Sue Jeffers

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compassion fatigue


tell me what do you think as you sit in your chair
which kind of bomb you'd rather fall from the air
to cut off your head and then burn up your hair
hey, how about one with humanitarian flair
there's a difference said the president biting his lip
if dad's killed by a serbian (terrorist) with a gun at his hip
or mom is blown up by a smart bomb that slips
maybe it changes the way the blood drips
and compassion fatigue, yes compassion fatigue
the us cannot get compassion fatigue
and forget who the victims are supposed to be
because NATO (our) mission has got to succeed

on sixty minutes mrs. albright did say that
one hundred fifty iraqi children dying each day
from the sanctions enforced by the us of a
is a price that is high but she's willing to pay
we'll keep killing those kid's until we get our way
now she is scowling as she comes from the screen
and speaks of a kosova ethnically clean
she's making the case that its much more obscene
than a hospital bombed from a computer screen
and the us cannot get compassion fatigue
and she says
compassion fatigue, yes compassion fatigue
the us cannot get compassion fatigue
if we happen to bomb the folks trying to flee
it's all part of the mission and you can't blame me

we've bombed hospitals trains and a vegetable mart
but it wasn't our fault and our bombs are all smart
the chinese should have left when they saw the war start
the killing must stop and we're doing our part
targets are programmed before pilots aim
if people are there well we just can't be blamed
we'll apologize daily and still feel no shame
when you're fighting a war it's all part of the game
and compassion fatigue yes compassion fatigue
the us cannot get compassion fatigue
since folks start getting squeamish when we make people bleed
the news reports here will just have to stay clean

depleted uranium's been dropped near your farms
but look at iraq, there's no cause for alarm
and if your next child is born with no arms
don't come crying to us cause we meant you no harm
radioactive shells, yes we have dropped
and some of the dust may have settled on your crops
and we'll do it again and you can't make us stop
'cause the war crimes tribunal won't try the world's cops
and compassion fatigue yes compassion fatigue
the us cannot get compassion fatigue
and folks can't start to question all that shit on tv
or they might start demanding that we desist and cease

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