What if mourning on 9/11 included empathy with wars’ victims?

When will Americans regain our collective capacity for empathy? How many Americans honoring the dead of 9/11/2001 do not see the families of the millions of dead in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya? 9/11 does not exist as an attack separate from the US vengeance in response to that attack. It cannot be disconnected from the 1.3 million Iraqi dead from a U.S. war of revenge against a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack against the U.S. Who cares about the one million war widows in Iraq from three decades of war there? Why do they not have an international day of mourning for their losses at the hands of the US? If you have not already, watch “Beyond Belief,” (netflix), the story of two New York widows from the 9/11 attack who began to imagine what life was like for Afghan widows. And then they did something about it. Empathy took them beyond their own suffering.

About Kathleen Barry

I am a feminist activist, author of five books including Female Sexual Slavery which launched an international movement against trafficking in human beings and a sociologist and Professor Emerita. My latest book Unmaking War, Remaking Men has prompted this blog.
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2 Responses to What if mourning on 9/11 included empathy with wars’ victims?

  1. Lisa MB says:

    Thank you for this, Kathleen.

    I loved the doc”Beyond Belief” and your readers can also watch it online at LinkTV.org.
    http://www.linktv.org/programs/beyond-belief

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