Cindy Sheehan, who became a national symbol of the anti-war movement when her son Casey was killed in Iraq, has taken to (what looks like) her official Facebook page to cast doubt on President Barack Obama’s claim that the United States killed Osama Bin Laden yesterday. Sheehan grabbed headlines back in 2005 when she camped outside of George W. Bush’s ranch in Texas to protest the wars and later ran unsuccessfully for Congress. Since, she’s protested Obama too, and has worked recently with the Socialist Alternative. Today, she appears to have really lost it. She’s not the only one.
“I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid,” Sheehan writes, already setting up a fair and measured conversation. “Just think to yourself–they paraded Saddam’s dead sons around to prove they were dead–why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea? This lying, murderous Empire can only exist with your brainwashed consent–just put your flags away and THINK!”
Hundreds of comments follow, ranging from the loony to the incensed, both from those on her side and those quick to tell her to chill. “I guess you believe the lies?” Sheehan responds to one critic. “How’s your flag doing?” Later, she just gets testy and comments simply “fuckwads,” leading us to wonder if this really is Sheehan after all; one would think she knows that she at least has the ear of the public and would act accordingly.
At Politico comes a report that Bin Laden’s death “was already fueling conspiracy theories; as the administration resisted releasing even photographs of the slain terrorist leader on Monday, a predictable haze of myth and rumor had already, inevitably, began to rise around him.”
For example, radio host Alex Jones, who Sheehan now says she shuns, had his own theory: “Government had Osama bin Laden frozen for years.” Proof, obviously, is on its way.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 2, 2011