January 2, 2010



I found this song today.

Although Michael Heart wrote this song for Gaza (and I wholeheartedly sympathize with his cause) I can't help but look around me, read reports of yesterday's catastrophic bomb blast in Lakki Marwat and generally breathe in an aura of sheer helplessness on our people's part, and realize how much what he says applies to us as well.

His words strike a chord in my heart when he sings:

A blinding flash of white light
Lit up the sky over Gaza tonight
People running for cover
Not knowing whether they’re dead or alive

They came with their tanks and their planes
With ravaging fiery flames
And nothing remains
Just a voice rising up in the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

Women and children alike
Murdered and massacred night after night
While the so-called leaders of countries afar
Debated on who’s wrong or right

But their powerless words were in vain
And the bombs fell down like acid rain
But through the tears and the blood and the pain
You can still hear that voice through the smoky haze

We will not go down
In the night, without a fight
You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
But our spirit will never die
We will not go down
In Gaza tonight

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His words apply to us, but with one key difference.
Whatever their fate, however hopeless their cause, Gaza has never stopped fighting.

And Pakistan has never started.

Why are we letting our country fall to pieces?
Why is the common man still standing around with his head buried under the sand waiting for the storm to pass?
What will it take for us to stand up for ourselves and finally say ENOUGH?
How many more people people have to die?
How many more families grieve?
How many more bomb blasts before we finally begin to fight back?

And when we do, we may still die.

But atleast then, we will die fighting. Which makes all the difference. I think.

4 comments:

Lonely Perverted Soul said...

i see tht im no longer on ur blogroll :P

Xeb said...

You're on my blog roll. Click on 'more' and you'll probably see your name somewhere on the list. Where you are on the list depends on how frequently you posted.

Lonely Perverted Soul said...

oh ur up?

Salman Latif said...

It's both about fear and disorientation - an average man wants a lead to start doing something. But all he gets are either the religious zealots, cursing US for it all or the conspiracy theorists, doing more or less the same in a somewhat different way..