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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Blumio on Syria

Blumio is a German rapper of Japanese descent. He has a feature on Yahoo! Deutsch called "Rap da News." There are 144 episodes so far. Blumio's take on contemporary events provides a window into the left end of acceptable opinions in Germany. Many thanks to Olliver Wichmann for translating the below. It is not an endorsement of Blumio's opinions.


Blumio 143


Hello Germany, hello Yahoo,

My name is Blumio and this is “Rap da News”
This week we'll look into the situation in Syria

The world was watching closely like never before
At the UN summit in New York
a lot of big talk was going on
Meanwhile in Syria people are struggling for their lives

Short summary: Assad and Putin are best friends
They are kind of like Robin and Batman
Assad in particular likes human rights, quite honestly
In his eyes each government opponent is a terrorist

And terrorists may be tortured and shot
Thus, he can wage war against his own people
The problem is that the so-called rebels
do consist of many terrorists

From Al Qaeda offshoots to Islamic State
which aren't exactly very close to each other
Even between rebels there is fighting going on
The people there have experienced it first hand

And a large share has arrived from abroad
want to overthrow Assad by Islamist insurgency
Moderate rebels, whatever that may be
get their weapons from the Saudis, Turkey and Qatar

Because even they and their allies want Assad gone
and wonder how to topple him quickly
But the plan to hand over arms to the rebels
wasn't exactly clever

Because IS is taking away their weapons
or they go over to IS – yeah, awesome
They were confronted with that error very quickly
So they concluded we have to drop bombs ourselves

And after the US and its allies
have bombed IS with mediocre success
especially Turkey hitting Kurdish fighters
who also fight IS yet nobody says a word against it

Russia plays the saviour and says:
We know how to bomb better
and the Putin fans in Germany get excited because
“Finally, someone is taking tough action again”

However not only IS was hit but civilians
who are against Assad – therefore terrorists?
The Russians say: “We did hit the IS”
Whom to believe remains open after all

A dictator fights against the people and islamists
NATO against the dictator and also islamists
That is, not all islamists, only the most extreme
the nice islamists are armed with weapons

Erdogan is against the dictator and islamists
and against the Kurds – but only a little
Putin fights for the dictator but against islamists
In some cases islamists fight against islamists

The gulf states are against the dictator
although they themselves have dictators
to which Germany is selling weapons in large amounts
the gulf states hand these over to the islamists

and some 100,000 deaths later
everyone in New York is lecturing schoolmasterly
they want to reconcile a little
but admitting errors is so hard to do

To hell with your geopolitics
Syrian people are humans just like me
humans who died humans now fleeing
Man, get a grip already and end this war!

For as the saying goes:
Power hungry toddlers should not be armed with heavy weaponry




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1 comment:

x larry said...

oh blumio...
why'd ya haffta get in bed wid yahoo!!!!?????
yo yo ex larry say 'lamio'

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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.