Skip to main content

Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.

-- William Saroyan

Of course, this is the season to be jolly, but it is also a good time to be thinking about those who aren't.

-- Helen Valentine

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.

-- Stephen Vincent Benet
"Litany for Dictatorships"

O Little Town of Ramadi

(words and music
by Justice Putnam)

(roughly to the tune "O Little Town of Bethlehem")

O little town of Ramadi,
How still we see thee lie!
Above we creep above your dreamless sleep
As silent as stars we go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
Our Everlasting Might!
The hopes and fears of all these years
Are met in thee tonight.

For we have deemed thee worthy
As we gathered all above
To see who sleeps and those who keep
Their lives from our eyes above.
O mourning cries together
Proclaim another death,
By bombs come from the clouds
Above and kissed with fiery breath!

Now silently, Now silently
The wondrous gift is given!
As body parts and human hearts
Are blasted to high heaven.
No ear will hear our coming;
As we bash the front door in,
Where meek souls will receive us, still
And no one will know our sins.

O little Child of Ramadi,
We bombed your house today
We cast out our sin, as we enter in,
And pillage what’s left away.
We hear the Christian Angels
Their great glad tidings say;

Obey you must, abide you must,
A secret prison is only steps away!

© 2006 by Justice Putnam
Fleur de Sel Musique
and Mechanisches-Strophe Verlagswesen

(cross posted on

Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots on Sun Dec 17, 2006 at 10:45 PM PST.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site