Another Child, Another War

from by Mick Blake

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During Operation Protective Edge, the Israeli assault on Gaza during the Summer of 2014, 547 Palestinian children and 1 Israeli child lost their lives. Anyone who dared criticise the actions of the Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza was branded an anti-semite.

In August of that year, the Deputy Israeli Ambassador to Ireland, Ms Nurit Tinari-Modai, gave an interview in Hebrew to IDF radio during which she was asked about Ireland’s reaction to Israel's actions in Gaza.
She suggested that Irish society consisted of three groups - there was the ‘Indifferent Majority,’ the ‘Righteous Gentiles’ who are activists for Israel and "the anti-Semitic, brutish masses who harbour a profound, deep-rooted, rapacious hatred of Jews."


Another Child Another War

In Amsterdam in 44, behind a secret attic door,
She takes the diary from the drawer to mark another day
For two years now, as darkness falls, safe within these attic walls
She finds it harder to recall when life was not this way

She scribbles down her hopes and dreams, all that she will be,
When the war is over and her family is free
But then one sunny August day, they came to steal her life away
in Amsterdam, in 44, another child another war

A different time, a different land, she clings on to her mother's hand,
And rushes to find refuge through the turmoil and the tears
For two weeks now, as rockets fly, no Iron Dome to guard her sky
She looks on as her little world slowly disappears

And in a place of learning she seeks solace for a while
Her brother hums a lullaby, her sobs break into smiles
But sometime in the dead of night, they took her in a blaze of light
In Palestine just like before, another child another war

Now in some corner of the sky, perhaps those girls sit side by side
And look down on the mayhem, wondering will they ever learn
For when an infant's life is lost, in siege or war or holocaust
The Rubicon has just been crossed, the bridge has just been burned

And those who try to justify will tell us it makes sense
How dropping bombs on children is an act of self defence
For Fatherland or Promised land, on orders on those in command
Who tell us we don't understand, another child another war


from Oblivious, released March 17, 2017
Vocals, piano, string and horn arrangements - Mick Blake



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Mick Blake Leitrim Village, Ireland

Mick Blake is a singer/songwriter, originally from Letterkenny, now living in Leitrim. His songs have a strong social message. Christy Moore included "Oblviious" on his 2016 album "Lily".

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