Yasmine Ziadat | July 7 2016
Let’s talk about terrorism, shall we?
Let’s talk about the three hundred Iraqis
massacred just days before Eid
by terrorists who claim to be representing
the religion of those bleeding out on the streets.
Let’s talk about terrorism, please.
Let’s talk about how for the past century
Western intervention in the Middle East
has claimed to be for the good of humanity,
but created the climate for these very terrorists to succeed.
Let’s talk about terrorism, Tony.
Let’s talk about how you’re being held accountable
for one million lives that were lost for nil.
How do you sleep knowing you’re responsible
for what Bush called ‘God’s will’? Talk about evil.
Let’s talk about Chilcot, “damning”.
Let’s talk about how people were damned to an early grave
because your ego decided their fate.
The only thing that’s damning is that this is all too late,
and that the timing of Chilcot is a slap in the face.
Let’s talk about absolutely anything
Other than how even now you don’t hang your head low
because your ‘regret’, ‘apology’ and ‘sorrow’
is as shallow as the promises of hope
we knew were lies over a decade ago.
Let’s just talk about something we didn’t already know.
Collage by Yasmine Ziadat
Yasmine Ziadat is an undergraduate history and politics student with an interest in current affairs and sassing the patriarchy. If she’s not taking selfies or watching cat videos, you can find her exploring London in search of coffee, music and museums. You can follow her on instagram, twitter, or read her dardishi articles here.