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When Will The Conqueror Know He Has Won


  • How many Palestinians must be killed before Israel feels safe? 
  • How many Arab states must submit to American demands before the deal is made? 
  • How many threats must Notley direct towards BC before the people of Alberta recognize her efforts for the oil industry? 
  • How many Canadian tax dollars must be awarded to Kinder Morgan before they are satisfied?
  • How many Aboriginal people must die of poverty, poison, suicide, and murder before Canada provides the services they need? 
  • How many African Americans must be incarcerated before white people feel supreme?
  • How many populist movements must win before the little guy realizes he was lied to?
  • How many scape-goats must be punished before we realize they were never to blame?
  • How many democracies must crumble into fascism before we realize what has been lost?
  • How many decades of 'free trade' will it take before we understand it was only free for the corporations, not for the people?
  • How many wars must be fought before the strategists are satisfied they have emptied the earth of the common people?
  • How many hours of our lives will it take to convince the system that it cannot thrive without justice and a clean environment?

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