So we have rights
We have the right to life and liberty, to the pursuit of happiness
The right to worship however we like
to freedom of speech and expression
Sure we have some rights, and they make us who we are
We can defend them
But let's look at the people
on the other side of the world
Do they have these rights? not all of them do
Do they have the resources, the education, the freedom?
Sure, maybe we can help them out
Maybe we can use our influence for good
We can be benevolent
Wait a second, what did you say?
They're terrorists, is that the case?
War is the answer, is it now?
You want to talk about defense?
Well then I have two words for you
Look at the family in the refugee camp
waiting for aid and food.
Look at the woman crying over her child
who was injured in an explosion.
Look at the brave young man who died
protesting for liberty from oppression.
Look at the girl who was wrongfully tortured
for information she did not have.
Look at the building that was destroyed
while hundreds of people were still inside
Look at the congregation praying to their god
for us to have mercy on them
We did that. The great land of hope and opportunity
caused the deaths of those thousands of people.
Why? Not for our rights. Were they ever in danger?
No. It was because our politicians have egos the size of mountains
unsettlable as the storms
Because there was one person who took charge of one group
who carried out one mission on one day.
Now we take it out on whole countries?
What will it take for us to realize...
We don't have the RIGHT to say who is
and who is not a terrorist.
We don't have the RIGHT to take children
away from their families
or families away from their homes.
We don't have the RIGHT to say what is wrong
or what is right for anyone else.
And we certainly do not have the right
and never will
to say who is meant to live or die.
It does not take an extremist to realize
that violence is never the answer.
All it takes is a person with a heart and a conscience.
Why would we allow so many people to die
both on our side and on theirs
for something we do not have the right to decide?
Sure we have rights, and we should be grateful
but we also need to do
what is right.