Damn You Masters Of War!

Posted by Doug Draper, Niagara At Large

August 18th, 2016

A wire story that went around the world this past Wednesday, August 17th featured what the Daily Telegraph of Great Britain rightfully described as “a heartbreaking image of a dazed and bloodied child circulating on social media shows the horror of what have become routine airstrikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

syrian child five Omran Daqneesh

The five-year-old boy Omran Daqneesh was reportedly one of five children injured in the Russian or Assad (the regime airstrike this past August 17th  night. But western nations, including Canada, have engaged in air strikes in that hapless country too, and as much as our leaders call them “precision strikes,” that is bunk. 

You can’t bomb populated places without causing collateral damage – without killing or severely injuring people who are down there on the ground, just trying to live their lives in their communities like you or I or our sisters and sisters or daughters and sons or this poor little boy.

Anyone who says you can is telling a lie.

We should all take a good long look at this image of him and ask what in hell are we collectively doing engaging in these “campaigns” or whatever sanitized thing our leaders try to call them.

A young Bob Dylan wrote the following lyrics a full 53 years ago for a song he called ‘Masters of War’ and here they bloody are well, just as relevant today as they were then.

“Come you masters of war                                                                                              You that build the big guns                                                                                            You that build the death planes                                                                                     You that build all the bombs                                                                                          You that hide behind walls                                                                                             You that hide behind desks                                                                                                  I just want you to know                                                                                                        I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin’                                                                                           But build to destroy                                                                                                         You play with my world                                                                                                    Like it’s your little toy                                                                                                      You put a gun in my hand                                                                                                And you hide from my eyes                                                                                             And you turn and run farther                                                                                     When the fast bullets fly

You’ve thrown the worst fear                                                                                        That can ever be hurled                                                                                                   Fear to bring children                                                                                                     Into the world                                                                                                                    For threatening my baby                                                                                          Unborn and unnamed                                                                                                     You ain’t worth the blood                                                                                              That runs in your veins

Let me ask you onequestion                                                                                             Is your money that good?                                                                                               Will it buy you forgiveness                                                                                               Do you think that it could?                                                                                                                                       I think you will find                                                                                                          When  death takes its toll                                                                                             All the money you made                                                                                                  Will never buy back your soul”

Take another look at the image of that little boy and make it your business to speak out against governments, including the recently departed Harper government and recently elected Trudeau government of Canada for allowing corporations in their jurisdictions to make and sell machines of war to murderous regimes.

Every one of us who sits back and says nothing has the blood of that child and millions like him on our hands.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN. Niagara At Large encourages you to share your views on this post. A reminder that we only post comments by individuals who share their first and last name with them.

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“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders


One response to “Damn You Masters Of War!

  1. CANADA? A few short years ago during the “Holocaust that was Gaza” too many young and infant children were the victims…. and…… some Canadian Provinces, including Ontario petitioned the Federal HARPER Government to allow some of those severely injured children to be brought to CANADA for treatment. HARPER and his pawns refused this request and the rest is horrible history of a HARPER CANADA


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