We Shall Not Remain Silent

We shall never remain silent

       (for El Mutanabi Street and Iraq)

and now

what can we say

of Iraq,

of the El  Mutanabbi street bookstore,

what can we say

of all the delicate pottery in the Iraqi National Museum,

what can we say of the highest educational level in the Middle East,

what can we say about the best medical care

in the middle east,

what can we say about these years that have

been preserved since the time

of Hammurabi, since men climbed

out of the Tigris and Euphrates

created statues, books, knowledge

beyond what the world had known,

the world famous Baghdad Library,

 

but we can say

we know who threw the bombs,

the missiles,

who destroyed the dams,

the rivers,

the hospitals

the schools

the museums

the universities

we know the ignorant who came to destroy

the mosques

the churches

the synagogues

the science labs

the CAT scan machines

the Xray machines

the research centers in medicine

the homes

the fathers

the mothers

the sisters

the brothers

the sons

the daughters

the unborn children

should we count them all,

should we just stand here

as if is done, and we should remain

silent

and walk away

 

they would have us remain silent

they would have us walk away

but for us, there shall be no silence

there shall be no walking away

 

we shall keep this history alive

we shall talk, we shall write

of the barbarians who came,

first the mongol hordes from  Asia,

after Ibn Khaldun tried to convince Ibn Timur

to save the library and the city, he burned it anyway,

then the mongol hordes for America, from

England, from France,

bombing, burning, stealing,

we shall remember them aloud

we shall remember them on paper

we shall condemn them

as we have condemned them from

time before they came to destroy Baghdad

before they came to destroy

Islam, before they came

to steal the oil,

to destroy mankind’s history,

we shall condemn them in every breath

in every word,

for these massacres of humans

of history

of what was

and could be, that has

been shattered, but we

know, it shall come again,

and the hordes that raped this land

just like Ibn Timur who burned the library,

the Western powers that came, will fade away

with their history in shame,

and these rivers, these laws of Allah and Hammurabi

will rise again, as will the saying of Jesus and Moses,

they shall rise again

as will this famous bookstore, this museum,

these universities, these mosques, these churches,

these synagogues, these children,

will reclaim their own land, will yank it away

from the Americans, the English, the French

and we shall join them

as they spit on those who have harmed

the beautiful land and its  people

 

no, we shall not be silent

we shall never walk away

our words

our hearts

their words

the hearts

their sorrows

their rebirth will remain

so long as men have memories

so long as men have books to read

and so long as men know that in the end

only good will prevail,

inshallah, inshallah

inshallah

 

 

c: sam hamod  7.2.11

We shall never remain silent

       (for El Mutanabi Street and Iraq)

and now

what can we say

of Iraq,

of the El  Mutanabbi street bookstore,

what can we say

of all the delicate pottery in the Iraqi National Museum,

what can we say of the highest educational level in the Middle East,

what can we say about the best medical care

in the middle east,

what can we say about these years that have

been preserved since the time

of Hammurabi, since men climbed

out of the Tigris and Euphrates

created statues, books, knowledge

beyond what the world had known,

the world famous Baghdad Library,

 

but we can say

we know who threw the bombs,

the missiles,

who destroyed the dams,

the rivers,

the hospitals

the schools

the museums

the universities

we know the ignorant who came to destroy

the mosques

the churches

the synagogues

the science labs

the CAT scan machines

the Xray machines

the research centers in medicine

the homes

the fathers

the mothers

the sisters

the brothers

the sons

the daughters

the unborn children

should we count them all,

should we just stand here

as if is done, and we should remain

silent

and walk away

 

they would have us remain silent

they would have us walk away

but for us, there shall be no silence

there shall be no walking away

 

we shall keep this history alive

we shall talk, we shall write

of the barbarians who came,

first the mongol hordes from  Asia,

after Ibn Khaldun tried to convince Ibn Timur

to save the library and the city, he burned it anyway,

then the mongol hordes for America, from

England, from France,

bombing, burning, stealing,

we shall remember them aloud

we shall remember them on paper

we shall condemn them

as we have condemned them from

time before they came to destroy Baghdad

before they came to destroy

Islam, before they came

to steal the oil,

to destroy mankind’s history,

we shall condemn them in every breath

in every word,

for these massacres of humans

of history

of what was

and could be, that has

been shattered, but we

know, it shall come again,

and the hordes that raped this land

just like Ibn Timur who burned the library,

the Western powers that came, will fade away

with their history in shame,

and these rivers, these laws of Allah and Hammurabi

will rise again, as will the saying of Jesus and Moses,

they shall rise again

as will this famous bookstore, this museum,

these universities, these mosques, these churches,

these synagogues, these children,

will reclaim their own land, will yank it away

from the Americans, the English, the French

and we shall join them

as they spit on those who have harmed

the beautiful land and its  people

 

