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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 in Politics and Rants |

For a week, I’ve had “Do You Hear the People Sing? song from les miserables stuck in my head. As image after image come through from Egypt, it keeps ringing,

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

…and then the thugs come out and start beating people. And then they trash museums and poison their own countrymen. And you know what they respond with? Protecting their brotherhood who stop fighting for freedom to pray; protect their museums; protect each other. And when the un-obeyed curfew rises in the morning, they are there again.

Will you join in our crusade?
Who will be strong and stand with me?
Beyond the barricade
Is there a world you long to see?
Then join in the fight
That will give you the right to be free!

…and now they are beating non-Egyptians, journalists, amnesty workers and teachers. Now they are gearing up to punish the people fighting for their basic rights to live freely. And instead of retreating, they bring onions to put over their mouths to cover the tear gas and work without sleep in the makeshift hospital in the lobby of the mosques.

Will you give all you can give
So that our banner may advance
Some will fall and some will live
Will you stand up and take your chance?
The blood of the martyrs
Will water the meadows of France!

…and journalists are reporting that they are afraid for tomorrow, a holy day in the Islam faith. They are afraid of what will happen in retaliation to the peaceful protestors, they are afraid of what the government doesn’t want them to see, doesn’t want them to report. And we wait here, around the world making spaghetti and meatballs, going to playdates and drinking wine while they fight for their lives.

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
When tomorrow comes!