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Brooks Haxton - 1985

         The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth 
            the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in 
            the blood of the wicked.   Psalm 58

It was the fortieth year since Buchenwald:  two thousand
Jewish refugees in Sudan starved while Reagan visited
the graves of Nazis.  CBS paid off Westmoreland
for their rude disclosure of his lies and crimes:
he had killed thirty of the enemy, letís not forget,
for every one lost us:  he was owed something.
That year, though, no terrorist could touch Godís work
in Mexico and north of Bogota:  an earthquake here,
volcano there, and numbers do not signify the dead,
each corpse incomprehensible as to the widow Klinghoffer
her Leon, shot, dumped overboard as if to make a point.
Westmoreland said, the Viet Cong could be indentified
from the attacking aircraft as all personnel in uniform
below.  Their uniform, he told us, was the native dress.

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