THE IRAQ WAR FOLLY
“Knowing what we know now, did President George W. Bush make
a huge mistake in invading Iraq?” (The Week, May 29, 2015)
Informed historians say a war we fought
Is now adjudged to have been waged for naught
Since all that death, destruction, misery
Derived from an aberrant fantasy,
And I allowed myself to go along
With what I might have figured out was wrong
If only I’d been conscious and attentive
And urged a policy that was preventive.
I wonder if there’ll ever come a time
When anything like war will be a crime,
A childish motivation then outgrown,
The seeds of which no longer will be sown.
The greatest leap humanity may take
Will be toward wisdom—humane and awake.