Proxy Wars - Poem by Akhtar Jawad
Whatever may be the form of war it's an evil,
but the wars that were fought in the battlefields,
by the soldiers who were truly brave,
was better in the sense that it didn't affect much,
the common people, with a few ugly exceptions,
places of worships and institutions of learning,
were not attacked, at least women and children
were not killed though often they were sold as slaves.
The nuclear weapons deterred the war of brave soldiers
but the war of cowards, the proxy wars, is more deadly.
Oh God! How long you will remain unconcerned?
Are the selfish generals and politicians sitting
in their safe and luxurious bunkers are beyond your grips?
And you are questioned more when innocent children
and the youths with dreams of future in their shining eyes,
are laid to rest being killed in a war of cowards fought in your name,
should I delete Love from the list of your names?
(Being deeply grieved on an attack of terror at Bacha Khan University, Chasada, Pakistan. At least 20 students including a professor were killed.)
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