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‘An Epitaph on a Government of Mercenaries’
2000-2008

It is a God-damned lie to say that these
Saved, or fought, or knew, anything worth any nation’s pride.  
They wrecked two countries and used their servile press
To justify heinous torture and unearned death,
Crutching their lame arguments along on the bones of the dead.
They were unelected scoundrels, and they took
Their blood money, and their callous risks, and lied.
When  they were done, (though they suppressed the facts)
Near half a million had fallen to their heartless acts.

In spite of all their kind some elements of worth
With difficulty occupy a still-living earth.

h/t Hugh McDiarmid

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