Member Rara Avis
first of all, as JM so aptly said, the United States IS the land of the free because we are able to speak our opinions and THAT is something we are proud of and a privilege and RIGHT which will not allow to be taken away from us.
Yes, there has been blood on every nation's hands.
Your poem speaks some truths but at the same time, it slants them with certainly, with a tone of propaganda. None of us can know all the full truth of every incident of war throughout the world.
Although your writing style is dynamic and forceful and although i deeply respect a poet and writer who is not afraid to speak his or her Truth, I am proud, so very proud, that I live in a nation where ALL OPINIONS can be expressed.... BUT... i do NOT think name calling and political commentary with a bigoted attitude has a place on these forums.
As I said, in acts of war, each country has blood on their hands.... but to call the United States "the inventor of international thuggery", and "stars and stripes imperialism", is simply uncalled for.
Yes, we should try to analyze the "why" this happened, and the "how" it could have happened and as writers and authors and poets, I believe we have a responsibility to the world to speak our Truths and conclusions.
I don't believe, however, that name calling and accusatory statements are a responsible way of proceeding. During this time of World Grieving, do you really think this type of analysis in the form of poetry does any good? ARen't you flaming the fire, rather than trying to douse it?
The first time I read your poem, I knew there were many true statements you have made about how the images of what happened on 9/11/2001 in NY and Washington DC seem somewhat reminiscent of other incidents that happened in other areas of the world during times of war.
It wasn't until I read it for the second and third time that I got the full sense of your tone, which seems deliberately accusatory and blatantly full of negative statements about the United States.
The facts are these..... Innocent people have been blatantly murdered by terrorists. The world is in a state of shock. Responsible writing to express an opinion is called for, yes, but name-calling and political propaganda pieces during a time of world grieving is irresponsible and painful.
I received an email today from a friend who wanted to share with me the Libertarian viewpoints of the "why" this could have happened. That mail discussed the history of various past events just as your poem does and was also biased, but at least there was no name-calling as you have done here.
There is no need for that...... instead, let us all look inward and find the peace necessary to deal with this tragedy, look toward the past and try to examine the truths as well as the mistakes of many, and move forward ....... in unity and strength, fighting what SHOULD be fought.... the denial of freedom and the meaningless destruction and loss of innocent life.
Yes, be strong. Accept your calling as a writer to speak the Truth... but please do not slant it with political propaganda.