‘THE MOTHER OF ALL’ – HOW EVEN ‘ENEMIES’ COLLABORATE IN USE OF MISOGYNIST WAR WORDS

‘THE MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS’

(‘enemies’ who share a hatred of ‘mothers’)

[cartoon reproduction image displayed by permission of Michael Leunig]

One of Michael Leunig’s very famous cartoon images which are renown for their courageous critique of socio-political injustice(s) in Australia and throughout the world.  Here Michael Leunig responds to one of the most appalling statements to come out of any war:

‘THE MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS’ (2003)

In 1991 the ‘Overall New Word of the Year’ was ‘won’ by the term:  “Mother of All”.  This came into the language at the time of the first Iraq war – alluding to Sadam Hussein’s statement on January 17th 1991, on Baghdad State Radio that the American attack of Iraq would result in the:

‘THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES’

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In an apparently mutually agreed form of destructive and misogynist collaboration, the United States developed a weapon in 2003 with the acronym ‘MOAB’ (Massive Ordinance Air Blast’) that has become synonymous with the ‘Mother of All Bombs’ (MOAB) !!

This horrendous weapon:  has remained ‘popular’ ‘as a top US Air Force general [in 2012] described [it as] the biggest conventional warhead – the 30,000-pound bunker buster bomb – “great” for a military strike on Iran. … It is said to be the most fearsome explosive weapon among a range of massive-blast ordinance developed by the Pentagon over the past decade.’

http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-mother-of-all-bombs-a-great-weapon-to-use-on-iran-says-us-air-force-chief/29680

AND ‘NOW’ A CURRENT EXAMPLE OF THE  USE OF THIS TERRIBLE WEAPONRY WITH ITS ONGOING  HORRENDOUS AND TOTALLY INAPPROPRIATE ‘FEMINISATION’ AS AN ‘MOAB’:

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/13/politics/afghanistan-isis-moab-bomb/

My poem, ‘Languaged Lies’, shares with Michael Leunig the same disgust at the implicit hatred and denigration of women contained in the appropriation of the word ‘mother’ for the cruellest of ideas and inventions- in all these contexts.

LANGUAGED  LIES

  The mother holds– the mother loves– the mother soothes the tiniest cries

Glissando coos and ‘motherese’ enmesh- entrance -the child’s eyes

Then- the ‘Mother of all wars’ they said

??? !!!  The ‘Mother’ of all wars !!! ???

Are wars replete with love and strength

Or just ‘lullabies’ of languaged LIES

 CHORUS:

 ‘Smart’ and ‘smarter’!! – ‘brilliant bombs’ – let’s: ‘fire and forget’

‘Pacify’ – ‘waste’ and ‘neutralize’

‘Degrade’ – exterminate – ‘ATTRITE’

 ‘Precisely’ – ‘surgically rectified’ …

 The dead are smoked

The bones are ground

‘Redacted’ and ‘resolved’

And ‘collateral damaged’ we go on

With languaged lies our cage.

Della Foxglove 2014

“it appeared that many Australians fail to distinguish between January 26 and Anzac Day …” Matt Chun

Interviewing  Matt Chun, Paul Daley exposes entrenched hard right-wing views in the minds of some Australians who clearly have a ‘frozen’ and static view of what it is to be an ‘Australian’ in the 21st Century:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jan/25/australia-day-is-dickhead-day-year-long-visceral-backlash-over-chalkboard-message?CMP=share_btn_tw

Climate Change…The Elephant in the Room

Militarism ITSELF adds to the multidimensional causes of CLIMATE CHANGE as Colette O’Neill so clearly points out:

Bealtaine Cottage ~ The Oldest, Independent, Permaculture Smallholding in Ireland! Conceived, Designed, Planted and Worked by One Woman!

The conference in Paris is underway as I write this.

World leaders have gathered to discuss, debate, harangue and eventually come to some agreement…hopefully!

However, there are two aspects of any agreement, that the mainstream media will ignore, in their reporting of the biggest threat to face humankind ever!

The first one is evident to anyone living in the developed world: we have to consume less, much less and, in fact, change our entire perspective of how we live with this planet…not, as many say, on this planet!  

This means reducing consumption of consumer goods, oil,  but, more importantly, changing our diets and expectations.

We have become used to buying food from all over the world, holidaying all over the world, eating more meat than any other generation before us and living in homes where heat is supplied at the flick of a switch.

You will not hear political…

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ARMS DEALERS STOCKS RISE AFTER PARIS ATTACKS

While the world is mourning – some are ‘celebrating’ after all it is their business to sell arms, weapons and military technologies for the perpetration of war.  So should we be surprised that stocks leapt after the recent Paris attacks with the potential for expanded military engagements with reprisals:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/11/weapons-company-stock-rally-paris-attacks-isis

STOP THE DSEI ARMS FAIR – A WEEK OF ACTION IN THE UK – 7TH-12TH SEPTEMBER 2015

‘The DSEI arms fair is where arms companies showcase their weapons and make deadly deals with buyers from across the world, including those from countries with serious human rights problems. The arms fair, due to take place on 15-18 September, involves more than 1000 companies and 30,000 attendees.

We have to stop these companies profiting from conflict and repression. Join us from 7 September for a week of action in the run up to the arms fair to make it as difficult as possible for it to go ahead. Each day different groups will be organising actions highlighting the different impacts of the arms trade and repression.’

Stop the Arms Fair week of action: 7 – 12 September

‘NEW’ WARFARE IS THIS OUR FUTURE !? – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND AUTONOMOUS WEAPONS

JUST WHAT THE WORLD DOESN’T NEED:

“AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/27/musk-wozniak-hawking-ban-ai-autonomous-weapons?CMP=fb_us

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Pop-up Cinema in Glasgow Gives Alternative Message on Armed Forces Day

RESISTANCE TO RECRUITING YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE BRITISH ARMED FORCES HAS A BIG IMPACT IN SCOTLAND:

resistmilitarism.com

Resist Militarism Network and Veterans For Peace UK have collaborated today in erecting a pop-up cinema in Glasgow city centre to draw attention to a campaign to raise the British Army recruitment age from 16 to 18.

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(photo: Darren Cullen and Veterans for Peace)

The cinema screened Action Man: Battlefield Casualties, which has been viewed over 300,000 times in just 36 hours. The series of dark, satirical adverts showing three toy soldiers complete with anti-depressants, wheelchairs and body-bags has received wide praise from veterans and civilians alike, who have commented on its brutal honesty.

The Action Man film, written by artist Darren Cullen, has been released this week to counter Armed Forces Day, a marketing push by the Ministry of Defence focused on children and their parents in operation since 2009. Cullen said “Armed Forces Day is designed to capture the imagination of children, with face painting…

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