Again Libya

27 Mar

Again Libya

It is that time

It is that time again

to call a spade a heart

Protecting the people of that desert country

by killing them

Doing so with righteous zeal

these faux servants of the UN

Humanist hawks and nostalgic imperialists

gather in a single tent

To once more break bread spill blood

Yes, but:

Qaddafi a genuine monster on the prowl

a demented killer

Addressing his tormented people as ‘rats and dogs’

Promising a hunt ‘alley by alley,

house by house, room by room’

Decreeing death for those fools

who dare snuff his candle

But war for whom? For what? Whose war?

For the clouds above

and their shadows below

For those who breakfast on oil

For surly arms dealers with mean grins

this war pleases merchants of death

As surely giant purchase orders will follow

Almost as the guns fall silent

The ‘rebels’ cheer the advent of missiles

but who are the rebels

Even their flags seem ill-chosen, evoking a lost past

Their struggle seems real, their bravery real

And yet does it matter– it is no longer their war

It has become our war to win lose or draw

They asked for this happening perhaps unknowingly

Didn’t they? Didn’t we?

As night falls Mars keeps smiling

Unlike some gloom at the Pentagon

where past lost wars are less easily forgotten

And yet these sullen military faces cannot bring peace

nor even rouse their tasered citizenry to dissent

Nor ban news channels glutted with agit-prop

at best a few wisely searching elsewhere for the real

Even sports or animal shows tell more truths these days


13 Responses to “Again Libya”

  1. anniebannie March 27, 2011 at 6:43 am #

    Happy birthday and thank you for this very moving poem

  2. heidi morrison March 27, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Excellent poem.

  3. Norm Depalma March 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    In that same vein, I wonder if the Professor had written poems about the Vietnam War and/or disarmament. I think I speak for the rest of your blog followers: we would love to read them too.

    • Richard Falk March 28, 2011 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks, Norm, for the encouragement. Yes, I will try to post some of my older poems that dealt with Vietnam.

  4. Herman King March 27, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    Right on, professor. Your poetry and your insight are great.

    • Erico March 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful master piece! very very sad for those forced to live on the brightness spot of the death lighthouse where pure souls also are forbidden to throw up all iniquities

  5. Ray Joseph Cormier March 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    I like your poem, Professor.

    Glen Beck was quoting you on his show Today. He even played a recording where you were saying the collective punishment Israel imposes on the people of Gaza is similar to the collective punishment the Nazis imposed on the Jews. I thought that before I knew of your being.

    His spin indicated he is not an admirer of yours. But don’t worry. You have Truth on your side and Glen spouts his vain delusions.

  6. Shari Sanders March 28, 2011 at 9:29 pm #

    Wow! I really love this. Reading with and against the hyperlinks added dimensions I hadn’t expected; I found the Google Map of Libya particularly eloquent. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Richard Falk March 31, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      Thanks, Shari, your appreciation means a lot to me..

  7. Rama Ananth April 3, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Happy Birthday!
    I really believe the day is not far when people will be able to live with dignity, though the process may lead to lot of loss of property, life and culture and history in the bargain. However to achieve the basic rights of humanity, we have to sacrifice . God Bless.

  8. Felicity Arbuthnot April 3, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    As I felt I was watching the last shreds of humanity under Orwell’s “boot stamping on the human face, for ever”, I read this and knew I was wrong. Thank you Professor Falk, for being, well, Professor Falk.

  9. android December 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    That was very illuminating post…


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