier's Mom at February 25, 2006 07:39 AM
Well, if she thinks that the DC and Capitol police forces were abusive, she ain't seen nothing yet when considering the Polizei. She'd better watch her "P's and Q's" very carefully during this little stunt.
Water cannons, batons, and plenty of other unpleasantries may await her!
MajorDad1984Posted by MajorDad1984 at February 25, 2006 01:50 PM
Why don't we sponsir an event for her in Baghdad? With a little luck she just might drive over an IED.Posted by Cate at February 25, 2006 04:00 PM
This could get interesting. The war is much more immediate for these people, and they don't have to rely on the shoddy MSM for their daily news. They can talk to people in the checkout line at the exchange or commissary!
As for the German community, I think that while many oppose the war, many are also afraid of the Americans leaving for good - simply for monetary reasons. Has anyone been to the small towns and cities where American bases have closed up? Have you seen all of the businesses that went under?
I'll be interested in seeing how this all falls out. I can only hope and pray that our soldiers and their families get together for a wonderful counter-protest - and prove that morale is just fine, thank you very much!Posted by Lyric Mezzo at February 25, 2006 05:01 PM
Military members and families will be told to avoid any demonstrations or confrontations - this isn't the first such event here.
The entry road to Ramstein is secluded, and travelled only by those coming to or from the base. If Sheehan and company get permition to "camp" there that gate will likely be closed for the duration, with traffic diverted to other entrances. These measures are taken specifically to avoid any potential conflict. Their little party will go on without anyone to witness.
Except for reporters, that is.
And I doubt Cindy and Co will be allowed to pass through the Landstuhl gate - and the wounded and their families will not see them, as both Fissher Houses and the hospital itself are not in view.
Make no mistake about it, this is a media event, not one for the troops. For those considering arranging a counter demonstration, I reccomend you follow the example of Citizen Smash and have a support the troops rally, not an anti-Cindy event.
Or you can join with Soldier's Angels Germany, and support the troops even after Cindy goes home.Posted by Greyhawk at February 25, 2006 11:39 PM
I agree Greyhawk. Have a support the troops rally and don't mention Cindy. We here in Illinois, Soldiers Angels want to get a little magazine together. Nothing fancy. But have stories in it about the positive things troops are doing overseas. Stories like the schools opening. Food banks, etc. Leave them in those racks in grocery stores, libraries, etc. So that people have the opportunity to see more then what the media portrays.
I have learned from reading blogs, rather then getting mad at her. Use that frustration for the greater good. Hopefully we can do something postive with it!!
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