no, we shall not be silent

we shall never walk away

our words

our hearts

their words

the hearts

their sorrows

their rebirth will remain

so long as men have memories

so long as men have books to read

and so long as men know that in the end

only good will prevail,

inshallah, inshallah

inshallah

 

 

c: sam hamod  7.2.11

We shall never remain silent

       (for El Mutanabi Street and Iraq)

and now

what can we say

of Iraq,

of the El  Mutanabbi street bookstore,

what can we say

of all the delicate pottery in the Iraqi National Museum,

what can we say of the highest educational level in the Middle East,

what can we say about the best medical care

in the middle east,

what can we say about these years that have

been preserved since the time

of Hammurabi, since men climbed

out of the Tigris and Euphrates

created statues, books, knowledge

beyond what the world had known,

the world famous Baghdad Library,

 

but we can say

we know who threw the bombs,

the missiles,

who destroyed the dams,

the rivers,

the hospitals

the schools

the museums

the universities

we know the ignorant who came to destroy

the mosques

the churches

the synagogues

the science labs

the CAT scan machines

the Xray machines

the research centers in medicine

the homes

the fathers

the mothers

the sisters

the brothers

the sons

the daughters

the unborn children

should we count them all,

should we just stand here

as if is done, and we should remain

silent

and walk away

 

they would have us remain silent

they would have us walk away

but for us, there shall be no silence

there shall be no walking away

 

we shall keep this history alive

we shall talk, we shall write

of the barbarians who came,

first the mongol hordes from  Asia,

after Ibn Khaldun tried to convince Ibn Timur

to save the library and the city, he burned it anyway,

then the mongol hordes for America, from

England, from France,

bombing, burning, stealing,

we shall remember them aloud

we shall remember them on paper

we shall condemn them

as we have condemned them from

time before they came to destroy Baghdad

before they came to destroy

Islam, before they came

to steal the oil,

to destroy mankind’s history,

we shall condemn them in every breath

in every word,

for these massacres of humans

of history

of what was

and could be, that has

been shattered, but we

know, it shall come again,

and the hordes that raped this land

just like Ibn Timur who burned the library,

the Western powers that came, will fade away

with their history in shame,

and these rivers, these laws of Allah and Hammurabi

will rise again, as will the saying of Jesus and Moses,

they shall rise again

as will this famous bookstore, this museum,

these universities, these mosques, these churches,

these synagogues, these children,

will reclaim their own land, will yank it away

from the Americans, the English, the French

and we shall join them

as they spit on those who have harmed

the beautiful land and its  people

 

no, we shall not be silent

we shall never walk away

our words

our hearts

their words

the hearts

their sorrows

their rebirth will remain

so long as men have memories

so long as men have books to read

and so long as men know that in the end

only good will prevail,

inshallah, inshallah

inshallah

 

 

c: sam hamod  7.2.11

We shall never remain silent

       (for El Mutanabi Street and Iraq)

and now

what can we say

of Iraq,

of the El  Mutanabbi street bookstore,

what can we say

of all the delicate pottery in the Iraqi National Museum,

what can we say of the highest educational level in the Middle East,

what can we say about the best medical care

in the middle east,

what can we say about these years that have

been preserved since the time

of Hammurabi, since men climbed

out of the Tigris and Euphrates

created statues, books, knowledge

beyond what the world had known,

the world famous Baghdad Library,

 

but we can say

we know who threw the bombs,

the missiles,

who destroyed the dams,

the rivers,

the hospitals

the schools

the museums

the universities

we know the ignorant who came to destroy

the mosques

the churches

the synagogues

the science labs

the CAT scan machines

the Xray machines

the research centers in medicine

the homes

the fathers

the mothers

the sisters

the brothers

the sons

the daughters

the unborn children

should we count them all,

should we just stand here

as if is done, and we should remain

silent

and walk away

 

