Thursday, September 13, 2007

Food For Thought

Sorry I haven't posted in a while, things have been very busy around here. I came across this poem today and wanted to share it and perhaps provide everyone with a little food for thought.

When the American imperialists came for the Muslims,
I remained silent;
I was not a Muslim.

When they tortured innocent foreigners,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a foreigner.

When they locked up a defense attorney representing Muslims,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a defense attorney.

When they arrested a man for simply telling Dick Cheney that he disagreed with his policies,
I remained silent;
I have never spoken with the Vice President.

When they shattered a reporter's elbow for asking too many questions,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a reporter.

When they said an entertainer should be killed because she questioned 9/11,
I remained silent;
I wasn't an entertainer.

When they arrested people for insisting that the President follow the Constitution,
I did not speak out.
I wasn't there.

When they broke a minister's leg because he wanted to speak at a public event,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a minister.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Inspired by the poem by Martin Niemöller:

"When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.

When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.

When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.

When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn't a Jew.

When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out."

When I copied this poem, the links copied too. Some of the websites are admittedly far from mainstream, but I left the links as the original author had them.

1 comment:

Grandma Bettyanne said...

When the American liberals protected the Muslim Terrorists,
I remained silent;
It was not nice to single out anyone by profiling.

When Muslim Terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center and the innocent* ones within,
I remained silent;
I who knows, could it have been a conspiracy and maybe they don’t represent a lot of Muslims anyway.
*World Trade Center victims were totally innocent; however prisoners of war are just that PRISONERS OF WAR While torture must NEVER be condoned, these were not innocents, but enemy soldiers. Not deserving of torture, but not deserving of the title “innocent” …

When they ridiculed those who try to teach what the Koran really teaches Muslims about Jihad,
I remained silent;
Everyone is entitled to believe what they want to—except the conservative right, that is.

When they venerated anyone who disagreed with the President disrespectfully
I remained silent;
I respect their honesty rather than the respecting office of President.

etc. etc. etc. …

When the Terrorists came for me,
I was left defenseless;
Having abolished homeland security and encouraged anarchy over government.

BALANCE, BALANCE, BALANCE!!! Extremes to the left and right are just that…extreme!