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Cindy Sheehan and other Gold Star Members in Crawford, TX
 


11 August 2005 at 1:07:59 AM
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Bereaved mother camps outside Bush ranch
Casey Sheehan did not want to go to Iraq, but he did not want to let down his buddies. So despite his mother's offer to whisk him away to Canada or run his leg over with a car, off he went. Less than two weeks later, the 24-year-old from Zacaville, California, was dead, one of eight soldiers killed in an ambush near Baghdad.

Now, 16 months later, Cindy Sheehan, 48, is camped outside George Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanding to see the president. "I want to ask him why did my son die? What was this noble cause you talk about? And if the cause is so noble, when are you going to send your daughters over there and let somebody else's son come home?"

She plans to stay throughout August if she has to. "I want people to realise that we are a nation at war and only a few of us have to pay for it. I want to put the war back on the front page where it belongs."

Ms Sheehan has met the president before, a few months after Casey died. She describes his behaviour as "disrespectful" and "inappropriate", saying he kept referring to her as "mom", could not remember Casey's name and acted as though he were at a party. According to Ms Sheehan, Mr Bush said he could not imagine losing a loved one like an aunt or uncle or cousin. She reminded him that Casey was her son.

Ms Sheehan, who campaigned against Mr Bush's re-election and has participated in commercials opposing the war, says she "probably expected him to act the way he acted".

Video of Camp Casey in Crawford, TX


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