U.S. peace activist Cindy Sheehan pressed Egypt on Wednesday to free members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood who are on trial in a military court, urging leniency for the sake of their families.
Egypt sent 40 members of the Brotherhood including its No. 3, Khairat el-Shater, to a military court a year ago. The men, six of whom are being tried in absentia, are the first Brotherhood members to face military trials since 2001.
I have been fairly easy on Cindy, when others have not been. She lost a son, I know she has grieved. I cannot imagine how she must feel, nor do I want to. I've tried my best to put myself in her place.
I fully understand that grief, when not dealt with appropriately, can cause some terrible psychological side effects. Sometimes a person will do some things they otherwise, wouldn't do. For this reason, I have given her a pass on the stupid things she says and does.
But something has to give here.
People have a perfect right be anti-war. They have the right to want the troops home now. But there has to be a limit on a private citizen, getting involved in foreign affairs, especially when the sensitive subject of political extremism is involved. It's one thing to visit Hugo Chavez and denigrate her country, it's quite another to protest for an extremist group against a foreign government, on that foreign government's soil.
Maybe it's time to get the AG involved to see if she has broken any laws and do an intervention. If not, she's going to push the limits too far sometime, and really regret it later.