Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Graffiti Combats Conflict

SOMEONE PAINTED a Stop War sign on the sidewalk that I happened to step on one day. I took its picture because it was a rare piece of graffiti that I could appreciate. Perhaps they left their mark (however small) to combat apathy over chronic global conditions of war.

On Remembrance Day we respect and appreciate anew the military and their families who sacrificed and still sacrifice for those who do not take such risks. However, may we also remember not to glamorize war or ever forget its destructive consequences, particularly to children of both friend and foe.

The Stop War statement is a minor resistance movement against the tragic fact that mankind has not yet learned how to solve its most vexing conflicts peacefully. The graffiti on the sidewalk was a reminder that had lasting impact on me, even though the West Coast rain soon washed the sign away leaving no trace it had ever existed.

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  1. I like to think of Canadian soldiers as peacekeepers so hope we find our way back there again.

  2. Yes, it is very sad to know Canadian soldiers are in Afghanistan as combatants instead of peacekeepers. Every time I see the death of a Canadian boy reported in the news, I have tears in my eyes. I've tried not to cry, but the tears still come.


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