“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…”
These words come from “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus, and can be found at the exhibit on Liberty Island.
It was a very different America, when the statue first went up. The Roman Goddess of freedom represented by the 151 foot tall statue on Liberty Island stood as a symbol of hope and welcome – for the millions that braved the seas for a brighter future.
Today off course the story is very different. Specially if you come from a country on the US watch list.
You can be Rich, you can be Affluent, you can be an Elected Representative or even Military Brass and still expect Libertas to treat you like the tired, poor, scum that she no longer needs; and God forbid if you are a commoner, she may even ask you to undress.
If that wasn’t enough, the US under the guise of making travel to its ports less cumbersome for Pakistani’s has now come up with a new solution.
According to the Express Tribune (03-01-11) “The United States has sought access to the records of all passengers flying from Pakistan’s airports in a proposal which Washington believes will help prevent terror suspects reaching its soil.”
and the punchline… “Washington believes this step would ensure Pakistani passangers have a ‘trouble free’ journey.”
So if this request is honored by our obedient (read: corrupt) lawmakers, you will now be harassed by ignorant white trash not at Newark or JFK but instead, by the whiteman at Jinnah International and BB International Airports right here in Pakistan.
As trying as it has been, i feel i have succeeded in keeping a lock on the obscenities, and will only express the way i feel in lines pinched and morphed so that i may call them ‘my own’
“Ghark ho tumhari posheedgi,
Bhar may jaye Qaumi Salamti,
Aakhir Goray kai dum say tum ho,
Tum say woh nahin.”