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    Friday
    Apr132012

    Günter Grass; What Must Be Said (genius performance)

    What must be said

    Why have I been silent, silent for so long?,
    Our generals have gamed it out,
    Confident the west will survive.
    We people have not even been considered.

    What is this right to "preventive war"?
    A war that could erase the Iranian people.
    Dominated by it's neighbor, pulsing with righteousness
    Smug in the fact that it is they, not Iran,
    Who have the Bomb.

    Why have I so far avoided to identify Israel by it's name?,
    Israel and it's ever increasing nuclear arsenal,
    Beyond reproach, Uncontrolled, uninspected.

    We all know these things
    Yet we all remain silent, fearful of being labeled:
    anti-Semitic
    hateful
    worse

    Considering Germany's past these labels stick
    So we call is "business", "reparation" take your pick,
    As we deliver yet another submarine.
    As we provide to Israel the means to deliver annihilation.
    I say what must be said.

    Why did I stay silent until now?
    Because I'm German, of course.
    I'm tainted by a stain I cannot wash out
    I'm silent because I want so badly to make it right
    To put my sins in the past and leave them silently there.

    Why did I wait to say it until now?
    And write these words with the last of my ink?
    Declaring that Israel threatens world peace?
    Because it is true and it must be said,
    Tomorrow will be too late.

    We Germans now carry a new burden of sin on our shoulders
    Through the weapons we have sold
    We are helping to carry out this foreseeable tragedy
    No excuse will remove our stain of complicity.

    It must be said. I won't be silent
    I've had enough of the hypocrisy;
    Please shed the silence with me,
    The consequences are all too predictable.
    It's time to demand free and permanent control
    of BOTH Israel's nuclear arsenal
    AND Iran's nuclear facilities
    enforced with international supervision.

    It's the only way, in a land convulsed with insanity,
    Israelis, Palestinians, everybody, will survive.
    And we too, will survive.

    The wandering who- Gilad Atzmon

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