Although the intent of this blog is the unfolding of a personal and artistic spiritual journey, I've been encouraged by some of the Hand to Hand collaborative artists to make an exception, and write today about the killing of Osama Bin Laden early this morning. Hand to Hand which ended last August, was a daily witnessing of the events of the War in Iraq using gloves or hands in any artistic media in response to that war's daily news events. The approximately 200 national and international artists and I followed the war day by day for 7-1/2 years.
I understand the connection between Al-Quaeda in Iraq and the Hand to Hand Project, but I did not at first see the need to respond to Bin Laden's death as a natural consequence of my following the War in Iraq. The Bush administration tried to link Saddam Hussein with Bin Laden and 9-11 to justify invading Iraq, but that theory was later debunked by the 9-11 commission.
On June 17, 2004 I created a glove artwork in response to the headline in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the Commission's finding of no evidence of a link. The only other time I responded to a news story about Bin Laden during the H2H Project was on January 20, 2006 when Bin Laden issued a video suggesting a truce and also attacks.
While following the Iraq War for so many years, I was continually disgusted by the brutalities we humans inflict upon each other in the name of ideals such as religion, and democracy, or base motives like anger and revenge. I am saddened that the USA felt it necessary to kill Osama Bin Laden, and not take him prisoner to face legal justice. The wheel turns and we perpetuate hatred in response to hatred.