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      Shock and Awe

 

In the hospitality of war, we left them their dead to remember us by.

The birds circling above formed a wreath of hunger.

Red-handed, we brought them the gift of liberty without pity.

In the hospitality of war, we left them their dead to remember us by

and could not fathom why they responded with hostility.

Sometimes salvation requires a scouring tongue of fire.

In the hospitality of war, we left them their dead to remember us by.

The birds circling above formed a wreath of hunger.

 

 

 

      Ultima Ratio de Regum

 

The fox knows many tricks, the hedgehog one good one.

Whether itís called wealth or Godís blessing, ours spills blood,

and we employ it for the worldís good, like bitter medicine.

The fox knows many tricks, the hedgehog one good one,

whether he bristles with virtue or a bouquet of lethal spines

not even the cunning can resist.  Dresden, Hiroshima, Baghdad.

The fox knows many tricks, the hedgehog one good one.

Whether itís called wealth or Godís blessing, ours spills blood.