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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:31 am
The Mother Downunder 2006 Tour opens in Sydney:
A prominent American anti-war campaigner is urging Australians to take to the streets in protest against the Iraq war.
Local anti-war protesters slap foreheads and yelp: “Why didn’t we think of that?”
She says Prime Minister John Howard had no mandate to involve Australia in the war, which began in 2003.
Apart from being re-elected in 2004.
“I think Australians, they just need to get out on the streets and they need to say, ‘John Howard, you work for us’,” Mrs Sheehan said.
“‘We want our troops withdrawn and we don’t want you to support America.’”
Australians: please do exactly as the American woman says.
Mrs Sheehan has questioned Mr Howard’s friendship with US President George W Bush.
“George Bush isn’t even popular in America any more so I don’t know why any leaders in any countries who claim to govern their countries with the consent of the people they govern would align themselves closer with George Bush,” she said.
So if Bush’s poll numbers were up, Sheehan would quit protesting? Unlikely.
“[When] 14 Marines were killed one day, George Bush went on the TV and said they died for a noble cause … and he had to complete the mission to honour their sacrifices,” Mrs Sheehan said.
“I wanted to know what noble cause and I wanted him to stop using Casey’s name to continue and to justify more killing.”
I’m not sure that Bush has mentioned Casey Sheehan all that often.
“To say I’m a tool of the loopy Left, let me tell you almost 70 per cent of Americans agree with me.”
The activist was welcomed to Sydney by NSW Attorney-General Bob Debus, who urged her detractors to walk in her shoes.
“Those people who seek to criticise parents of a child who has died, let alone one who has died in a war, should just walk a mile or two in their shoes,” Mr Debus said.
Looks like Bob is attempting to shut down dissent.
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