From the Washington Post
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cindy Sheehan, the military mother who made her son’s death in Iraq a rallying point for the anti-war movement, plans to tie herself to the White House fence to protest the milestone of 2,000 U.S. military deaths in Iraq.
“I’m going to go to Washington, D.C. and I’m going to give a speech at the White House, and after I do, I’m going to tie myself to the fence and refuse to leave until they agree to bring our troops home,” Sheehan said in a telephone interview last week as the milestone approached.
The death toll among U.S. military forces since the March 2003 invasion stood at 1,996 on Sunday.
Beyond Sheehan’s plans, a candlelight vigil is planned at the White House to mourn the 2,000-death milestone. Hundreds of other demonstrations are scheduled for the day after the milestone number is reached.
The American Friends Service Committee was helping coordinate activists to protest the Iraq war.
“On the day after the 2,000th reported U.S. military death in Iraq, people will gather in communities across the U.S. to say that the countries pro-peace majority wants Congress to stop the deaths by stopping the dollars that are funding the war,” a coalition of anti-war groups said online at www.afsc.org.
“The clock has stopped ticking for 2,000 Americans in Iraq, and once again there is a media craze, another reason for people to pay closer attention to the human cost of a lie, but for how long this time?” said Camilo Mejia, an Iraq combat veteran who served a year in prison for refusing to return to the war in Iraq.
Yes, these folks are wanting more Americans to be killed, so that they can ramp up their demonstrations. Indeed, from their standpoint, but more American deaths the better. It would be dandy, in their view, if 3,000 deaths came soon.