IS This Right?

Do we really need to bomb more people,
kill thousands indiscriminately and maim?

In whose name?

I’ve been to the Middle East,
and it appears to me
most people want to live in peace.

Those once foreign lands
far across the sea,
are just like ours,
it’s only a matter of geography.

Barbaric, hideous, callous terrorists?
Some, yes.
But remember the Crusades,
Our own ‘God’ inspired conquest
of foreign climes?

‘What’s mine is mine
And what’s yours is mine.’

All the tyrants in every land
Eventually fall by the people’s hand.

Remember 7/7,
The death, the misery, the pain?
A drop in the ocean
beside the payload of one of those planes.

You don’t make friends,
or keep them,
by bombing a neighbour.

So now,
Instead of just having to fight IS
We are more than adding to their distress.