Wednesday 4 March 2015

Death of a Terrorist

Excuse me just a moment
I won’t take much of your time.
I am nobody important –
Nobody you’ve ever heard of
Nobody who has a right to speak
In your comfortable living rooms, to you
As you sit sipping Coca Cola
With pizza and cheese.

I know I have no right
To do this.

Forgive me
For taking this time of yours
To speak.

Let me tell you my story.

Who am I? Nobody.
I have a name, of course.
Mohammed Tuaiman al-Jahmi, that’s what they call me
And I’m from Yemen, far far away
A place where the evil men of Al Qaeda dwell.

We all know Al Qaeda is evil
And has to be fought by all means possible
For the safety of your malls, your schools
Your wives and children in their homes.

And it’s a model campaign to destroy Al Qaeda, I’m sure
With drones eliminating these terrorists
Giving them a stark choice
To give up, or to die.
It is a commendable campaign, indeed
A Crusade, though you must not call it so.

Drones, the white birds of freedom
Flying overhead
Bringing liberty.

I am Mohammed Tuaiman al-Jahmi
Who had a father and brother freed by your drones
Freed from life, and its cares, and everything to do with it.
Or maybe they were evildoer terrorist Al Qaeda scum
Though I did not know it.

And I thought perhaps
You would leave me alone then.
But I must have been an Al Qaeda myself
Even though I did not know it.

And that is why I was burned to death
By a Hellfire from the sky.
And a statement said three Al Qaeda were killed.

Do not rejoice too much in my death
There is no time to rest on your laurels.
For there are more terrorists
Behind me.

Copyright B Purkayastha 2015

“In their eyes, we don’t deserve to live like people
in the rest of the world and we don’t have feelings
or emotions or cry or feel pain like all the other
humans around the world.”

- Mohammed Tuaiman al-Jahmi, aged 13, subsequently burned to death in one of Barack Obama's drone strikes.

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  1. I thought I had read this before. Such innocence in his face. Such a horrible fate to befall him. Perhaps he knows, somehow, that there are those who mourn him.

  2. This is exactly why I have called the US of A lead war on terror a war OF terror from its beginning. People around where I live, central Louisiana, USA, seem to think they know all about family and how close family is or can be. I try to tell them that no matter how close they feel their family is or maybe be, they have NO clue at how close family members are in other parts of this world we all live in. In Arab countries in particular, you kill my third cousin twice removed, whatever that means, and now I am an enemy of yours, until I extract revenge on you for killing a member of my family. Americans, or as I tend to call my fellow citizens, 'Merikkkans, have NO idea, not the faintest of first clues as to how close families tend to be in other countries. How by droning a wedding party of say 50 people, we now have at least 500 NEW enemies.
    What the US/NATO/EU/zionist entity are doing IS a war OF terror and the leaders all know this and don't care. It is part of their game plan, endless war for ever more obscene profits for the very rich.
    As to those very rich, they seem to never, ever be able to have enough. Never enough of anything, money, power, control, you name it, they can never, ever have enough. What is it that makes a human be that way? It is beyond my understanding for sure. Well of course it is beyond me, I am just an old working class guy who has never ceased to want to learn as much about everything as I can. I enjoy learning about other people, other cultures, beliefs, everything. So much to learn, and only one, relatively short life time to try and learn as much as one can. Maybe I'm the one who is "off". Could be, I did enlist in the Marines after all.


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