Road to Peace

Young Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay) was only 18 years old,
He was the youngest of nine children, never spent a night away from home.
And his mother held his photograph, opening the New York Times
To see the killing has intensified along the road to peace

There was a tall, thin boy with a whispy moustache disguised as an orthodox Jew
On a crowded bus in Jerusalem, some had survived World War Two
And the thunderous explosion blew out windows 200 yards away
With more retribution and seventeen dead along the road to peace

Now at King George Ave and Jaffa Road passengers boarded bus 14a
In the aisle next to the driver Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay)
And the last thing that he said on earth is “God is great and God is good”
And he blew them all to kingdom come upon the road to peace

Now in response to this another kiss of death was visited upon
Yasser Taha, Israel says is an Hamas senior militant
And Israel sent four choppers in, flames engulfed, tears wide open
And it killed his wife and his three year old child leaving only blackened skeletons

It’s found his toddlers bottle and a pair of small shoes and they waved them in front of the cameras
But Israel says they did not know that his wife and child were in the car
There are roadblocks everywhere and only suffering on TV
Neither side will ever give up their smallest right along the road to peace

Israel launched it’s latest campaign against Hamas on Tuesday
Two days later Hamas shot back and killed five Israeli soldiers
So thousands dead and wounded on both sides most of them middle eastern civilians
They fill the children full of hate to fight an old man’s war and die upon the road to peace

“And this is our land we will fight with all our force” say the Palestinians and the Jews
Each side will cut off the hand of anyone who tries to stop the resistance
If the right eye offends thee then you must pluck it out
And Mahmoud Abbas said Sharon had been lost out along the road to peace

Once Kissinger said “we have no friends, America only has interests”
Now our president wants to be seen as a hero and he’s hungry for re-election
But Bush is reluctant to risk his future in the fear of his political failures
So he plays chess at his desk and poses for the press 10,000 miles from the road to peace

In the video that they found at the home of Abdel Mahdi (Shahmay)
He held a Kalashnikov rifle and he spoke with a voice like a boy
He was an excellent student, he studied so hard, it was as if he had a future
He told his mother that he had a test that day out along the road to peace

The fundamentalist killing on both sides is standing in the path of peace
But tell me why are we arming the Israeli army with guns and tanks and bullets?
And if God is great and God is good why can’t he change the hearts of men?
Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
Maybe God himself is lost and needs help
He’s out upon the road to peace

Well maybe God himself is lost and needs help
Maybe God himself he needs all of our help
And he’s lost upon the road to peace
And he’s lost upon the road to peace
Out upon the road to peace.

—Tom Waits

Geschreven al luisterend naar: Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards Disc 1 – Road To Peace

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  1. Op het moment dat het vredesoverleg muurvast zit, trekt Israël zich terug uit de Gaza strook. Een mooi gebaar toch? Wat een kans om het vredesproces opnieuw op de rails te krijgen en wat een kans voor de Palestijnen om hun eigen staat op te bouwen…

    Maar wat gebeurt er? In plaats van de door de Israëlisch achtergelaten landbouwbedrijven over te nemen en werkgelegenheid te creëren, worden de serres kapotgeslagen. In plaats van huizen te bouwen en wegen aan te leggen, worden er tunnels gegraven om Israël binnen te dringen en soldaten te kidnappen. In plaats van de ontruiming van de Gazastrook aan te grijpen om opnieuw rond tafel te zitten, wordt de Gazastrook gebruikt om raketten af te vuren op Israël.

    En dan schreeuwt de wereld moord en brand als Israël terugslaat, terwijl er nauwelijks iemand lijkt te geven om de Israëlische burgerslachtoffers.

    Sorry, dit moest me even van het hart
    (Waarmee ik zeker niet wil zeggen dat Israël vrij van zonden zou zijn)

  2. Oei, moet die discussie gevoerd worden?

    Zó eenvoudig was het wel niet, natuurlijk, Israël dat onbaatzuchtig en bij wijze van “mooi gebaar” uit de hele Gaza-strook zou teruggetrokken hebben. Maar alla. Meneer Waits zegt het zeer goed, vind ik, voor de rest.

    Ik vond het een ontroerend liedje.

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