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Hope of Healing for Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi Mother by Alice Walker

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When the US invaded Iraq in 2003 Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother of three, lost her home and her property, and was forced to flee to Jordan. 

A decade later, Saleh is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against six key members of the Bush administration. They're arguing that, since the war was not conducted in self-defense, and did not have the appropriate authorization by the United Nations, it constituted a "crime of aggression" under international law.

On August 20th the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in the case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law. We can't accept this. We demand that these war criminals come forward and hold themselves accountable for the tragic consequences that the war had for Saleh's family and countless other Iraqi civilians.

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Hope of Healing

for Sundus Shaker Saleh, Iraqi Mother, with my love.

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©  2013 by Alice Walker

 

In our despair that justice is slow

we sit with heads bowed

 

 wondering

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how

even whether

 we will ever be healed.

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