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November 16, 2009


When The Ta-Li-Ban Come Back

When the Ta-Li-Ban come back,

Then we girls will quit the school

For the acid they would throw

Would our faces burn away.


When the Ta-Li-Ban come back,

Women will not doctors be,

Jobs are not for such as us,

Worthless creatures owned by men,

They may beat us as they please.

When the Ta-Li-Ban come back,

I will marry old Rashid,

I must make a good third wife,

For I’m nine and just the age

Of the Prophet’s youngest bride

When she graced his marriage bed.

Peace should be upon his name,

He is perfect in all things.

Baby-wives obey and serve,

Keeping tears from off our cheeks.


When the Ta-Li-Ban come back,

Women then will know their place,

Mother must the burka wear,

Never show a man her face,

Father must go out with her,

Or they’ll whip her in the street.


When the Ta-Li-Ban come back,

Girls must not report a rape.

Lacking four Believers who

Testify it was by force,

They would scream beneath the stones,

Dying for adultery.


When America goes home,

And the Ta-Li-Ban come back,

We will know to thank you for

Living as our mothers lived,

All subservient to men,

Thirteen centuries ago.


~Robert A. Hall, Former SSgt, USMC

Permission to publish this blank-verse poem is granted to anyone with the courage. But remember Theo van Gogh and the Danish cartoonists.

  1. November 16, 2009 7:14 pm

    It’s amazing how much terrorists fear women.

    Rightly so – because if moms and wives and daughters and aunties were allowed to become more than property and actually think and contribute in Islamic countries, maybe things would be different.

    No, they DEFINITELY would be different. Call it better. MUCH better.

    No WONDER the terrorists fear them so much!

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 17, 2009 7:22 pm


      You’re right, but maybe it goes a little deeper than that.

      The religion itself (if you can call it a religion and not a disease) conditions the men to think of sex as something shameful and dirty.. So they grow up in a deeply conflicted state, torn between their genetic proclivities which causes the normal man to spread his seed, and their religion which has brainwashed them into thinking that their natural desires are in fact evil. So the net result is that they wind up taking out their rage on the women themselves. The women therefore become the victims of the religion.. It’s the same with homosexuals.. they hate them so violently because after spending so much time alone with other men & their goats, they subconsciously worry that they may be perverts themselves… which they are of course, but in a different way.

  2. betty boop permalink
    November 17, 2009 5:43 am

    That’s a scary poem, but the photo is even scarier. Why would men force their wives to dress in so menacing a look? Burkas certainly go a long way toward hiding bruises and abuse, but also rage, resentment and hate. They also discourage conversation, I imagine. These pathetic wives must be hot, (or cold), lonely, miserable and exhausted by the end of a day. What, seriously, is the attraction here? Uggghhh.

  3. peachey permalink
    November 17, 2009 11:35 am

    betty boop,
    I was under the impression that the purpose of the head scarf and the burka in the extreme as a symbol of humility and honor to Allah. This is the official story of the Muslims when they attempt to explain away the doctrine of Islam. However, ex-Muslims at my church refute this. The origins go back to the Islamic belief that women are demonic and lower than dogs. The purpose of the covering, especially the burka, is to “hide the women” from Allah having to look at them. Because the intent is so ridiculous, it is explained away as a moral decison based on honoring Allah. The passages in the Koran and Haddiths are very clear on the societal place of women and children. I am always insulted as to the dishonesty of the Islam apologists as they paint a revised and friendly face on Islamic core philosophy. Islam is Islam. There are no moderate Muslims, a fact that we must recognize in order to keep ourselves safe.

  4. November 22, 2009 12:14 pm

    Swemson, I really liked your comment.


    What’s wrong with spending time with other men and goats, anyway?

    You never need to shower.

    You have a steady supply of meat and milk.

    Who needs a real woman when you can just call the other shepherds “Nancy”?

    Now if they could just get Spandex out to the grazing area.

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 22, 2009 3:19 pm


      I assume you’ve heard the post coital banter, between the arab and his favorite goat.

      “Was it good for you Achmed ?

      Not Ba ha..ha..ha..bad !

      Speaking of Achmed, have you seen his show ?

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