Friday, 16 December 2011

Then Conquer We Must

Say, can you see by Thursday's lunchtime gleam
That flag come down upon the latest end
Of our crusaders' mission to extend
Their petrol-powered, cluster-bombing dream?
Say, can you see the cost in western lives,
In dollars and in sterling plain and dear?
The cost to lesser people is less clear:
Among sectarians, truth seldom thrives.

Say, can you see this brutal, honest truth?
We must not be afraid to face reality,
Or learn convenient lessons if we can.
These natives, so ungrateful and uncouth,
Iraq's weapons of mass ethereality,
Must not make us afraid to bomb Iran.

© Philip Challinor

US exit from Iraq: 'this is not a withdrawal, this is an act on a stage'
Philip blogs at 'The Curmudgeon' - He insists, "You'll come for the curses. You'll stay for the mudgeonry." Philip is the author of a number of books.