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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Canadian UN Peacekeepers

Canadian UN Peacekeepers


James Bredin

The UN has become delusional, flying on one wing,
Rally of rogue politicians really rousing, doing their thing,
From dicey pricy dictatorships and terrorist regimes,
Democracy unknown in most of their menacing schemes.

They feel an overt obligation to be much more involved,
Push for peacekeepers over there though things rarely get resolved,
And they want everything done precisely on New York time,
Always done with great expense of course on someone else’s dime.

And no phone calls back to get permission from some UN clown,
Because in different time zones the UN may be closed down,
For the weekend or holidays or for no special reason,
Could be basketball, baseball, hockey, or the social season.

While the peacekeepers slog it out in some fierce but foreign place,
Being bombed or blown apart in shitty little cheap jeeps - a disgrace,
And no one asks a question or is permitted to think,
‘Cause the UN is said to be sacred with a nod and a wink.

Could democracy in Canada influence these events?
How much influence do we have other than dollars and cents?
Should we have referendums to maybe more input here?
Do nothing and cry for our dead without a political tear.

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