The line in the sand

I don’t usually use this blog to air political matters, but this morning I woke to something which I regard as the ‘line in the sand’. The early news carried film of Mexican children, wrapped in survival blankets, lying in wire cages – on American soil. The audio tape of their heartbreaking tears could not fail to call a mother to action.

In the 20th century, our parents (or grandparents) failed to rise up against the horrors unfolding in Nazi Germany. Our generation has often been mystified at their lack of action or protest. I can recall my own mother saying ‘We didn’t know – we just didn’t know’. Maybe, in her part of the country, folk didn’t know – and even if they had, would they have had the tools to protest, to make their revulsion known?

I don’t intend to judge another generation – but I can speak for this one. We cannot turn a blind eye to such wrong-doing by what has hitherto been regarded as a leading Democratic Country. If the mighty USA is not called to stop and think again, then the entire world is in peril.

Already, there are American voices crying out against this monstrous iniquity. I know that the footfall on this page reaches across the world – and it is across the world that we need to call out the USA government for the slippery path upon which they have wandered.

There are equally dreadful situations world-wide, I know. Day by day, week by week, we feel pulled one way or another as our hearts are moved and our minds confront horrific regimes wreaking violence upon the weak and vulnerable. I do not suggest that they are any less worth our prayers or our protest. However, the USA has historically been a flagship of democracy – flawed, as all human endeavour is flawed, but still, supposedly, one of the ‘good guys’. People the world over now see actions which carry shocking echoes of the cold carrying out of orders to ‘separate’ and ‘deal with’ the ‘outcasts’, the ‘un-chosen’, the ‘different’, the ‘animals’ (ring a bell?) and the ‘dispensable’ of Nazi Germany – and of Apartheid South Africa – and of…

If we (especially mothers and fathers) and all who have respect for human life and the rights of the poor, join together and add our voices in support of the dissenting voices in the USA, we may achieve what our 20th century forebears failed to do – and bring an immediate end to the horrors of family separation on the Mexican border.

I am not a political campaigner. I do not show up at protests. I work (mostly) behind the scenes to promote what I believe to be right and true and good. BUT, this is my ‘line in the sand’.

Is it yours?

If the USA government is permitted to get away with this, it sends a powerful message to all despots – ‘you don’t need to worry – do what you like – no-one really cares’.

Can you allow this to happen on your watch?

About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset - but have had to leave the countryside at a little distance, having moved into town.
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