Anti-War Figurehead Articulates Latest Conspiracy Theory

COMMENTARY | One of the oddest reactions to the end of Osama Bin Laden comes from Cindy Sheehan, the sad, middle-aged woman who went around the bend due to the death of her son in battle and who had been, at one time, a darling of the anti-war movement.

Jim Geraghty reports that Sheehan has posted the following on her Facebook page:

“I am sorry, but if you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid. Just think to yourself — they paraded Saddam’s dead sons around to prove they were dead — why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of OBL at sea? This lying, murderous Empire can only exist with your brainwashed consent — just put your flags away and THINK!”

Sheehan, who was once a fixture of almost every major anti-war protest, has not been seen very much since the surge all but ended the War in Iraq. An abortive run for Nancy Pelosi’s congressional seat and the election of Barack Obama as president have not helped matters either.

But now it looks like Sheehan, who is seen by most people more as a figure to be pitied than to be angry at, might have a chance at her next 15 minutes of fame. She is among the first to articulate the most inevitable of all conspiracy theories: Osama Bin Laden is not dead at all. They just want you to think that.

First there were truthers, then the birthers, then the racers, and now the “deaders?”

The idea of Bin Laden still walking the Earth may become as prevalent as those who think Elvis is still around. Sheehan may have just found her next meal ticket.

There will likely be two versions of the “deader” conspiracy theory.

One will maintain that Bin Laden is in our hands, being waterboarded six ways from Sunday to find out what he knows. He is being reported as dead so that no one will find out that his civil rights are being violated.

The other variant will have Bin Laden still at liberty, though perhaps no longer in charge of Al Qaeda. He will no doubt be spotted at the nearby convenience store selling beer and cigarettes and shooting the breeze with customers about the baseball game in a heavily accented English. A version of this will have him making a deal with the U.S. government and entering witness protection. That couple moving in across the street could be Bin Laden and the wife he selected to be his legal spouse. Probably not the one he used as a human shield. Women tend not to forgive that sort of thing.

Source: Cindy Sheehan: ‘ËœIf you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid.’, Jim Geraghty, National Review, May 2, 2011