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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Kuala Lumpa Games

Water-boarding champion, George W. Bush,
chooses not to defend his record in Kabul, Bagh-
dad, or even US-sponsored exhibitions, hush!
to an unknown Uzbekistani gulag.
His world record of extraordinary renditions, hush!
remains unsurpassed; and his survival
is resting on a torturous regime, hush!
that eliminates the chances of a rival.
And one such rival, enigmatic Tony Blair,
has run him close; nobody can begrudge
Blair’s charismatic efforts to compare himself
to Bush. As he says himself: “History will judge”.

© John Goss

Symbolic war crimes tribunal tries Bush, Blair
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John Goss has a degree in International Studies from the University of Birmingham. He is a lyricist and playwright.

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