Not putting their money where their mouths are...


Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a solider who died in Iraq, has made a name for herself picketing Bush when he was on holiday. Her anti-war campaigning has resulted in the right protesting her. Her response is simple: "If you're here to support the war in Iraq then I think you should join it. I hear recruitment numbers are low."

Her suggestion that military recruiters sign up young counter-demonstrators has not been successful as they expect others to fight their wars for them. They also expect others to pay for it, too.

The Bush Junta recently organised a charity fundraising effort to solicit donations from war supporters for "a further stake in building a free and prosperous Iraq," with scant success. The extraordinary appeal for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq raised only $600 (£337). This is the first time the US government has appealed to taxpayers to privately contribute foreign aid money and, looking at the response, probably the last.

So not only are the pro-war crowd unwilling to fight the wars they want, they are unwilling to put cash towards them.


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