AvatarWar is a terrible thing — but the subject keeps rising in my consciousness.  There is the unsteady state of international affairs, my frightening memory as a young bride during the Vietnam War, and even the political comment of a strange UK artist named Bansky in the way he has decorated his West Bank Hotel, in the midst of continuing conflict.  All these images swirl in my mind.

I know that war has been with us as long as people have existed, but I still hold on to the hope that humans will become wise and prudent if not kind and cooperative.  After all, we pay for war through human lives, and that is too high a price.

A memory flooded back from the 1960s, during the Vietnam War.  I was a young wife and mom; my husband was a mechanic with the Naval Reserve.  I was driving when the announcement blared over the car radio that his Jet Pilot squadron was being activated along with their support team.  I pulled over to the side of the road and sobbed, convinced my husband would die.

Every time there is a war, young men and women lose their lives in combat. Unfortunately the decision for war is made by leaders whose families are not at risk.  I shudder every time leaders – mostly men – rattle their sabers, and when there are irresponsible, erratic leaders here at home or abroad, the possibilities of destruction is immeasurable.

A few months ago the NYT printed an article about UK artist Bansky who opened The Walled Off Hotel on the West Bank of Israel.  The very location, the name, of the hotel, even some of the art caricatures and criticizes war.   Take a look at the portrait in one room of an Israeli and a Palestinian having a pillow fight over a bed.  War is not a game, the artist shouts; it is real and deadly.                            

The Bansky Room

— Jonnie Martin

About jonnietootling

It seems forever that I have seen myself as a writer, enamored of life and great literature. I have been a journalist, a blogger, a published novelist; hold both a Bachelor's and Master's in literature and creative writing. Now in my 70's I am blogging here about existence, philosophy, art, literature, people of every stripe, finding our way through life, and growing old with panache.
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1 Response to THE BANSKY ROOM

  1. Betty Sue Morris says:

    I’m feeling the same way. Right now Trump, Putin and Kim Jong-un are like gorillas beating their chests to try to scare the other one away. What a world this has become!


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