On the Middle East

Three hundred years ago Europeans were sadistic,
Tortured and enslaved their fellow-men,
Not to mention women-folk. Let’s be realistic.

Some Arab countries may take quite as long again
History takes eons to evolve in different places,
Different situations, different mores, different races.

We can’t teach them to be civilized by killing and by torture,
Only by example.They’re not invading, Our whole future
Isn’t threatened by the occasional act of terror.

Take precautions, but don’t antagonize, don’t retaliate.
If we do it’s inevitable the feud will escalate.

Play it down as you do with bullies in the playground.
Use the web as a weapon. Use the internet to mould.
Snare with honey, not with vinegar, till democracy takes hold.