And this.


I wrote this on Facebook last night:

I just feel so much…everything…for Paris. And Lebanon. I’m suddenly reeling from intense flashbacks to September 11, 2001 here in New York…the chaos, the incomprehensible scale of the tragedy, the pain, the fear, the rage, the quiet streets, the dirty air, and later the sounds of bagpipes on Fifth Avenue at all of those police and firefighter funerals, so many funerals, and then the horrors unleashed by my government in the aftermath. All I can do is send out my love and solidarity for everyone in the midst of these tragedies, and hope for healing and recovery and wisdom. ‪#‎brokenhearted‬

Even so many years later, the old wounds can suddenly feel fresh.

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About Iris Vander Pluym

Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

3 thoughts on “And this.

  1. I think your post expresses what all of your loyal readers are feeling now and what creates the commonality and solidarity is that these terroristic acts against innocent people happen all over the world which open old wounds. The “nice gestures” such as lighting buildings all across the world in the colors of the French flag which realistically do nothing – but what they do is just say “hey, we get it and in a small way, we’re here”

  2. Tragic. despicable. But like most things the cause of the problem is not at the site where the problem is currently being manifest. Try the names, Bush, Cheney and Rumsfield. Once again, the fruits of shameful, dishonest, incompetent and wantonly destructive USA foreign policy comes back to bite the bum of the Western world. Every US Secretary of State since 9/11 shares the responsibility for what’s going on in the Middle East. Ants nests are best left undisturbed.

    • I’m no fan of Bush, Rumsfield or Cheney, but to understand the problems in the Middle East we need to go back 100 years to the defeat of the Ottoman Empire. England and France, with a secret side agreement with Russia partitioned the area into separate countries, creating arbitrary borders with no thought of the various tribes and people living in those newly created “countries” Basically England and France took control of most of the area, Russia just wanted to have behind the scenes control of Turkey. And the reason for this? An equal distribution of the oil.

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