Storyville, Under the Wire, BBCiPlayer
Posted by celticman on Mon, 18 Feb 2019
Unhappy is the land that needs heroes Bertolt Brecht.
A Private War directed by Matthew Heinemann and staring Rosamund Pike as the heroic shambles that was Marie Colvin is in cinemas now. I see no need to see it. It’s all here in Under the Wire. Based on a book by Paul Conroy and his experience in the massacres at Homs. Here we are at the last stand.
13th February 2012, war-correspondent Marie Colvin and photographer Paul Conroy entered war-ravaged Syria. Homs.
Taste and see.
No sense of victory.
Through the lens of an eye
We witness a baby die
Her rage is pure
That’s not me
And not you
Common sense advises us not to pry
Humanity hunts and dies here
In a world of fear
Homs an exit strategy and obscenity
Little trace and little trade
Clinics bombed and shot
Barbed wire in every cot
Put stuff on a chair
It’s no longer there
On a bloody easy bed
Whoosh, barrel bombs and gas
World splintered and gone mad
Tourniquet on a leg
Three feet and so many dead
A reporter for The Sunday Times
Reports victims of war crimes
Assad you war criminal and crook
Where no words can cross the void
Vanity, vanity, vanity, of the house of Assad
May god judge you –soon
We pray every day
A black eye patch will appear
To tell hell how it was when you were here
Your legacy will be not judged by history
But the best you put to rest