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, June 9, 2014

The Politics of Dissent - Edmund Morel, Forgotten Hero

The long overdue biography of  human rights campaigner E.D.Morel has just been released. He and his Congo Reform Association were the principal movers in exposing the horrors of the holocaust perpetrated against the people of the Congo by Belgium's King Leopold. Joseph Conrad — author of Heart of Darkness — described it as “the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfigured the history of human conscience.” And the human costs were, and still are, beyond comprehension.
The population of the country halved, some 10 million people are thought to have died over 25 years as a result of the greed and sadism of Leopold's imperialists. For some reason Morel seems to have been airbrushed out of the history books while racists and profiteers like H.M.Stanley are household names. Bertrand Russell sang the praises of Morel  many years ago, but there has been very little since. The brutalities of the Republic of Congo today have European antecedents. 

Hat tip to my friend Tony at Wolves in the City

1 comment:

TONY said...

I hope this book sells in substantial numbers. The horrors of the Belgian Congo and the crimes of King Leopold should never be forgotten.