The Rage of George
Rattling of Sabres
The Gods of War
In the Clouds
The Tyrant Flees
Out of Order
Doing the Patriot Act
The Little Prince
Ichor of the Gods
The Price of Peace
Dead or Alive
Across the Border
Summer in the City
Wolf and Jackal
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May 23rd the Euro hits its all-time high,
Global fortunes are now shifting;
America’s quick wartime success changes,
Becomes peacetime chaos, an embarrassment.
General Garner assigned to keep Iraqi peace,
Is replaced with L. Paul Bremer III.
Bremer, hard pressed to calm the chaos,
Begins to issue orders and hard-nosed directives.
First the Baathist Party is outlawed, dissolved,
Stripped of all but lower level bureaucrats.
Higher-ranking party members are rounded up,
Prime targets for war-crime prosecution.
These moves create a power vacuum at the top;
Without hierarchy, the underlings sit idle.
After years of working for Saddam’s party,
The rank and file members lack initiative,
Never trusted with anything important,
Their only asset is their lack of knowledge.
Bremer’s next directive: Dissolve Iraq’s army.
All weapons must be turned in to authorities,
Except hand guns, which can be kept at home.
This approach plays well in the U.S., NRA supported;
Having guns at home is the best way
To protect loved ones from intruders.
Now that Saddam has disappeared,
Iraq’s historic tribal clans rearm,
Old rivalries re-ignite as Western imposed
Boundaries dissolve, no longer buoyed
By Saddam’s police state. Collecting firearms
Will be no easy task.
A biased decision makes things even harder:
Kurds alone will be permitted to keep arms,
In repayment for allegiance to the West
Their 12-year no-fly zone’s preserved.
Shiites object to such favoritism,
Will refuse unless all factions are disarmed.
In the South, the Shiites gain control
Operate hospitals, orphanages and schools.
They separate girls from boys,
Force women to cover heads and hair,
Restrict their access to public spaces,
Relegate them to citizens second-class.
America gives lip service to self-rule
But declares it will take time, then
Strong-arms the U.N. into an agreement,
That lets America control Iraqi oil
Until an internationally recognized regime
Forms an “acceptable” government.
What’s acceptable is not defined,
But all agree, including France,
To a mandate that controls Iraq forever.
To install a puppet government takes time;
The anarchy in Baghdad and other cities
Play right into Foul Rumsfeld’s hands.
The coalition of the willing divvy up the spoils,
The British control Basra, as in 1917.
America plans to get the oil pumping.
Poland, which sent 200 soldiers
Gets a chunk of these fine Iraqi contracts,
Kickback from the Mob.
As for the coalition of the unwilling,
France, Russia and fine friend, Deutschland,
Conclude it’s time to be included,
Not relishing writing off large debts
Incurred by Saddam over years of sanctions.
Principle is one thing, profits yet another.
Russia’s Putin, Vlad the Impeller,
Fights Islamic separatists in Chechnya,
A protracted struggle waged without a partner.
Suicide bombings, murders and acts of terror
Happen daily. He’d like to get his hands
On those high-tech US weapons.
In Germany, the Chancellor, Herr Schroeder,
Still labors to consolidate both East and West.
Western Germany firmly in the 21st century,
The East is early 20th, gray and drab,
Dissipated by Communist corruption. He hopes
For increased BMW exports to the States.
In France, Le President has union problems,
Transport workers constantly strike.
The 35-hour working week, six weeks vacation
Guaranteed by law; his countrymen are accustomed
To a generous entitlement, and a long lunch.
He hopes the rising Euro covers budgetary strain.
U.S. tax cuts divert public attention
From record-breaking job losses.
Afraid of deflation or price collapse,
The Bush Administration
lets the dollar drop against the Euro.
Imports get expensive, U.S. goods get cheaper.
The god-blessed men in power
Ignore evidence of their economic failure.
By stimulating ever more consumption,
They destroy resources in record number.
Fish, precious metals, arable land, clean water.
The growth curve is unsustainable.
War on terror’s good distraction
But economic truth cannot be hidden forever.
The foreign debt of nations exceeds ability to pay,
The economy of the world is virtually bankrupt.
Poor countries are unable to catch up,
While rich ones only look that way on paper.