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  1.  Prison

Gates of Hell
by Huda Orfali
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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The Lebanese prime minister has called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah militants, saying his country "has been torn to shreds".

Gates of Hell

As the gates of hell open wide
They watch us bleed and look aside
As hundred of people have died

Fire and death in the sky loom
Heralding an impending doom
A country once prosperous is now a tomb

A country destroyed ‘torn to shreds’
Dead bodies and severed heads
Litter the streets as destruction spreads

A ‘measured’ response to a violation
That was indeed out of terrible frustration
With many year of pain and occupation

Women and children die and refugees flee
To an unknown destiny among the debris
They cry, they scream; their only plea

Why can’t the international community achieve a peaceful solution?
Where is ‘peace studies’ and ‘conflict resolution’?
Is this ‘just war’ or just vengeful retribution?

© 2006 Huda Orfali
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Reviewed by Tarek Hassan 8/17/2006
when weapons for mass mechanised impersonal destruction were invented, the nations, groups and peoples who embraced them as instruments of domination, advantage and conflict resolution had lost the moral and ethical criteria to being 'civilised' and human. The un-noted phenomena is that it is the nations that claim to be most advanced more civilised and protectors of liberty and freedom and humanity are the very ones that have indulged in this highly immoral and and un-ethical use of mechanised impersonal killing as a means of submitting everybody else to achieve a dubious, restless and violent pseudo-peace that can never be secure. The formula of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth is unethical and immoral. Even more unethical and immoral is the formula practiced by the 'advanced' nations, 1000 eyes for an eye and 1000 Teeth for a tooth. Blithely blind to how barbaric and uncivilised the advanced nations have become in practice towards 'other',they continued to deceive themselves and their own people that they are protecting democracy and freedom and the civilised world!
how about a simple formula that the ingenuity and expense consumed by these computerised electronified instruments of mass mechanised impersonal killing should be challenged towards implementing justice in our troubled and suffering world and in strengtheninga truly representative United Nations that concerns itself with the cause of justice in the world and not become an instrument of the most powerful i.e. those who have the most devastating weapons of mass impersonal destruction and are ready to use them!

Dear Huda, the photo that summarises all, together with your heartrending poem is something that will shake anybody with any humanity left in them into a new awareness I hope. Thank you for telling all of us about the horrors of mechanised impersonal modernised computerised weapons of unimaginable viciousness. It is a wakeup call for everybody especially in the'civilised'nations that claim to be the protectors of democracy, freedom and justice.

Tarek Ali Hassan
Reviewed by Peter Paton 7/22/2006

I agree with Kate below completely
The Human Race is hurtling towards utter destruction..
The End Times are so near now
And the gruesome pic is ghastly...

Love and Peace

Reviewed by Huda Orfali 7/21/2006
Join the world in calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.

Lebanon “has been torn to shreds", said Lebanese Prime Minster Fouad Siniora. “I call upon you all to respond immediately... and provide urgent international humanitarian assistance to our war-stricken country. Can the international community stand by while such callous retribution by the state of Israel is inflicted on us?"

300 people had been killed and 500,000 others displaced in a week of Israeli attacks. Many thousands continue to flee Lebanon.

A humanitarian crisis is in the making.

The country has been under a total blockade for the last week preventing medications and necessary supplies to enter the country. Wounded people are not able to have the necessary treatment, and children and adults are suffering from a shortage of food and water.

Relief agencies say there is a growing need for water, sanitation and medical facilities for those displaced within Lebanon

French President Jacques Chirac called for humanitarian corridors in Lebanon to protect civilians from Israeli air raids as they flee the fighting.

I only join the Lebanese Prime Minister and the French President in their plea. Help stop the Violence.

Love and Peace
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 7/21/2006
Words fail me... I am such a coward, I have passed by this three times already today... the picture just totally sickens me. You raise such gut-wrenching questions... and I think you, above all, are qualified to answer and to speak, if I am not mistaken. But, for me, it is just the awful reality of that picture. Yes, one of the prosperous nations at the forefront of world affairs... experiencing this most cannibalistic and animalistic behaviour... Is THIS the human race, I ask myself? If so, we are racing like lemmings over the edge and no mistake. Surely there are enough jaw-jaw-ers who can make sense enough to appease the war-war-ers?? Or, as is being constantly asked, is the will for peace so absent that lawless self-destruction will prevail? We talk about "The World" and "War" as if it is some abstract body "out there"... but, the truth is, it could just as easily, in another time and place, be ME OR YOU that is being held aloft here; that makes "War" and "The World" ultimately close and personal. We are all accountable, all responsible. And the days of reckoning seem to loom ever closer. Bless you for your bravery here, Huda. LOL Kate xx
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/20/2006
Horror what more can I say!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Judy Meeker 7/20/2006
This is a terrible photo but I am glad you have it here. Life is not always a bed of rosey posey prose. Thank you for sharing a stark reality with us.
Judy Meeker
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/20/2006
You have captured the madness and horror of this situation starkly and realistically with your verses and the graphic image accompanying them, Huda. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/20/2006
If not for the reality of it this poem and the gruesome picture accompanying it would be hard to believe, but we all know that this is for real. You are right, where are the world peacekeepers?

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/20/2006
So sad this is happening; we must do all we can to pray for peace!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 7/20/2006
For some reason. I don't think the world wants peace.
It pains me as I was in Beruit just over two years ago.
Utter madness...
Reviewed by Michael Wells 7/20/2006
Such a horror in the picture and your written word
Indeed, where is the international community to stop the bloodshed
Thank you for sharing this cry on behalf of the Lebanese people
I guess people here in the US are more concerned with the 'Katrina style evacution' than the actutal battle going on in the Middle East
Well done and God Bless - Michael

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