President Obama is sending thirty
Thousand troops to Afghanistan to uphold
Human values of democracy and peace:
There are those who contest the decision, but the
Action is its own evidence of power.
So it was in the Iraq war, what occurred
Was in the interest of those same human values
Of democracy and peace, much disputed
Then and since, but overriding all
In the event its own evidence of power.
In history, the outcome of any conflict
In victory determines the establishment
Of right, empires rise and fall, every stage
Its own evidence of power, distilled in time
To human values of democracy and peace.
To the present, every regime conducts itself
Its own evidence of power - Ah! There’s the rub:
Though democracy and peace enshrine itself
In a United Nations assembly, the clash
In interests summons the evidence of power.