pt 2 When Does an Ally Stop Being an Ally?

In Gaza,
where the air is thick with the cries of the innocent,
a tragedy unfolds, a scar deepens,
and I ask, when does an Ally stop being an Ally?

You watch from your ivory towers,
your hands clean, your conscience clear,
as the children of Gaza bleed,
as mothers wail over lifeless bodies,
fathers dig graves for their dreams.

Your silence is complicity,
your inaction, a damning verdict,
you are the shadow behind the bomb,
the whisper in the ear of destruction.

Every time you turn away,
every time you close your eyes,
you are complicit,
you are the architect of this genocide.

You fund, you arm, you enable,
you give the tools of death to those
who wield them with impunity,
and then you dare to call them Allies.

You hide behind diplomacy,
behind empty words and hollow promises,
but your hands are stained with the blood of the innocent,
your legacy is written in their tears.

What makes you complicit?
Your refusal to speak out,
your cowardice in the face of atrocity,
your allegiance to power over justice,
your preference for silence over truth.

You stand idly by as Gaza burns,
as lives are torn apart,
and your indifference is a knife in the back
of every man, woman, and child suffering there.

An Ally should stand for justice,
an Ally should raise their voice against tyranny,
but you, you are no Ally,
you are a collaborator in this massacre,
a silent partner in this crime.

How many more must die?
How many more homes must crumble?
How many more futures must be shattered
before you realize your silence is a weapon?

To stand by is to stand for,
and your stance is clear,
you stand for genocide,
for the systematic eradication of a people.
You have chosen your side,
you have chosen power over humanity,
and history will remember you,
not as leaders, but as cowards,
not as peacemakers, but as accomplices to genocide.

The world watches,
the world waits,
and Gaza bleeds.

Your complicity is a poison,
your silence, a betrayal,
and with venom, I ask,
when does an Ally stop being an Ally?
When they allow genocide,
when they choose silence,
when they forget to be human.

With rage, with sorrow,
with a burning need for justice,
I condemn.

You are complicit,
and the blood of Gaza
is on your hands.

Sincerely Still,

Voices for the Voiceless

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A letter to my government

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Written on May 30, 2024

Submitted by ArieCastle on June 09, 2024

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Scheme abxc xdxxx exxf xgHi jxeg ekbx hxelx xxxx lecxx cjxf xdijiexxi kxx fjxcixf xlx Hax l
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 2,271
Words 484
Stanzas 16
Stanza Lengths 4, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5, 4, 5, 4, 9, 3, 7, 3, 3, 1

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  • karlcfolkes
    Ghastly are the images.
    Ablaze in warfare is Gaza.
    Zombie-like shadows haunt her land.
    As wanton death becomes her canvas.
    LikeReply3 hours ago
  • crucifiedinhim2
    While I'm completely on the other side of this issue, your thoughts are written clearly and passionately. I agree with one thing, we caused this by not supporting Israel enough. Gaza blew up and the world is to blame 
    LikeReply 220 hours ago
  • jerrywlawrence2666
    Very Moving, Very Powerful. I, Wholeheartedly, Agree With Your Empassioned Pronouncement.
    LikeReply 12 days ago
  • Runt
    When neighbors can't be friends, and terrorist do reside, the wrath that they all suffer, is there's nowhere to run and hide
    LikeReply 13 days ago
  • Symmetry60
    There's money in war and prestige in power. Most wars ever fought were not as a result of the narratives disseminated to the masses. Most wars via the industrial age have been bought and paid for, on both sides, by the same entities. Death and divisiveness are the mission as a means of controlling the masses. Gaza is not an end but rather a means and a symptom of a tyrannical power structure hell bent on maintaining its current dignity. Without getting too political, I would suggest reading Anthony Frank's book - Destroying America: The CIA's quest to control the government. I'll post a single excerpt so people understand the depth of what is going on. Again, these are NOT my words but those of the man who exposed KGB and CIA in government. "I know firsthand that Joe Biden is a CIA asset." - Let that sink in. Do not shoot the messenger as I am only reiterating what the man himself has cited. It begins and ends with people's willingness to stop believing media and start researching beyond the narrative. We've been lied to for far too long and it must stop. Beautiful message here, Arie. Thank you. 
    LikeReply 14 days ago


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