Another Lovely War


Economy a bit slow?
Population too high?
Domestic criticisms mounting?
Unity out of stride?

Don't worry –
Politicians have known
since ages old
the best solution
to internal problems
are external scapegoats.

Find some country to invade
while mentioning patriotism
& starting parades.

With proper manipulation
& enough disinformation
the majority
can be geared for war.

Invent a plausible context;
any excuse will do –
reasons won't matter
if consumer prices hit the roof.

There's nothing like a wonderful war
to unite a country
& make people feel
life's worth dying for.

Another Lovely War - an art work by T Newfields
Sam: Wasn't this how Bush started the war in Iraq?
Terri: I'm afraid it's how most wars began.
Kris: Maybe so, but with nuclear weapons this formula no longer seems viable – it's frightenly easy to destroy all human life.
Tim: Yeah, we need more more wisdom and compassion.
Ted: Or else something better than human life.