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09 May

Moms Speak Out – End This Occupation

Children are the biggest victims of the war in Afghanistan, with 1,050 people under the age of 18 killed in 2009.  Lynne O’Donnell (AFP), The Age, January 7, 2010

US deploys 1000 drones in Afghanistan. Press TV, May 6, 2010

THE MOTHERS OF AFGHANISTAN

On this Mother’s Day, I think of the mothers of Afghanistan

Venturing out in the soft, waning hours of the afternoon

To the market for food for their children,

And bringing home the sights, smells, and fears of the assault on their homeland.

On this Mother’s Day, I think of the mothers of Afghanistan,

Cringing with fright as they hear our President arrogantly boast

To American troops waging war in their country,

“The United States of America does not quit once it starts something.”

On this Mother’s Day, I think of the mothers of Afghanistan,

Covering the broken and bloody arms

And legs and heads of their wounded children

With their blue veils of subjugation and sorrow.

On this Mother’s Day, I think of the mothers of Afghanistan,

Wailing and weeping over their lost, dead children,

And I weep with them and beg their forgiveness for the night raids,

The bombings, the drones, the misguided misery we have brought them.

On this Mother’s Day, I think of the mothers of Afghanistan,

Just as on Mother’s Days past I have thought of the mothers of Iraq,

And I ask the people of America, when will we

Leave behind our arrogance of manifest destiny and privilege and

Stop killing innocent children, mothers, and fathers of the world

Mary O’Leary McGlinn

Mother’s Day, 2010

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Moms Speak Out: End This Brutal War

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