CRUEL WAR MAKES PEACE SECURE
Only peaceniks and fools
are against the bombings
Softies who just don't
understand what a good bombing
Softies who just can't
see that killing
is necessary for the advance
Senator John McCain
wanted ground troops
many Republicans and Democrats
were eager to get Bill to
stop the foreplay
stop the masturbating
and go the whole hog!
Now Dubya owns the missile.
And the Big Hard Boys
tell us that civilization
is made safe by
war, by killing,
by hard blows against the enemy
like, well, Genghis Khan and
Tamerlane wiped out those thousands
of Persians and made Central Asia
And the Turks, you know they
solved the Balkans' problems
when they beat the Serbs at Kossovo
in 1389, there's been peace ever
And the Romans invaded the German forest
didn't they and taught those tribesmen
a lesson, making the Mediterranean
and Gaul and Helvetia safe for ever
after from Germanic invasion
Oh but Napoleon raged back and forth
across Europe, all for fraternity
and equality, bringing an end to all those little wars between petty states
marching all the way
to Moscow to show the Russians
that Bonaparte means icy peace!
And the US Army marched
the Cherokees, Creeks, Choctaws, and
Chickasaws from their homelands
to Oklahoma, making the South the
home of the free, the brave, and the
slaves, and, you know, there never was a civil war!.
Let us tell of the French, British and Turks sacrificing
thousands, the flower of youth,
in the charge of the light brigade
in the Crimea, against the horrible
Russians, saving the Black Sea for
Shall we relate how the French
calling up their troops
in 1870 to prevent the German Empire
from unifying as with peans of
glory they lost Alsace-Lorraine and
guaranteed a century of peace!
And after an Austrian archduke died
the European powers called up their
troops and launched a major
world-wide blood-letting, to
make the whole earth know the benefits
of an era of peace, the annihilation
of the Prussian war machine forever!
But the Japanese sent armies pouring
into China and all of Asia to
show that an East Asia Co-prosperity
Sphere will grow from the profound
silence of many honorable graves.
So it is that any fool can see
that war and might and bombs
and tanks and missiles are
civilization's building blocks,
that war makes peace, war builds
bridges of understanding,
war heals wounds, war makes
thoughts of revenge disappear, war
cleans, purifies, that
"Cruel war makes peace secure"
"la guerra dura haze la paz Segura."
Old Kim Il Sung thought that
with guns he could unify Korea
while Dugout Doug
was sure that by pushing to the Yalu
he could bring China into the war
and thus, with immense armies slaughtering
each other, the Chinese and Korean peoples
could be dragged into the sunlight of unity and peace.
For Saddam has taught us:
War makes peace
War will win the hearts of Iranians
War will bring the Kuwaitis to our bosom
War will teach the Kurds the joy of
And the Turks agree, killing Kurds
and George Bush agrees, killing Iraqis
and Bill Clinton agrees, killing Sudanese,
Afghans, Iraqis, Serbs.
And so, century after century,
Politicians and generals,
our august leaders,
have taught us the sure recipe
for love and reconciliation --
bombs! not words!
bullets! not dialogue!
Pride must be protected!
Credibility must be maintained!
Faces must be saved!
For it is better that mothers
that babies should starve
that children should perish
that men should be scarred
than that our leaders of state
should suffer one moment
one crack in their masks
28 April 1999, revised 8 October 2001