Anti-War Haiku Wall
Ten years ago, sanctions were
placed by the UN on the people of Iraq and enforced by the U.S. and Great
Britain. Humanitarian supplies such as food and medicine are now allowed
to cross over the border. Neither are the supplies needed to maintain
a healthy water system. The economic isolation (embargo) has contributed
to more deaths in Iraq
than the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan during
World War II combined.
in her arms, a child
gasping for breath
a prisoner's arms and legs---
moon at half mass
The horrors of war! I've seen it in Vietnam. It is happening today in
Israel. Young men and women sent to fight a battle orchestrated by rich
industrialists and corrupt politicians. What they see and experience changes
them forever. Often for the worse. Palestinians killing innocent people
in the name of God. Israeli soldiers breaking the limbs of prisoners,
blowing up public buildings in the name of God. No one listens. The stench
of hatred permeating a land claimed to be holy by three of the world's
major religions. Who is the winner? Who is the loser?
An Israeli soldier transformed into a faceless mass
of flesh in an instant by a mortar shell. A friend and fellow soldier
holding the dead man in his arms.
A Palestinian ambulance driver watching a mother
die during childbirth because the mother was not allowed entry into a
hospital due to her nationality.
Anger and rage take the place of patriotism and love
Political leaders from both sides....terrorists and
murderers protecting their agendas and interests. Living in comfort. Sheltered
from battle. Their sons and daughters sent away to posh schools....far
removed from the war they have the masses fight for them. In the name