As I begin this note, there are 52 minutes left of 2008 in Gaza. One of the saddest stories I have heard from the newest Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza is about a mother who found three of her school-aged children piled on top of each other in a morgue. The news item said that the mother: “screamed, cried, then screamed again and fell silent.” Burying one child was almost more than I could bear, I cannot even imagine having to bury three at once. I am afraid her tragic story is not uncommon.
For 2009, if we are to achieve anything even approaching peace on earth, the US-Israeli occupations and oppressions of Arab countries must end. It makes me ill to hear that George Bush is urging Israeli Prime Minister Olmert to “limit civilian casualties.” If this is not the height of criminal hypocrisy, I do not know what is. George Bush and his criminal regime are responsible for the deaths of over one million innocent Iraqis and Afghans. Innocent civilians are suffering in this country from George’s failures which will soon be legendary and infamous.
Barack Obama is heading into the Oval Office at perhaps the most precarious time in our relatively short-lived “Republic,” but a cessation of violence in the Middle East (violence directed at EVERYONE) must be one of his administration’s top priorities. Not only will that help the people in that region, but we here in the US will benefit from bringing our troops home and saving 16 billion dollars a month that can be used for economic recovery here at home. Or at least, we can stop borrowing that money from China. A more even-handed approach to the Israeli-Palestian issue and the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan are what a majority of Americans desire and we must strive to make these worthy goals happen.
2009 will have many challenges and we cannot sit back and expect Barack Obama to save us. No matter how wonderful you think he is, he is not Superman or even Batman and he by himself cannot pull 300,000,000 people out of the black hole that Bush has dug this country deeper into. If you ask me, I don’t even think he is that interested in helping the American citizenry; his votes on FISA, the bankster bailout and his cabinet appointments speak louder to me than empty words of “hope and change” and show me that he is more interested in propping up and saving the Robber class, than he is in the people who have invested so much in the rhetoric and façade. You have voted…now whomever you voted for: be vociferous and be valient so We the People can be victorious!
I hope we all make New Year’s Resolutions to be the best humans we can be by trying to alleviate human suffering wherever we can! Don’t wait for your government; don’t even wait for your neighbor…just do what you can whenever you can and wherever you are!
It is so difficult to say “Happy New Year” when I know so many people who have lost their jobs, homes, or, worse yet: a loved one/ones. However, I am sharing this Xmas picture of me and my seven-month old grandson, Jonah, to show that life does go on and where there is a glimmer of such wonderful innocence, there is always hope and a “Gigi” who will never give up! I do wish us all a peaceful, happy and prosperous New Year, though…wishing is not nearly enough!
To all of our friends and supporters: our gratitude and love for you are boundless and we hope the hard times aren’t falling too hard on you and yours and that together we will not only survive, but ultimately thrive when we build a truly “great society” out of the ashes of The Empire.
We do have victories to toast today and Cindy Sheehan for Congress, 2010 and Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Radio Show promise you we will continue to lead the charge for peace and economic justice in 2009!