Sunday, May 08, 2005

[random] Happy International Mother's Day of Peace

If only, right? Well, that was the intention of Julia Ward-Beecher when she came up with the idea for Mother's Day. The first modern wars occured in the 1860s and 1870s - the American Civil War, the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War: trench warfare, machine guns, full-fledged bombardment of civilians as strategy, wholesale devastation of cities as a matter of policy, concentration camps. Too bad no one paid attention. At any rate, horrified at the brutal price borne by women during wartime, Ward-Beecher proposed an international observation of the stupidity and brutality of war: an International Mother's Day of Peace. In that spirit: Happy Mother's Day.

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