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June 15, 2007
6:10 PM
The Fog of War

With apologies to "The House that Jack Built".


To Raoul Grossman

My friend Pat gave me twenty bucks
With which I bought some tasty snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

The next day the fierce opposition
Made national a coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

Upon the hearing of embargo
Then Russia dumped its tasty cargo
To gain a pretext for a war
For Kurile Islands as before
Against Imperial Japan
In favour of the free Taiwan
In which there was an opposition
That caused a general coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

Next week just for a look and see
Did CNN and BBC
Report the brewing of a war
Declared by Russia as before
That showing was its sharpened bristles
Ready to place atomic missiles
To seek redress for their lost cargo
In secret dumped for the embargo
To gain a pretext for a war
For Kurile Islands as before
Against Imperial Japan
In favour of the free Taiwan
In which there was an opposition
That caused a general coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

Then with the passion of a bull
Did North Korea its weight pull
Declaring sovereign ambition
And fervent Communist tradition
Not based at all on hearsay
From FBI or CIA
Whose western smug bourgeoisie
Let CNN and BBC
Report the brewing of a war
Declared by Russia as before
That showing was its sharpened bristles
Ready to place atomic missiles
To seek redress for their lost cargo
In secret dumped for the embargo
To gain a pretext for a war
For Kurile Islands as before
Against Imperial Japan
In favour of the free Taiwan
In which there was an opposition
That caused a general coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

Next with an unquiet mind
Was China not too far behind
By People's Council's high decision
Demanding history's revision
Calling for cultural retractions
Veiled by confections' manufacture
That was quite close to the idea
Behind the actions of Korea
Declaring sovereign ambition
And fervent Communist tradition
Not based at all on hearsay
From FBI or CIA
Whose western smug bourgeoisie
Let CNN and BBC
Report the brewing of a war
Declared by Russia as before
That showing was its sharpened bristles
Ready to place atomic missiles
To seek redress for their lost cargo
In secret dumped for the embargo
To gain a pretext for a war
For Kurile Islands as before
Against Imperial Japan
In favour of the free Taiwan
In which there was an opposition
That caused a general coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

And so without hyperbolea
Taiwan and Russia  North Korea
Our poor Japan and People's China
Met in the Emirates to whine now
At the taxpayers' fiscal pleasure
About ongoing US pressure
And that our China all agree
Was far too quick to jerk its knee
By People's Council's high decision
Demanding history's revision
Calling for cultural retractions
Veiled by confections' manufacture
That was quite close to the idea
Behind the actions of Korea
Declaring sovereign ambition
And fervent Communist tradition
Not based at all on hearsay
From FBI or CIA
Whose western smug bourgeoisie
Let CNN and BBC
Report the brewing of a war
Declared by Russia as before
That showing was its sharpened bristles
Ready to place atomic missiles
To seek redress for their lost cargo
In secret dumped for the embargo
To gain a pretext for a war
For Kurile Islands as before
Against Imperial Japan
In favour of the free Taiwan
In which there was an opposition
That caused a general coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks

The next day with his morning coffee
In his delightful oval office
G.W. did raise a brow
At Asia's new aggressive vow
To keep the People's Land at bay
Lest it should cause some disarray
Or should unjustly make a plan
To Russia pit against Japan
By means of North Korean swine
That caused then everyone to whine
At the taxpayers' fiscal pleasure
About ongoing US pressure
And that our China all agree
Was far too quick to jerk its knee
By People's Council's high decision
Demanding history's revision
Calling for cultural retractions
Veiled by confections' manufacture
That was quite close to the idea
Behind the actions of Korea
Declaring sovereign ambition
And fervent Communist tradition
Not based at all on hearsay
From FBI or CIA
Whose western smug bourgeoisie
Let CNN and BBC
Report the brewing of a war
Declared by Russia as before
That showing was its sharpened bristles
Ready to place atomic missiles
To seek redress for their lost cargo
In secret dumped for the embargo
To gain a pretext for a war
For Kurile Islands as before
Against Imperial Japan
In favour of the free Taiwan
In which there was an opposition
That caused a general coalition
To undermine in spite of pains
Nihonjin economic gains
And reinforce the law so lax
To outlaw the sale of snacks
All manufactured in Taiwan
Where fiercest oppositions ran
Against exporting tasty snacks
That I bought with Pat's twenty bucks