The Business of Empire

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The
mergers and acquisitions department at Foggy Bottom,
the greatest of all dealmakers, is hot.
They bring all the buyers and sellers together,
Whether they like it or not.

They’ve
found a three-for-one blue plate special;
A Buckeye for three units from Iraq.
Monday’s sale is six Afghans for a Corn Husker
And ten thousand Persians for a Pontiac.

What
a bazaar we have in the business of empire!
Where captains of this industry are pinstriped Morloch
Who put the lives of their countrymen on sale,
And customers must pay in blood for stock.

Caveat
emptor!

April
14, 2003

Thomas
R. Eddlem

[send him mail] is the
editor of the Hanson Express
newspaper in Hanson, MA and is a regular contributor to The
New American
and Point
South
magazines.


     

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