Benedict XVI & Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayeb in a mock-up embrace for the Benetton UNHATE campaign (photo withdrawn after Vatican complaints). To my surprise, they look good together. Fondly brought to mind the Paul Simon song, "Bookends". I guess I am, after all, a romantic. Shame about the realities.
In the middle east for years there’s been From israel and the USA no “Peace Process” Instead there’s been a "Palestinians Must capitulate Process" Sharon and Bush being never allied To peace but tied to nullification Through the emasculation Of the stateless Palestinian Nation By means of “the occupation” - by increasing West Bank Illegal settlement building operations - by an internationally Condemned illegal "Berlin Wall" - by installing Palestinian Bantustans - by ignoring UN resolution 242 - by keeping Palestinians short of water and Cash The intention is to render Palestinian parents Sons and daughters impotent of action Barren of hope, irrelevant Helpless - bound with Israeli rope Consider Against fighter planes and missiles fired at market stalls And civilians old and young- against tanks and bull Dozers demolishing palestinian homes - against An occupation by a nation that rejects “the Roadmap” and insists they have the right to Violence - and to incite violence - but Insists Palestinians do not have Those rights * Against all this perhaps The Palestinians have At least the right To fight
* "As in the other mutual frameworks, the Roadmap will not state that Israel must cease violence and incitement against the Palestinians". . . para 1 of the Israeli Cabinet Statement on the Road Map - (may 25th '03) . . . from "Back To The Roadmap" (posted May 13th 2004)
Brothers in Islam, Khomeini et Saddam Led you laughing to the promised land (Two revered conductors Of “The-Blinded-Amputee-Baby Band”)
A top forty hit your war with Iraq A glorious victory on both sides All who died were glorified martyrs (Religious interpretation being conveniently wide)
And is it true when they say Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Has a diamond eye and a sapphire ring And passes perfumed wind?
Get real, the holocaust happened Your denial paints you cowards and fools; Six million, babies women men all Jews Murdered by race hate that shackles Your people their people my people all people To the same stupid tit for tat rules
Move Israel to Austria or Germany? (Or Poland?) let them do the time ‘cause They did the crime? a rewrite of Nero and Rome Ahmadinejad does standup - while on The West Bank They have rubble for their home
Do you really want your kids and theirs And theirs to be forever taking turns In the history café as kebabs From Clifford’s Tower in 1190's York To 1943 at Sobibor - nine hundred years No wonder Israel vowed, “no more!”
But that’s no excuse for Israeli crimes in Palestine The theft of land, the theft of lives; the theft of truth Though is hard to criticize when Ahmadinejad blatantly Lies ‘Stead of calling again and again for Arab oil to be used As the weapon Again and again for resolution 242 reminding the world That a thief is required to return all not just part Of his or her ill gotten haul; and the children cry “Save us all” - “Save us all” - “Save us all”