The War on Mothers


Let us also acknowledge that the hearts which suffer the most from our wars are those of our mothers.
If you have truly experienced the eyes of a mother who has lost a child, you will look at life and loss differently. A mother wailing in pain over a dead son, daughter, or baby is a sound I personally cannot handle. I have seen this grief through the eyes of the mother of an American soldier, an Israeli mother, an Afghan mother, an Iraqi mother, a Sudanese mother, and my own mother. Nobody loses more in war THAN MOTHERS! Their vital voices have been left out of the political equation for way too long. War is a soul-shattering experience for the innocent. More souls become casualties of war than physical bodies. And what use is a body if the soul feels crushed, empty and dead?

No WAR should ever exist on this plane. It is not HUMANE. He who says otherwise, should go fight these wars. NONE of those pulling the war strings have ever even been on the front lines of a war, or lost a child in war. And those being killed in wars, are poor people who are already neglected and mistreated by their own governments. The villains that deserve to be captured in wars are not even the ones fighting them, or around when they are happening. However, mothers, children, and innocent poor people usually are.

We have to re-evaluate how we measure human life. Every time you hear of a death in the news, imagine it being someone from your own family. Someone will grieve that loss, the same way you would if you knew them. All creatures respond positively to love and light, and all creatures react negatively to hate and war. Our actions today determine tomorrow's world for our children. Will tomorrow be a greater prison, or a beautiful global garden?

In closing, war is ruthless murder. Yet it is justifiable only when a country is defending its turf from outside intruders. To convince soldiers to attack another country for no other reason than greed or strategic positioning requires creativity. And most of the time, soldiers do not really know whether they are on the side of the attackers or the defenders. This is where people misunderstand war. When you attack another country for its resources, you are the pirate. But when you protect your country from the pirates, you are the hero.

Colonialism is the mother of terrorism. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.

-- Suzy Kassem