i just read lisa williams' poignant essay at book coolie. her comment about war and septimus smith reminded me of what a friend's son said:
"mom, you need to get a passport because if i'm injured, they'll send me to germany."
he's a recent enlistment,and she's a horrified anti-war mom.
she and i, along with several others, saw the documentray "voices in wartime" last month.
it’s a wonderful film that grew from sam hamill’s site, "poets against war." the film focuses on poetic response to conflict, largely the response of soldiers serving in action, and is grounded in a very humane point of view.
here’s the website where you can read about it: http://voicesinwartime.org/VoicesInWartime/order/Order.aspx.
why don't we, the wealthiest nation on earth, guarantee health and pharmaceutic care to our residents?
why do we spend young lives on "weapons of mass destruction"?