Dept of Peace

Notes Toward a Dept of Peace

I started this blog back in 2003, after the American public was informed that we would be occupying Afghanistan to rout out the Taliban (who’d given safe harbor to Osama bin Laden, perpetrator of the terrorist attacks on the U.S.–remember bin Laden?). During that time, the run-up to the war in Iraq gained a dreaded inevitability in the face of massive domestic and global protest, with weak public debate in opposition to this plan.

It was not america’s finest moment in the aftermath of our tragedy. Some of us felt it then, most of us see it now: a lot of blood shed and dollars spent…in the name of what? Exactly what’s been achieved?

2003 was the year I got pregnant and had a baby.

I wanted my son to know what kind of post-9/11 world he was to live in, and I wanted to leave him a record of my righteous anger, outrage, and despair. If anything, I hope my fury at the way the war was (is being) prosecuted is what galvanizes me (and maybe other parents of post-9/11 babies, among others) to make this world a liveable one, a beautiful and peaceful one, again. Or at least a lot less screwed up than how it was when he first came into the world.

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