Poem -

NOT IN MY NAME

How many times must I shout it? 
Over and over again.
At every march against every wrong war, 
dancing shouting; 
NOT IN MY NAME 

NOT IN MY NAME 
Answering bombs with bombs 
until death just falls like rain. 
NOT IN MY NAME 
It's the artists, the poets and the peace freaks
who oppose this.
It is us that feel the shame. 
NOT IN MY NAME 
do we join the killing of children 
do we fan the evil flames.

So one more time, with angry feeling 

NOT IN MY FUCKING NAME 

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KIERAN1369

We share the same beliefs mate...

A well constructed and well written piece

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Nigel Cresswell

Thanks mate, I dream of not having to write these things 

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Nigel Cresswell

Thank you. As parliament was not consulted before this military action it's not in anybodies name. As the sabre rattling escalates we will all share the blame. 
Nigel 

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Tina

If only the whole world was geared towards peace...and happiness... and love. If only ... 

I don't want war. I don't like war. I want them to find another way. But what do you do when evil leaders have to be stopped and all peaceful stuff has failed?  Do we just leave them to it? Let them get on with it? Let them use their chemical weapons on their own people? I don't think I agree with that either. I wish an answer could be found that does not involve war.  I hate war. I don't want war ... I don't want to see our sons and daughters being sent to their possible  death because of some egotistical tyrant who can't do right by his own people.

A powerful, thought provoking write, Nigeria

Tina x

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Tina

Nigel ...not Nigeria ...OMG, my damn phone....so sorry x

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Nigel Cresswell

Hi Tina, Being called Nigeria could be quite handy, just think of all those millions their generals are hawking on the Internet! 
I have been part of the peace movement my entire adult life but I am also a historian. It is as a historian I say that trying to stop bombing using bombs has never worked and can never work. It is just escalation and no less absurd than trying to stop school shootings by giving the teachers guns. We have struggled too long to create in the United Nations systems  that can deal with the use of illegal weapons to forsake them just cos the superpowers want to square up. I was sick of that sort of thing by the end of the 70's and a new cold war makes me want to cry. 
Not in my name 
Thank you so much for reading Tina, sorry that I rant 
Nigel 

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Tina

Does you good to rant!!  x

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Tony Taylor

Amen dear poet brother!!....AMEN!!.......war is big business!!..... near impossible to stop the machine!!......I LOVE what you conveyed here!!...... The truth, only works one way...... and ALWAYS will!!....... But ~ "Not In My Name!!"...... bravo!!  👏👏👏   well done Sir Nigel!!...... LOVE and ROCKETS!!......T xo 👍👍👍✴❤ 😉

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Nigel Cresswell

Thanks Tony , now my prime minister wants "war powers" so parliament doesn't need to be bothered. I wish I was surprised 
Nigel 

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Dean Kuch

I couldn't agree more, mate!
This sh!t has got to end and end right now!
Powerfully penned, well written, and very raw.
I enjoyed reading this, Nigel.
~Dean

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Nigel Cresswell

Thank you Dean , the sense of de ja vue in all of this escalation feels like the worst of the cold war . As a historian I know more than most how close we came in the eighties and how often.It feels like we are just diving back in. Putin et al using Syria as the next Vietnam. I believe that to avoid going back there we have to shout loud and raw. 
my voice is hoarse and my heart is sore. 
Nigel 

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lodigiana

Not in my name either!!!! Totally empathise with this work Nigel particularly in these challenging times ..frustration eats away at me when I look at what goes on 'In my name' ....and I shout out  'No way in my name..no way' !  well said
Lodigiana x

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Nigel Cresswell

Hi Lodigiana, in 1984 I walked to AWE Aldermaston with Bruce Kent, I remember him saying that I wouldn't have to do these marches when I was his age. Sorry archbishop you were wrong 
Nigel 

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lodigiana

I often wonder if whilst giving us access to instant information, the internet does make us complacent...you, my friend,  typically actually DID something to show where your beliefs and concerns lay..whereas now  clicking a 'sad face' seems about the most people will actually do...we still have a voice and we should use it!!! .. must get off my soap box but I so empathise what you are saying!. 
Lodigiana.

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Nigel Cresswell

Lodigiana we need you on the soapbox, we need everyone with a voice . 

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Nigel Cresswell

Lodigiana I just wanted to add that I have just watched Bruce Kent speak at yesterday's demo in parliament square. Wish I could of been there. As he always has done he spoke simple powerful truth. Bruce Kent is 89 and has not stopped campaigning against war. I never will 

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lodigiana

Hi Nigel, Yes me too! as he said   we must surely be able to find some way to talk peace..we did it with Ireland..it could be done here also.I hope that if Trump does eventually visit the UK there will be a strong contingent to show our displeasure and opposition to the war mongering..That's one Demo I would try to get to!!!..ah this reminds me of my idealistic Uni days  when we thought we could change the world..........but there is truth in what Edmund Burke said .."The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." 
Lodigiana xx

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Nigel Cresswell

We are changing the world. As for Trump I will see you there 

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