The anti-war mom said Sheehan is right in her assessment of the country’s general disengagement from the war and the war’s effects. Sheehan said the country is more concerned with “American Idol” than with the soldiers in Iraq.
“There’s not any realization until people are physically impacted, or the economy is affected,” concurred Niederer. “Our country right now is more about the idolization of things that are not real. Reality hurts.”
Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Regarding President George W. Bush’s visit to Edison on May 31st to raise money for the Republican State Committee, Niederer said if given the opportunity she would ask the President, “When does this become the realization of Vietnam all over again? Let our country become our country again, and gain the respect we used to have as a nation, that we do not have any longer.”
Like Sheehan, Niederer said she was disappointed with Democrats, too, for their general timidity onthe war question.
In September, 2004, Niederer was handcuffed and detained by police after she questioned Laura Bush in Hamilton about why the First Lady’s daughters did not see fit to fight in Iraq.
As for her own participation in anti-war protests, Niederer said, “I will never stop until this war is over.”
Tara Hunte of Willingboro, whose husband, PFC Simeon Hunte, was killed in 2003, also said she is sorry Sheehan has quit the anti-war movement, and said she has no more words for Bush.
“I tried to write him a letter to get some of the hurt off my chest, but that was when there were 1,800 troops dead in Iraq,” said Hunte.