Strategic Hamlet(s)

(Welcoming War in Legislative Assembly)

The clapping stops, the hall he enters
Passing every face
Taking every breath
His chest with metal shrouded
No voice, no stir needs
The plenary crowded
Chasing smiles
From every face
Tapping parliamentary tiles
With dripping death

Voting passion, sheer ignominy
One party for greed, the other, stupidity
Faking peace, while making war
Stealing billions and billions more
The action all planned years before
The graves unsealed, the end unknown
The parts to play as limbs are severed
The deafened ears and blood congealed
Concussive action from every drone

Fondly feeling every projectile
Rushing forth to play their part
Thrusting from the stage toward trenches
Crushed by rage
Pierced through the heart.

Nor is there to ask the question
Ending doubt or discontent
When Europa malice in progress dresses
Columbia’s villainy to wed,
Iron men need iron maidens
Trains of falsehood bearing
Weeping acid tears
To bleach the dead

• On 4 December 2015, the German Bundestag voted to deploy its military to join the US war against Syria: 445 against 145, with seven abstentions. In the coalition of the CDU/CSU over which the US sock puppet Angela Merkel presides delivered 289 votes together with the coalition partner, SPD’s 153 votes for adding Syria to the current Afghanistan and Mali portfolio of warmongering. The Grünen delivered 3 “yes” votes to ice the cake. Only 28 SPD deputies and 2 CDU deputies voted against their parties. Die Linke voted “no” with all 62 deputies present. 53 of the 63 Green Party deputies voted against the government’s motion. Motions by Die Linke to stop arms exports to the region, including terrorist states like Saudi Arabia and Qatar, were defeated.

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Dr T.P. Wilkinson writes, teaches History and English, directs theatre and coaches cricket between the cradles of Heine and Saramago. He is author of Unbecoming American: A War Memoir and also Church Clothes, Land, Mission and the End of Apartheid in South Africa. Read other articles by T.P..