Bush says Bring 'Em On, but we say BRING THEM HOME NOW


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Charlie Jackson, Texans for Peace

a photo from my previous trips to Iraq

 

Peace on the Tigris by Charlie Jackson

photo by Joel Preston Smith

 

 

On a cold January 16, 2003 I was in Baghdad when an invitation came from a nearby school to attend their "peace day" event.

I was in Iraq representing Texans for Peace and Christian Peacemaker Teams, two of the many groups that were trying to head off the war that would eventually only two months later.

Along with members of the Voices in the Wilderness and the Iraq Peace Team, we got into various taxis and headed uptown to a place on the Tigris where the students were going to light peace lanterns to sail down the river.

 

 

During the past weeks students at this school had been learning about the history of Japan, the story of Sadako Sasaki and the cranes for peace, and they had made Japanese lanterns to float down the Tigris.

The students arrived on 2 buses, along with their teachers and, after laying out the lanterns in a large peace sign, sang some of their school songs. There were a number of international journalists there interviewing the students and teachers and at least 10 peace organizations from around the world.

 

 

It was beginning to get dark and the students were getting cold by the time the lighting finally started. We adults began lighting the candles as the students came up one by one. A stiff breeze made it difficult but the laterns were well constructed and once lit shined brightly in the twilight.

 

 

One by one the students took lanterns and proceeded down to the river to a place where the weeds had been cleared.

Gently each student put his and her lanterns into the water and together we watched them glide away gracefully amid the swirls and eddies of the Tigris.

When we asked the students and teachers what they most wished for their answer was often "peace with Americans". Some of the students gave us hand-drawn pictures that they wanted us to share with students back in the U.S. While the boys often had fast cars or airplane with bombs, many of the girl's pictures were filled with hearts, rainbows and "love" ... not much different than what students here would draw.

photo by Joel Preston Smith

 

 

We said "goodbye" to the students and got back in our taxis for the ride to our hotels. We wondered, could the U.S. really launch an invasion on a place with so much hope? Isn't there something better that can be done for the children of Iraq who are already being taught lessons of peace along the Tigris?. posted 10 November 2004

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