Tuesday, November 24, 2015

THE REAL TERRORISTS (weekly poem)

THE REAL TERRORISTS

Most terrorists are amateurs,
Compared with rulers of the State;
Those purblind deaf-dumb connoisseurs,
At sending thousands to their fate.
The use of drones and missiles means,
Such ‘statesmen’ hide behind closed doors;
And never see the killing scenes,
Of innocents on foreign shores.

Thus when the ‘Free’ West interferes,
In the affairs of the near East;
As it has done for many years,
It incubates the terror beast.
As raining bombs on foreign lands,  
Enlists new terrorist recruits;
Who join-up with Jihadist bands,
And train to be revengeful brutes.

When Blair and Bush took us to war, (1)
Surveillance chiefs warned this attack;
Was a recruiting sergeant for,
Those factions who’d return the flak.
Such militants are primed to die,
As we’ve imbued them all with hate;
And they’ll use terror in reply,
To that used by our modern state. (2)

(1) Iraq War 2003.

(2) "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" 
Gerald Seymour in his 1975 book ‘Harry's Game’.

© Richard Layton


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