A poem contributed by - David H Lewis
- No title was provided so I am using "Hotel Gitmo"
Dear Mr President
I write to seek your interest in the case of David Hicks
Who's been at Hotel Gitmo, five years or is it six?
Altho' he much appreciates your hospitality (NOT!)
Enough's enough, the time has come for David to be free.
"Honor bound" to fight for freedom is Gitmo's noble creed
So we're hoping you'll live out this creed and David will be freed.
Why David's there at all is not an edifying tale -
Your soldiers paid a grand for him (!) and slung him into jail.
So apart from minor scruples about BUYING fellow men
It's clear that Hotel Gitmo hasn't won you any friends,
For it betrays the founding principles your nation holds so dear
And it's sad to see ideals being trashed in panic, shock and fear.
Thank God your nation's judges took a more enlightened view
Declaring it illegal and that you should start anew
But instead of finding other ways to persecute these men
You have the chance to start afresh and really make amends
To show some generosity, admit mistakes occurred,
Set David and the others free - to keep them now's absurd.
In any case they're all just far more trouble than they're worth
Cos' Gitmo's now regarded as the meanest place on earth,
And after all this time there's no way justice can be served:
From trying to work outside the law you got what you deserved -
A Godalmighty legal mess that stains your country's name
And shows the world that YOU'RE the biggest threat to freedom's flame!
So seize this chance to close it down and set your prisoners free
Stand by your country's claim to be the land of liberty
To hold these men for yet more time will only make things worse
And show the world AMERICA is really freedom's curse
The USA v Mr Hicks is like David and Goliath
And we all remember how that went and who laid down and dieth!
see also Terror Shmerror !