How To Start A War
Warfare details require cunning
One must be mindful of pretext
Find examples of grave misdoings
Plan carefully what happens next!
For invading Iraq, Google a PhD
When asked, why did you invade?
The student explained it, see?
Blame academia for errors made!
Reinhardt Heydrich invades Poland
He’s always ready with excuses!
Dress SS men in Polish uniforms
Complain loudly of bogus abuses!
Invading China requires railways
A Manchurian Incident is needed
Calls do sound of erroneous delays
But make sure they are not heeded!
You now know everything that I do
Use only guile, cunning and deceit
Make sure large armies precede you
And, later, when in doubt, retreat!
Patrick Mackeown, July 2006