Can we connect the dots?
Does the death of Osama bin Laden bring closure to mothers who lost their sons and daughters?
Did you know that our current Mother’s Day was born in the aftermath of war?
Its origin goes back to the Civil War. Mothers from the Confederacy and the Union who had lost sons reached out across the great divide, meeting to console and reconcile. Julia Ward Howe, the woman who wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” ended the Civil War as a devout pacifist. Her 1870 “Mother’s Day Proclamation” included the impassioned line: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
This year, we have the 10th anniversary of “9/11” looming and, at Mother’s Day, we have breaking news about the death of Osama bin Laden after a 10-year manhunt to kill or apprehend the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Over 3,000 people died in the attacks. In the ten years since, many thousands more were killed or wounded in the War on Terror. The number is astronomically higher when we factor in Iraqi, Afghan, and other enemy combatant and civilian casualties.
The news of bin Laden’s death brought a mix of emotions—elation, joy, pride, reflection, and sorrow. Has it brought closure to Moms, Dads, brothers, sisters, and other family and friends whose loved ones were killed or severely wounded?
It hasn’t brought closure to the mother of the first solider from Washtenaw County (Michigan) to die in the conflicts after 9/11, according to a local news report. Darcy Monier’s son, Donald, died from a roadside bomb in Iraq. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get closure,” Darcy told annArbor.com. “It’s been almost seven years since my son was killed, and our lives have changed lot in that seven years. But it doesn’t stop us from missing him every day,” she said.
Other stories in the news carry a similar theme, told by mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, and more.
Do you know someone killed or wounded as a result of “9/11”?
Does bin Laden’s death bring closure for you?
Does the timing of his death and Mother’s Day seem significant?
(Originally published at www.OurValues.org, an online experiment in civil dialogue on American values.)