- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 28, 2005

From combined dispatches

CRAWFORD, Texas — Several thousand people descended on President Bush’s adopted hometown yesterday, most of them in a cross-country caravan for a pro-Bush rally and others to support an anti-war demonstration led by Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq.

Mr. Bush’s supporters gathered for an event marking the culmination of the “You don’t speak for me, Cindy” tour, which started last week in California. The crowd of about 1,500 chanted, “Cindy, go home!”

“You are giving hope and encouragement to the enemies of America,” said former California Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, a Republican who co-founded the group that coordinated the rally.

Many at the rally compared Mrs. Sheehan to actress Jane Fonda, whose visit to a North Vietnamese gun site in 1972 earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”



“Cindy-Hanoi Jane,” read one of the signs at the rally.

In one heated moment, members of the pro-Bush crowd turned on what they mistook for a group of anti-war protesters, cursing at them, threatening them and tearing down their signs. A police officer rushed the group to safety.

Meanwhile, busloads of war protesters gathered several miles away at “Camp Casey,” named for Mrs. Sheehan’s 24-year-old son.

A bell-ringing ceremony at the camp honored soldiers serving in Iraq. Organizers estimated the crowd at more than 2,000, but it appeared smaller.

“I know that the Camp Casey movement is going to end the war in Iraq,” Mrs. Sheehan said after folk singer Joan Baez led supporters in singing “Amazing Grace.”

“How many more [troops] are you willing to sacrifice before you say enough is enough?” Mrs. Sheehan asked, followed by chants of “Not one more.”

She plans to join a three-week bus tour starting late next week to press her message with lawmakers.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Bush used his weekly radio address to warn Americans to brace for additional sacrifice in Iraq.

“Our efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East will require more time, more sacrifice and continued resolve,” he said.

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