Peace Moms Get Ready to March

On the eve of Saturday's demonstration, Sheehan again challenges Bush for a meeting

Sheehan’s initial one-woman showdown at Crawford this summer was instigated outside the orbit of these national anti-war groups, and her grassroots peace train has given the anti-war movement an much-needed shot in the arm.

It has also made her a target for the right, who’ve been attacking her as an anti-American, “professional griever”—the captive of the far left.

But Sheehan is symbolic of a much broader shift in American opinion. For the first time, a majority of Americans support pulling the troops out right now, as opposed to previous polls, which showed a close majority of Americans favoring a pull-out over the course of the next year.

Rose Gentle, a former cleaning woman from Glasgow, Scotland, lost a 19-year-old son in Iraq. Like Sheehan, she is demanding answers from her government.
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Rose Gentle, a former cleaning woman from Glasgow, Scotland, lost a 19-year-old son in Iraq. Like Sheehan, she is demanding answers from her government.

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For information about Saturday's march on Washington, D.C., see the website for United for Peace and Justice.

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A CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll released on Monday found 59 percent of the public thinks launching the war was a mistake, and only 39 percent said the invasion of Iraq was necessary.

The test of the peace movement now is whether it can sustain the momentum Sheehan has helped create. That’s why Saturday’s march, which is expected to draw 100,000 people, is so pivotal—-and why counter-protesters and pro-war military families are now flocking to Washington to mute Sheehan's thunder.

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