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    A morning cup of coffee needed
    A gunman oozed a hate exceeded
    To change the world by violence sought
    A gunman kills two as sorrow wrought
    Shed tears for a loving mother’s lost embrace
    And a lost partner struck down in a hero's grace
    We grieve for our innocence now lost
    Our Australian home counts the cost
    A sea of flowers to help in the healing
    The scent of flowers to heaven appealing
    A bride’s bouquet is love’s great hope
    Placed to find together a peace to cope.

    On 15–16 December 2014, a lone gunman, Man Haron Monis, held hostage ten customers and eight employees of a Lindt chocolate café located at Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. Police treated the event as a terrorist attack, and negotiated with Monis throughout the day. After a 16-hour standoff, during which areas of the Sydney central business district surrounding the site were cordoned off and nearby buildings locked down, police officers from the Tactical Operations Unit stormed the café upon hearing gunshots from inside. At least one hostage was shot by Monis, who himself was shot dead after police entered in response. Hostages Katrina Dawson (solicitor & mother) and Tori Johnson died, while three other hostages and a police officer were injured during the police raid. Ordinary people placed bouquets of flowers in Martin Place. The following weekend a Muslim bride came and placed her bridal bouquet with the other flowers.

    Last edited by [email protected]; 01-25-2015, 10:02 PM.

  • #2
    After today's sad news

    Not in my name
    I was programmed by my genes
    And by my family not to demean
    For my Christian teachings agree
    To help the oppressed to be free
    And give us all a clear indication
    How to behave within our nation.

    I wonder how I would have felt
    If as a Muslim believer I was dealt
    Others as a terrorist in my name
    Cutting heads off for the fame
    Or would mighty Allah teach me
    To listen kindly to their plea?
    Last edited by [email protected]; 01-25-2015, 02:56 AM. Reason: this flows better


    • #3
      Hey, nice. Shows that Muslims aren't bad people.


      • #4
        Thanks for that. Need to know that idiots don't rule the world and the truth needs to be known.