Not Speaking Out

Given the abject failures by the international community, including the UN, to create international peace, perhaps it’s time to update the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller before the peoples of Syria, Iran and others are added to the litany of eminently avoidable catastrophes ...

Genocide happened in Cambodia, Bosnia, and Rwanda. And we didn’t speak out because we were neither Khmer, Bosniac nor Tutsi.

The USA attacked Vietnam and we didn’t speak out because we weren’t Vietnamese and the Americans were our friends.

Then the USSR attacked Afghanistan, and we didn’t speak out because we weren’t Afghan.

Then NATO waged war on Serbia, and we didn’t speak out because we weren’t Serb.

Then the USA attacked Afghanistan, and we didn’t speak out because we still weren’t Afghan.

Then they attacked Iraq, and we didn’t speak out because we weren’t Iraqi, and the Americans were our friends.

They freed so many peoples by killing them – and the deserts they created they called democracy.

Thousands of Palestinians were killed, but the Palestinians are a non-people, aren’t they?

War is no longer hell, because we now have swarms of drones with Hellfire Missiles. What does it matter, sure, they’ll never come for me and mine, will they?

We have their solemn assurances, don’t we?

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