Thursday, August 31, 2006

We're here today, you die tomorrow. A little token for remembrance.

The targets are the children, of course.

The initial blasts may be for whoever is in the vicinity of the dropped bombs, but the little unexploded, sometimes brightly colored bomblets, that mimic food packages? Or are dropped 72 hours before a planned cease-fire?? Those are for the children, so that they can keep dying or being maimed long after a war is over.

Who else runs heedlessly across the grass, looking over their shoulder at the kite they are propelling, laughing and leaping with joy until the moment they seem to leap higher than ever, only to come down in pieces. What others, no matter how many times you warn them, reach out their small hands to investigate what is this new thing in their now very short world.

Remember me, the wee bomblets are saying, sending a message from a people to a people long after their representatives are gone. Remember what I can do to you - my power is such that I can snatch your children from you anywhere. Your garden, their playgrounds, their schools, the road to the market, any little place at all - that's the beauty of it. And it can all be done while we are sitting at home in our easy chairs, watching our own children play outside in the pool, having nothing to remember.

Remember that you can't do anything at all about it... except bury your dead. You can rage and cry and shake your fist, talk about morality and mercy, about proportionality and accountability, about justice and non-combatants - but no law will touch me, because I am within the law. In fact, I am the law - my power deems it so. If I want to space out the killing of you for two days, two weeks or two decades, the law has said it is perfectly okay. A child, a stranger, a grandmother, a groundskeeper - a leg, a hand, an eye or a life, it's all in memory of me.

Remember what I can do to you - my power is such that, with nary a footstep set on your patch of earth, I can dig your grave and put you or your children in it in the same blink of time, and never break a sweat.

Remember me as you lead the blind, steady the halt, bind the wounds of the maimed and feed the motherless with the milk of despair.

Remember me from generation to generation, our little giftlets demand...

...yet we are always so surprised when they do.


Blogger Arcturus said...


9/01/2006 1:00 am  
Blogger Sandra White said...

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9/01/2006 12:32 pm  
Blogger Nanette said...

Sigh, always the phentermine or whatever that is spam, on my post. Are they trying to tell me something!?

9/01/2006 5:52 pm  
Blogger Arcturus said...

The clusterlets are even more insidious than landmines, which are at least theoretically map-able in many instances.

I'm trying to tell ya something though: this was a great little piece of writing!

9/01/2006 5:59 pm  
Blogger Nanette said...

Thanks, Arcturus!

And yes, I think they are more insidious too, because they are so small and mobile that they can hide in a small place for years, until someone finally tries to pick one up.

So many different lovely ways of killing people we have.

9/01/2006 8:12 pm  
Blogger dove said...

Yes. Not much more to say really At this point it's fairly obvious that this is an integral, intentional design feature of these particular obscenities.

Re. spam
It happens on mine too Nanette -- you're not alone. OT just wanted to say I've been in completely written out mode this last week or so -- still am really. I'm hoping things will come right in the next week and I'll stop being in staring blankly at the screen mode.

9/01/2006 11:03 pm  
Blogger Nanette said...

dove, I go through my moments... well, my days and weeks, sometimes, where even writing a comment seems almost impossible... don't worry about it, you'll recover soon.

And if not, there is always the last quiver in the bunch... The Petition!

9/02/2006 12:26 am  
Blogger Arcturus said...

una mas:

I have some small empathy for those who would say that calling out Israel i sunfair. Almost no one is pointing out that they have been a regular feature in the US arsenal ever since prez Billyboy & Wesley Clark dropped 'em all over Yugoslavia. I also don't know which is worse -- kids dieing from touching the kewl-looking toy in the field, or the legacy many of them will live with as the result of the longterm exposures to Depleted uranium in their countries. Southern Iraq was already suffering severely from this slow-acting WMD before the current US invasion.

9/02/2006 8:21 pm  
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