This is something different to the poetry I normally post. I’ve been touched by the fact that the UK parliament did not back Cameron regarding military involvement in Syria. As someone who’s grown up with 9/11, the Iraq invasion and 7/7, I believe I have some understanding of what war is, and why invasion should not be an option, and why the parliament did not back Cameron. This is an open letter to President Obama. I would appreciate if you could share it.
An open letter to President Obama
I am 19 years old.
Two of my first memories;
One: turning on the TV at eight years old and seeing New Yorkers pulling their brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers out of the rubble. I didn’t understand anything about God, or why there was supposedly two of them.I didn’t understand who had flown those planes into the twin towers or why. I didn’t understand why the media was hounding men with brown skin who were supposedly murders, when I could see men with brown skin being pulled from the rubble. What I did understand, was that it was stupid.
America and the UK launched a war for ‘revenge’ on Iraq, so violence bred violence. But then obviously that meant we would be attacked in return. I didn’t understand why rational adults couldn’t understand this when an eight year old could.
My second memory; my mum not coming home on the day of 7/7. I waited all evening, watching the image of the broken bus on the TV and tasting the hysteria and loss in the air. Eventually she came home, and I understood I was lucky; there were still children in New York and Iraq who were still waiting for their mothers to come home.
War isn’t the profit figures on a page; war is children still waiting for their mothers to come home. Their fathers. Children not being able to move in their yard filled with American flags for the dead. Children not being able to move in Iraq for fear. We are not stupid, we know that war isn’t what the media tries to tell us it is, we know that the UK and American are the only weapons of mass destruction we should fear. Enough families have pulled their love ones out of the ground only to put them back in. Enough is enough. We will not let you get away with it again. If you want a war, we will protest, we’ll give you one.