they would have us remain silent

they would have us walk away

but for us, there shall be no silence

there shall be no walking away

 

we shall keep this history alive

we shall talk, we shall write

of the barbarians who came,

first the mongol hordes from  Asia,

after Ibn Khaldun tried to convince Ibn Timur

to save the library and the city, he burned it anyway,

then the mongol hordes for America, from

England, from France,

bombing, burning, stealing,

we shall remember them aloud

we shall remember them on paper

we shall condemn them

as we have condemned them from

time before they came to destroy Baghdad

before they came to destroy

Islam, before they came

to steal the oil,

to destroy mankind’s history,

we shall condemn them in every breath

in every word,

for these massacres of humans

of history

of what was

and could be, that has

been shattered, but we

know, it shall come again,

and the hordes that raped this land

just like Ibn Timur who burned the library,

the Western powers that came, will fade away

with their history in shame,

and these rivers, these laws of Allah and Hammurabi

will rise again, as will the saying of Jesus and Moses,

they shall rise again

as will this famous bookstore, this museum,

these universities, these mosques, these churches,

these synagogues, these children,

will reclaim their own land, will yank it away

from the Americans, the English, the French

and we shall join them

as they spit on those who have harmed

the beautiful land and its  people

 

no, we shall not be silent

we shall never walk away

our words

our hearts

their words

the hearts

their sorrows

their rebirth will remain

so long as men have memories

so long as men have books to read

and so long as men know that in the end

only good will prevail,

inshallah, inshallah

inshallah

 

 

c: sam hamod  7.2.11

We shall never remain silent

       (for El Mutanabi Street and Iraq)

and now

what can we say

of Iraq,

of the El  Mutanabbi street bookstore,

what can we say

of all the delicate pottery in the Iraqi National Museum,

what can we say of the highest educational level in the Middle East,

what can we say about the best medical care

in the middle east,

what can we say about these years that have

been preserved since the time

of Hammurabi, since men climbed

out of the Tigris and Euphrates

created statues, books, knowledge

beyond what the world had known,

the world famous Baghdad Library,

 

but we can say

we know who threw the bombs,

the missiles,

who destroyed the dams,

the rivers,

the hospitals

the schools

the museums

the universities

we know the ignorant who came to destroy

the mosques

the churches

the synagogues

the science labs

the CAT scan machines

the Xray machines

the research centers in medicine

the homes

the fathers

the mothers

the sisters

the brothers

the sons

the daughters

the unborn children

should we count them all,

should we just stand here

as if is done, and we should remain

silent

and walk away

 

they would have us remain silent

they would have us walk away

but for us, there shall be no silence

there shall be no walking away

 

we shall keep this history alive

we shall talk, we shall write

of the barbarians who came,

first the mongol hordes from  Asia,

after Ibn Khaldun tried to convince Ibn Timur

to save the library and the city, he burned it anyway,

then the mongol hordes for America, from

England, from France,

bombing, burning, stealing,

we shall remember them aloud

we shall remember them on paper

we shall condemn them

as we have condemned them from

time before they came to destroy Baghdad

before they came to destroy

Islam, before they came

to steal the oil,

to destroy mankind’s history,

we shall condemn them in every breath

in every word,

for these massacres of humans

of history

of what was

and could be, that has

been shattered, but we

know, it shall come again,

and the hordes that raped this land

just like Ibn Timur who burned the library,

the Western powers that came, will fade away

with their history in shame,

and these rivers, these laws of Allah and Hammurabi

will rise again, as will the saying of Jesus and Moses,

they shall rise again

as will this famous bookstore, this museum,

these universities, these mosques, these churches,

these synagogues, these children,

will reclaim their own land, will yank it away

from the Americans, the English, the French

and we shall join them

as they spit on those who have harmed

the beautiful land and its  people

 

no, we shall not be silent

we shall never walk away

our words

our hearts

their words

the hearts

their sorrows

their rebirth will remain

so long as men have memories

so long as men have books to read

and so long as men know that in the end

only good will prevail,

inshallah, inshallah

inshallah

 

 

c: sam hamod  7.2.11