Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the 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. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. 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. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Monday, May 13, 2013

Former Guatemala Leader Guilty of Genocide

Three decades after the massacre of Guatemala’s Ixil people, the military leader who gave the order has been found guilty of genocide.The courtroom erupted Saturday with calls of “Justice, justice,” as former General Efrain Rios Montt heard his verdict: guilty on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity — an 80-year prison sentence for the 83-year-old man. (Via Al Jazeera)
Rios Montt took charge of a military junta in the early 1980s — right at the peak of Guatemala’s civil war between the government and leftist groups. The country’s military labeled the Ixil people as guerilla fighters (Via YouTube / laverdadlibre) …
… leading to the deaths of almost 1,800 men, women and children. Members of the tribes, remnants of the Mayan civilization that once spanned Central America, claim the raping of women by government troops was especially widespread. (Via YouTube / Amnesty International)
Rios Montt and his supporters have claimed any decisions he made as the leader of those troops was in the heat of battle. But after hearing testimony from 100 witnesses over five weeks, a judge found the general guilty of war crimes. (Via The New York Times)
Rios Montt will begin serving his sentence immediately, but he’s expected to appeal the decision. A human rights group in the U.S. says in just 17 months, between 1982-83, more than 5 percent of all the Ixil people were killed.

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