Rev Dr Jude

CODE PINK Women Cross the Line by Medea Benjamin and Rae Abileah 2012
July 11, 2014, 1:44 pm
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“Don’t go to Pakistan,” all our relatives said.
“They hate Americans; they hate women; they are so violent.”
We went anyway. We did find violence-
violence of the Taliban, violence against women, and violence of our drones.
We went to apologize for U.S. killer drone attacks.

We found sisterhood, open arms, appreciation and much wisdom.

“You can’t stop the Taliban, that’s our job,”
the Pakistani women told us.
“But you can stop your own government’s remote-controlled,
high-tech, sophisticated killer drones that feed the cycle of violence.”

We held hands and said, in English and Urdu,
“We will not raise our children to kill other women’s children.”*
We returned home invigorated, educated, reinforced,
and deeply committed to our Pakistani sisters-
to our work for peace and justice.

This is how to plant the seed of reconciliation.
We cross borders. We push past our fear.
We shed tears together.
And we refuse to be enemies.

*Inspired by Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870.
copied from WE’MOON 2014