Because I was none of those.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists and the political activists, and I did not speak out--
Because I was none of those either.
Then the Communists came for the 'dissidents' and, still, I did not speak out--
Because I was comfortable in the West!
Then Bosnian took Serb and Serb took Bosnia, and saddened, I watched--
Safe in the knowledge that I was a long way away!
Then they took away the Tutsi, but 'Never Again' meant that where I was--
So I watched the TV news and was glad it was happening far from home!
Then it happened again, this time in Darfur--
But where's that I asked myself, changing channels.
Now it's happening in Syria, but lessons are learned--
Our government decided to be sensible at last and look the other way:
After all, they'll never come for me - will they?
What? They will?
That's OK, I'm sure they will be someone to speak out and make a stand for me ...
Apologies to Martin Niemöller
'All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.'