Monday, December 20, 2010

Bitter Memories of War on the Way to Jail

One hundred and thirty-one demonstrators, Chris Hedges among them, were arrested in front of the White House last Thursday.
Posted on Dec 20, 2010
By Chris Hedges

The speeches were over. There was a mournful harmonica rendition of taps. The 500 protesters in Lafayette Park in front of the White House fell silent. One hundred and thirty-one men and women, many of them military veterans wearing old fatigues, formed a single, silent line. Under a heavy snowfall and to the slow beat of a drum, they walked to the White House fence. They stood there until they were arrested.
The solemnity of that funerary march, the hush, was the hardest and most moving part of Thursday’s protest against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It unwound the bitter memories and images of war I keep wrapped in the thick cotton wool of forgetfulness.
Read this powerful article by Chris Hedges

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