Poetry Reading to Mark 11th Iraq War Anniversary
“The Healing Power of War Poetry”
Bangor— A poetry reading will be held to mark the 11th Anniversary of the Iraq War on Wednesday, March l9th at 12:00 noon at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor.
Veterans for Peace, Jim Harney Chapter 003, and the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine are co-sponsoring the poetry reading. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 942-9343.
“It is important for us to reflect on the enormous costs of lives and treasure for the people of Iraq and the United States,” said Ilze Petersons of the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. She says it can be hard for those not living with the consequences of that war, to face the pain. “Poetry can help us heal by acknowledging the suffering and thousands of deaths caused by this war based on lies and help us to recommit to preventing such wars in the future and re-ordering our priorities”. Petersons points out that mainstream media tend to ignore the anniversary.
In a 2013 New York Times article by Peter Baker, the (3/19/2013)headline read: “Iraq’s War Anniversary is Barely Noted in Washington.” Baker quotes a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served in Iraq is now a fellow at the Center for a New American Security in Washington:
“This is a little like the crazy uncle in the attic that nobody wants to talk about… But we need to because we put him there”.
Critics like Mr. Nagl argue that the anniversary should serve as a reminder about what he sees as the mistake of starting the war. “It would be a shame if we did not pause and think hard about this as a nation,” he said. “We paid an enormous price as a nation. The Iraqis have paid a huge price. The region is destabilized.”