Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I suppose you think this is funny?



On the white skins of Merthyr,
Afghan poppies bloom
Merthyr boys run for their lives
in Helmand doomed.


“I suppose you think this is funny?”


Refugees in their own homes,
unseen, walled up, caged in,
thirsting for justice, Jenin.


“I suppose you think this is funny?”


Baghdad streets reconstructed,
GIs fly the skull and cross bones,
build suicide bomb proof barriers
In free fire zones.


“I suppose you think this is funny?”


Lebanon carpeted,
cluster bomblets left for toys,
Bliar takes an overdue, well earned break
away from all the noise.


“I suppose you think this is funny?”


Men in cages,
guilt by association,
trial by ordeal,
citizens of the wrong nation.


“I suppose you think this is funny?”


Racist attacks increase.
In place of peace,
Prejudice is stalking.
In place of community,
Fists and boots do the talking.

The title is taken from a conversation between the Bliar, soon to be ex Prime Minister and Ian Duncan Smith ex leader of the Conservative Party. Duncan Smith had come to present him with a report on the increase in anti semitic attacks in Britain, Bliar was bemoaning the cataclysmic splits in New Labour. Duncan Smith had lost his job as Tory leader after a similar bout of back stabbing and blood letting. The picture shows children of the Dandees family surveying the wreckage of their home in Jerusalem after if was bulldozed by the Israeli Army.

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