Saturday, August 08, 2009

Then they came for you....updated

I published the following poem on this blog on 1/13/09 after Lasanthas killing

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me

German Theologian,
Martin Niemöller
@ the time of the Great Holocaust

I found a slightly updated one reflecting on the changes happened in our 'Kingdom' during the last few months.

When those ‘civilians’ were killed in numbers, you didn’t speak up because your kith and kin were not amongst them.

Then they came for the journalists, you didn’t speak up because those journalists were betraying the motherland for chunks of dollars.

Then they came for the underworld gangsters, you didn’t speak up because they were already a menace to the society.

Then they came for opposition politicians, you didn’t speak up because of the simple arithmetic of (opposition politicians = traitors).

Then they came for you. But don’t worry. You are a patriot and you have a King to speak up for you. Long live the King!

From 'Thoughts of a Pessimist'
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