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The Warrior Ethos

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The Warrior Ethos

The commandant stands,

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All misty-eyed, in camouflage,

At the podium in front of his troops.

Intones about honor,

And duty, and "family",

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Propagandizing his legion of dupes.

And being a man

Of simple convictions,

He conjures some words from his Bible

To lead them all down

A path to destruction

For which he's averse to be liable.

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Isn't it strange

How for every percent

The unemployment increases,

Enlistment goes up

A half a percent?

One wonders where it all ceases.

We're told to believe

It's some kind of calling.

It all ends up economic.

With all of the pomp

And rhetorical nonsense,

The war drums persist, metronomic.

What would be wrong

With an ethos of peace

Without all the violence preceding?

Before there can be

Compassion and loving,

There has to be crying and bleeding.

The lie is, by now,

Three thousand years old.

How long will deception persist?

If there is a God,

He must be impatient.

We have to do better than this...


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