‘RIP Dear AI’ by Fauzia Rafique

AI, the great defender
of our rights, succumbed
to injuries late
last night.
Born UK July 1961
Died USA May 2012

Injuries were inflicted by the self. Yes, SELF. No,
self is not a terrorist
organization. I meant, ‘self-inflicted’ as in inflicted by himself on
himself for himself. Yes, AI
was innovative. He chose to print
his suicide note on a sizeable sign at a prominent location
on an elegant street
of Chicago.

Lucid as ever, he says: ‘Human Rights
for Women and Girls
in Afghanistan
Unsurpassed ori-gi-nality, as usual,
of course. O’ women and girls, harken, side with
a mighty global abuser
of your rights
to fight
those slight-y local abusers
of your rights.
Long Live AI!
Go AI! Go AI!

The suicide note
is not that short, there’s more: ‘NATO: Keep the Progress
’. Yes, it does
say ‘NATO: Keep the Progress going’!
Onward, Christian Soldiers, marching as to war!
Nara-e-Takbeer, Allah-O-Akbar! Haidri, Ya Ali!

Yes, it does mean, keep collecting the booty
of your military excursions
from those poverty
stricken lands. Oh, how they gloat
over their righteous nobi-li-ty
with their international bands, kill qaddafi, invade
syria, bomb iraq, occupy afghanistan, attack iran,
mission impossible pakistan, i can break
my neck back
-wards trying to ascertain
the very height
of their aggression,
of your capitulation. The guinness book
of records all yours, this year, agai-n,
as it was yours with
your Cageprisoners.

Here, i light a candle
as i curse the darkness. Yes,
we light candles with our tongues when
we talk with our hands. No, it’s unclear
if AI ever,
saw it falling around
us. His barbed-wired candles don’t eat
this darkness, only take
our attention
from it.

On that elegant street of Chicago
under that sizeable sign where you stepped
out in your cheer-leading costume
the biggest ever abuser
of our rights. Indeed,
you do have the cheeks, may be pink, in the plain sight
of hundreds of war vets returning
from battlefields bearing the impact
of nato-ized ‘progress’, and thousands
of people walking in the wake, to tell you, we are
in favor
of your wars.

RIP Dear AI,
it’s time for amnesty.

For us, the prisoners of NATO’s progress
-ing wars. We,
and our youth armed with our dollars
taken to far-off battlefields to die
and to kill: us, and
our youth, armed
with our dollars!
And you hail these hitlers
to keep it on! Now, google
is since search
-ing for ONE, at least
1 of your 300 million members
who is happy
to find you
in the feet of the military wing
of the international mafioso warlords, human
rights violations excuses
for occupations, victimizing
the victims killing civilians, there
seems to be no end to the worldwide ambitions
of your war gods.

RIP Dear AI,
it’s time for amnesty.

from unmanned attackers, tar sands hackers,
defense-budget backers. Amnesty
for us
the people of the earth
from this fast-spreading virus
of violence and greed,
NATO. Amnesty!
for us, the people
of this world.

NATO Summit, Chicago June 2012

Peter Benenson, the founder of Amnesty International, used the proverb “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness” to illustrate the design of its emblem.
‘Nara-e-Takbeer, Allah-O-Akbar’, call of the great, the ‘Takbīr or Tekbir (تَكْبِير) is the Arabic term for the phrase Allāhu Akbar (الله أكبر). It is usually translated “God is [the] Greatest,” or “God is Great” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takbir). Also, a Muslim war cry.
‘Haidri, Ya Ali’, call of Haider: Lion. Refers to Hazrat Ali who was also called Saifullah, the Sword of Allah. Another Muslim war cry.

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