Of September 11, 2001

8. Yes  -  We  Are At  War 

Consultations were made

The verdict  was  passed

Guilty as charged

The President had spoken

“We are at war - make no mistakes”


 War drums beating, soldiers marching

War planes flying, war ships sailing

Battle tanks moving, cannons roaring

Mothers crying but children asking

Who are we fighting?



Who is the enemy?

Where is the enemy?

Is he in the mountains?

“Let us go - get him”

Or is he in our hearts?


 Is this a war between

Those who blow up planes?

Bring down the tall buildings

And kill civilians and children


Or is this a war against

Those who keep their heads up

Spirit high and resolve strong

And keep the dreams alive

Those who give love not hate?


 Is this a war between

Those who destroy offices

Beautiful families and homes

Mosques, synagogues and churches

And flower gardens too?


Or is this a war against those

Who tie bonds of friendship and love

Among neighbors and faith communities

Then pray for peace

To the lonely and sad God?


Is this a war between

Those who call all Muslims terrorists

Then terrorize them with

Their tongues, pens and hands

To make them feel low?


Or is this a war against those

Who “love thy neighbor”

Respect Islam and Muslims

Treat them as their own

Defend and protect them?


 Is this a war between those

Who call themselves Christians

And those who ARE Christians

Who call them selves Muslims

And those who ARE Muslims?


Between Good and Evil ,Love and Hate

The war is on - choose your side

Choose our enemy - choose your friend

I am not your enemy - I am your friend

Choose your weapon - mine is my pen


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Shahid Athar, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Indiana University School of Medicine
8424 Naab Road
Suite 2D
Indianapolis, IN 46260