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‘We have to fight to keep the peace
It’s not our fault we kill,
We fight to save a lot of lives
And not for some sick thrill.’

But what if someone called a war
And no-one did arrive?
All the innocents dying now
Each and everyone would survive.

Wars are fought for killing
And not to keep the peace,
The coalition of the willing
Puts a cease-fire out of reach.

And so we go on slaughtering
And tell ourselves it’s right,
We may not win, but we won’t lose
We have power; we have might.

But what if someone called a war
And no-one started killing,
The redneck league would start fuming
Because no blood was spilling.

© Copyright 2021 Philip Roberts
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

About this poem

Well we can hope. But unfortunately people allow themselves to be stirred up to a jingoist fervour too easily. From the politicians' point of view it is easier to stir up jingoistic racism, than to make the effort to actually run the country. Under Bush, Obama, Trump America went twenty years ungoverned, with all three evil tyrants relying upon jingoism to get them re/elected.

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