In Defense of Soft Targets

(Propaganda jargon and civil engineering)

Indians had no cannon
Algerians, Kenyans, Koreans,
Congolese, all Africans,
not to mention a few Chinese
For centuries past,
in century present
with aims sincere
could no gentle
(white) man
endear.
Where are those
Western values
cherished
at whose hands
whole peoples perished?
Where is that order
here maintained
closing hospitals and schools
profits to maintain?
Who feeds their armies
to starve the poor
Whose mouths
with stolen wealth
are fed
Whose bombs
destroy Syrian hospital beds?
Whose wolf
alone in Benghazi breeds?
Who owns the pack,
Who sows the seeds?
For centuries past
in century present
white gentlemen
defend their fellows
slaying soft targets
black, brown or yellow.

• Another “puff” piece of hypocritical “justification” appeared in the Portuguese daily O Publico (24 March 2017) p. 5. It is the kind of standard issue piece that appears in all the mainstream media to reiterate the official line that State-funded and managed mercenary operations are independent and that armed propaganda is motivated by foreign religious doctrines.

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