Sunday, April 13, 2008

 

What is a Troop?


A Troop

A troop is an invention of the military,
A battlefield commodity to be used and discarded
Like a spent shell casing.
A troop obeys without question,
It does not ponder the significance
Of the Nuremburg Principles.

A troop is an invention of the military.
It may be given a nerve gas "antidote"
Which will allow it to fight a while longer,
But will not keep it from dying.
It may be given experimental drugs
Without its permission.

A troop is an invention of the military.
It may be sent home in an HRP
(Human Remains Pouch),
Or wheeled away on a gurney
To fill a bed recently cleared
Of troops from the previous war.

A troop is an invention of the military.
A dead troop is a "casuality" if from the U.S.,
Or "collateral damage" if from Iraq.
It may be male or female
(the war is an equal opportunity killer).
A troop is the property of the military.

Source: Vietnam Veterans Against the War Anti-Imperialist. StormWarning. No. 34. Winter 1996-97.

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