First they came…

First they came… är en dikt som många tror att Pastor Martin Niemöller har skrivit. Niemöller (1892 – 1984) var en tysk Teolog som motsatte sig Nazismen och blev fängslad i koncentrationslägren i 8 år.

Under originaldikten så finns det en version som Stephen Rohde har knåpat ihop. Rohde är en Amerikansk konstitutionsadvokat, författare och politisk aktivist. Här är dikten uppdaterad för att passa bättre in på det rådande politiska klimatet i USA.

First they came

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out,
because I was not a communist.

Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out,
because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out,
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out,
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Rev. Martin Niemoller


First they came

First they came for the Muslims, and I didnt speak up,
because I wasnt a Muslim.

Then they came to detain immigrants indefinitely solely upon the certification of the Attorney General, and I didnt speak up,
because I wasnt an immigrant.

Then they came to eavesdrop on suspects consulting with their attorneys, and I didnt speak up,
because I wasnt a suspect.

Then they came to prosecute non-citizens before secret military commissions, and I didnt speak up,
because I wasnt a non-citizen.

Then they came to enter homes and offices for unannounced “sneak and peek” searches, and I didnt speak up,
because I had nothing to hide.

Then they came to reinstate Cointelpro and resume the infiltration and surveillance of domestic religious and political groups, and I didnt speak up,
because I had stopped participating in any groups.

Then they came for anyone who objected to government policy because it aided the terrorists and gave ammunition to Americas enemies, and I didnt speak up,
because… I didnt speak up.

Then they came for me…
and by that time no one was left to speak up.

Stephen F. Rohde, Esq

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