Eine Kleine Nichtmusik

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Friday, September 11, 2009

On September 11th, EKN commemorates those who died in a despicable act of state-sponsored terrorism

.....36 years ago today.



On this occasion of course the sponsoring state was the USA. It was after all of Chile that Henry Kissinger said

"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."

Since after that Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, one must assume that the King of Sweden will in due course be issuing an invitation to Osama bin Laden for his own similar contribution to peace and security.

Let Adrian Mitchell's moving tribute to the murdered Chilean poet and songer Victor Jara (later set to music by Arlo Guthrie) stand as a memorial to all the victims of terror, whether in Chile, New York, Spain, Sri Lanka, Peru, Germany, Britain, Zimbabwe.......stick a pin in a globe and there will be someone to remember.


Victor Jara of Chile
Lived like a shooting star
He fought for the people of Chile
With his songs and his guitar

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

Victor Jara was a peasant
He worked from a few years old
He sat upon his father's plough
And watched the earth unfold

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

When the neighbors had a wedding
Or one of their children died
His mother sang all night for them
With Victor by her side

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

He grew to be a fighter
Against the people's wrongs
He listened to their grief and joy
And turned them into songs

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

He sang about the copper miners
And those who work the land
He sang about the factory workers
And they knew he was their man

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

He campaigned for Allende
Working night and day
He sang: take hold of your brothers hand
The future begins today

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

The bloody generals seized Chile
They arrested Victor then
They caged him in a stadium
With five thousand frightened men

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

Victor stood in the stadium
His voice was brave and strong
He sang for his fellow prisoners
Till the guards cut short his song

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

They broke the bones in both his hands
They beat his lovely head
They tore him with electric shocks
After two long days of torture they shot him dead

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

And now the generals rule Chile
And the British have their thanks
For they rule with Hawker Hunters
And they rule with Chieftain tanks

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

Victor Jara of Chile
Lived like a shooting star
He fought for the people of Chile
With his songs and his guitar

And his hands were gentle
His hands were strong

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