Conviction by Mitra Lore
Mixed Media on Steel, 46″ x 48″
“This art piece reminds us of the legacy we are leaving behind for our children, their children and the generations to follow! From the crimes we commit in the name of God to our never-ending greed for dominance, power and possessions.
Dedicated to people who support nations’ solving their conflicts through non-violent means.”
“… I’ve been on the streets of Baghdad during this occupational war, outside the Green Zone, without security, and you haven’t … In that country of 25 million, these children have now suffered minimally, a rainstorm of civilian death around and among them totaling the equivalent of two hundred September 11ths in just four years of war.
Two hundred 9/11s. Two hundred 9/11s.
You want to rattle sabers toward Iranread morenow? Let me tell you something about Iran, because I’ve been there and you haven’t. Iran is a great country. A great country. Does it have its haters? You bet. Just like the United States has its haters. Does it have a corrupt regime? You bet. Just like the United States has a corrupt regime. Does it want a nuclear weapon? Maybe. Do we have one? You bet. But the people of Iran are great people. And if we give that corrupt leadership, (by attacking Iran militarily) the opportunity to unify that great country in hatred against us, we’ll have been giving up one of our most promising future allies in decades. If you really know anything about Iran, you know exactly what I’m referring to …”
“I’m worried these days. You are too. These days we’re all too worried and distracted to focus on our daily affairs.
I’m only a simple florist without the means to weather the hardships of war. I haven’t forgotten my childhood spent in ‘potato years’ – my word for the 80’s. I can’t bear the loss of my friends and countrymen. I am against the war. I don’t want a heavy conscious when I die.
“What do we do if there’s war?” That’s not important now. What is important now is not to let it happen. We shouldn’t just stand by and wait for it and then have to defend the homeland and… at the expense of future generations. War should not happen.
The destruction brought by Saddam on behalf of the World on us is enough for another century. We shouldn’t have a few heads of state unite to destroy what is left of Iran.
The true power in the world is Public Opinion. It must be led towards “NO WAR!” That is, the “NO WAR!” banner must be spread wherever possible.
The world leaders must learn to solve their problems without harming people. If they can’t do that they must simply disappear.
I thought this does not need further elaboration. No websites, platforms or speeches are needed. I think this simple phrase is enough. I do not want war. “NO WAR!” I will tell this in my weblog and to anyone I meet. “NO WAR!”
The logo is simple and brusque. Yellow conveys horrid feelings. As horrid as war. It fully expresses the appalling sense. If you like these logos put them in your weblogs and sites. No need for a link. This single phrase will do: “NO WAR!””
Here, the original text in Persian
Update: Persian Petition
Update 2: 99 writing in Persian 🙂