Thursday, July 08, 2004

The mother of all anti-war forces

The Globe and Mail: "There is a remarkable scene in Fahrenheit 9/11 when Lila Lipscomb talks with an anti-war activist outside the White House about the death of her 26-year-old son in Iraq. A pro-war passerby doesn't like what she overhears and announces, ''This is all staged!''
Ms. Lipscomb turns to the woman, her voice shaking with rage, and says: 'My son is not a stage. He was killed in Karbala, April 2. It is not a stage. My son is dead.' Then she walks away and wails, 'I need my son.'
Watching Ms. Lipscomb doubled over in pain on the White House lawn, I was reminded of other mothers who have taken the loss of their children to the seat of power and changed the fate of wars. During Argentina's dirty war, a group of women whose children had been disappeared by the military regime gathered every Thursday in front of the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. At a time when all public protest was banned, they would walk silently in circles, wearing white headscarves and carrying photographs of their missing children."

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail


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