Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The Poison of Deep Grief

Police Remove Sheehan From Bush Speech

I think we've all seen this story. Argue all you like about legality of such a move, or suppression of free speech, or need to regulate decorum in a government facility - all those are less important to me than watching the descent into madness of a mother torn apart by grief for a son killed in combat. And more sickening is how her grief is being taken exploited and applauded by her "supporters".

More evidence is when she did this last week:

Chávez hosts peace activist Cindy Sheehan

Sheehan praised Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and agreed with singer Harry Belafonte that Bush is `the greatest terrorist in the world.'

"O, this is the poison of deep grief;
When sorrows come, they come not single spies, But in battalions.

-- King Claudius (Hamlet, Act IV, scene v)"

“Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not”

-- Xenephon, Greek Historian

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