A loaded gun won’t set you free: Anti-Iraq War art now
A little over a month ago, President Obama declared a supposed end to the war in Iraq.
It’s not my style to get political. However, I feel a responsibility as a blogger and as someone of my generation to speak out against the wars our country is imposing on others.
I’m not going to go into a lot of political detail. I’d rather let the above selection of artwork do the talking. All of the above art was made in recent years during the Iraq war and the fighting in Afghanistan. You can find even more art and submit your own to Anti-war.us (a free anti-war image database) if you click here.
My favorite of the above pieces is the George Bush’s face made up of smaller faces of Iraqi soldiers. It is reminiscent of Chuck Close and is incredibly powerful. It really is a “face of war”. What’s your favorite piece? Or know of anti-war art to share? Tell me about it in the comment section.
Many of these artists are people just like you. They are relatively unknown, but were given the opportunity to use thier talent to speak out on the sit and did. I wish I could give you more detail about each artist, but some of them are even signed as Anonymous (which says a lot about the nature of this war and the media). Here is a much more famous Shepard Fairey piece:
It’s no secret that the mainstream media has given protest and anti-war sentiment almost zero coverage during the two most recent administrations. The internet is an uncensored forum where we can try to speak out. No media conglomerates and special interest groups here.
Just because the war in Iraq has officially ended does not mean the United States will be leaving Iraq or Afghanistan. This declaration does not mean the work of the anti-war protester is over. Let’s get our friends, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters out of those countries and safe back home. Furthermore, let’s not add Pakistan to the list of countries the U.S. has torn apart.
Seriously, give peace a chance, folks.
In memory of John Lennon (who recently would have celebrated his 70th birthday) remember that War is Over (If You Want It):
(Post title= lyrics from Joy Division’s “New Dawn Fades”)