That year, five giant transporters took off from the Capital,
Each loaded with a hospital,
Air-dropped into Enemy Territory;
Vast airships brought in new roads,
Unrolled across the sterile landscape,
Whilst fighter planes fired road-signs with pin-point accuracy beside them.
Next, an enormous army of Lions,
Each carrying a Job,
Marched into all the villages
Whilst a battalion of Swans flew overhead carrying Hope.
In America, declared Unfit for Purpose,
The President was deprogrammed and sent to run a store,
Whilst ultra-violet light revealed the VP hiding in the shadows:
Sunlight was shone in his eyes and he melted.
Stupidity was banned,
Religion banished to do good works,
The media sacked, and Town Criers installed to shout out Truth in their place.
Selfishness, greed and spiritual hollowness were medicalised,
And the antidote distributed in mass vaccinations.
Righteous Nationalism was dropped down a well,
And every small town was forced to burn its Flag.
Tiny electric heaters were implanted in the population’s hearts
And warmth and compassion began to flow;
Neurosurgeons, operating on an industrial scale, connected vital synapses
And Questions began to be asked.
A fleet of watchmakers working round the clock
Delicately built moral compasses to be swallowed:
Vision, restored, revealed the size of the nation’s task.
A grateful world began to sing America’s praises again:
The end of the nightmare years was declared a national holiday,
And in future all politicians had to disprove their insanity.
It remained for the next President to sum it all up:
‘We fought, and won, the War on Stupidity.’
The ‘Lions’ are soldiers, referencing ‘Lions led by Donkeys’ from the First World War.
Wars can only be won militarily, so by using the term ‘War on terror’ George Bush automatically swept everyone into a military mind-set and from that a military conflict.
Good riddance to the miserable failure.