political science (or: on the uses of propaganda)

we do not make war
because we have an enemy –
we make enemies because
we let slip the dogs of war
or [in less Shakespearean
more common parlance]
we manufacture enemies
to meet the needs
of armaments industries.

is this a poem?
(it began as a lump in the throat –
does that count? )

In all my years I never met anyone
in favour of war – and that includes
variously starred generals.
This leads me to contend
we must be being brainwashed into them
and, as they say in detective fiction,
if you wanna understand
just follow the money




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