Arguments Against the Bombing
consider the infinite fragility
of an infants skull
consider a delicate porcelain
consider that beneath the din
consider your own sky on fire
consider the faces you do not
how in these words
Lisa Suhair Majaj.
First published in Al Jadid, Winter 1998.
Illustration by Emily Johns
consider: think about
fragility (n); fragile (adj): something that breaks very easily
porcelain: fine, high- quality china, very thin
din: a lot of loud, unpleasant noises
collateral damage: ordinary people who are killed in war.
['Collateral damage' is a phrase used by the military so that we don't think about the fact that military action kills innocent people. 'Collateral' means: connected to the main point, but not the focus.]
issue 316 - September 1999
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