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Author Name: Freeoldguy 4 Comments
Date Added: October 10, 2012 11:10:12 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Type: Free Verse
Category: Philosophy Add To Favorites | Text Only
Who Wins

Of what use
is an aircraft carrier
in defeating
a single, suicide bomber,
 a tank-fortified battalion
in stopping
an invisible man?
We can build dikes,
dams and levies
to control swollen rivers,
but still the rain falls,
unchallenged ...
finding each weak spot,
wearing away at it
until it breaks under
the pressure of a dove's feather.
Mighty steel
and immense power
can't push a wet noodle
up a flight of stairs,
nor, can they cause a patriot
to lose his passion
for freedom's call.
We are at danger
of innialation
by our own pride
no matter how much
we flex our
military muscles.
They are worthless without
being able to see
our hidden enemies.
You'd think 
we'd already know this
after Vietnam.
Sun Tzu taught us
his unbeatable strategies
and yet ...
we haven't learned.

Author's Notes:
Sun Tzu was responsible for training a 30,000 man army which defeated his enemy's 300,000 man army. His strategies have been utilized ever since in small countries protecting themselves from invading hordes.  Will we never learn?
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Comment By: PremiumHarry William Harborne on October 12, 2012 04:39:18 AM Report
I meant great worK my friend.
Comment By: PremiumHarry William Harborne on October 12, 2012 04:32:50 AM Report
This is so in tune with my own thoughts, I was absolutely against invading Iraq and Afghanistan,  Not only because Iraq had no connections to terrorism but because I felt it was largely about oil and other resources. I was also saddened and shocked that America, ( once the bastion of freedom and justice, the suppoerter of the little guy) dropped its long term support of the Geneva convention and supported torture  and imprisonment without trial on a grand scale. Once we abandon our principles we have lost the moral high ground and ultimately the war.  The terrorists were a tiny minority of religious fanatics, after Bushes war on "Turr" entire nations have bcome terrorists. Great worl my friend.     Bill
Comment By: FreeAlistair Muir on October 12, 2012 12:05:02 AM Report
We rarely do learn Gene -- such is the nature of the beast -- a marvellous write --


Comment By: FreeFirestone Feinberg on October 11, 2012 10:39:27 AM Report
A phenomenal poem.  It seems to me you have taken a leap into a new ground.  A very fertile ground too.  --David


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