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The Communist and the Cowboy

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Goofy history of global conflicts between two pandemics a century apart

草草影院最新地址入口Long time ago when the bluebirds sang

Opposites met like the yin and yang;

草草影院最新地址入口An Archduke fell to a Serbian shot

And Europe burned in the Kaiser plot.

草草影院最新地址入口Puzzle it was, that first World War

Brits were allies of the Russian Czar.

草草影院最新地址入口Not our fight, the Yankees said:

“We just love the war-time trade.”

草草影院最新地址入口But German U-Boats sunk their ships

Woodrow thundered, hands on hips:

“Enough of this, hey Wilhelm Two

Will helm this war and come get you!”

The Yanks were in, the Russians out

As Lenin made Bolsheviks sprout;

War lust died, Red Revolution rose

No more war, the communists chose:

“Fight the Brits, the Yanks and French

We want sweat, not blood to quench.”

The Germans said, “Thanks comrades,

Prosper with good Marx and grades.”

Far away, a young man called Mao

Saw Engels fly and wooed: “Ni hao!”

草草影院最新地址入口Back to where the war was fought

The vanquished sulked, victors not.

But Allies knew what they had done

They lost more than they had won.

草草影院最新地址入口Months before the war was to end

草草影院最新地址入口A flu drove them round the bend.

American born, some studies claim

But it killed by the Spanish name.

Millions died, as Nature reigned

“We bow to you,” humans deigned.

It didn’t take them all that long

草草影院最新地址入口To bay for blood, blade and prong.

White raped earth Black and Brown

And took their wealth to shine the crown.

Some fair ones thought they were fairer,

Ran a ‘super race’ for their Führer —

草草影院最新地址入口A Chaplin clone but comic? Nein!

草草影院最新地址入口He loved to lay Jews on the line

草草影院最新地址入口Goebbels, Himmler, Ribbentrop

草草影院最新地址入口And Eichmann were his ideas shop

For a stranglehold on Deutschland

That expanded — first with Poland.

All hell broke loose as Nazis took

Mile by mile, and Europe shook.

草草影院最新地址入口The Brits and French were pounded hard

They sought help, looked U.S.-ward.

草草影院最新地址入口Roosevelt said what Wilson said:

“We just love the war-time trade”

But War Part 2 hit more of the world

As bigger, long-range bombs were hurled.

The Führer upped his Holocaust act

Went all out, broke no-war pact,

草草影院最新地址入口As Stalin’s Russia felt the heat

Battered Allies stared at defeat.

Mussolini’s men joined in the fun;

草草影院最新地址入口Dictatorship on the Axis spun.

草草影院最新地址入口From the Land of the Sun came Hideki Tojo

And Churchill seemed to lose his mojo.

But Tokyo swore by the samurai

草草影院最新地址入口To not let the sleeping dogs lie;

草草影院最新地址入口They bombed Pearl Harbour really bad

In Washington, Roosevelt went mad.

He called up Churchill and de Gaulle:

“Let’s plot that freak-moustache’s fall!”

草草影院最新地址入口They roped in Stalin, Chiang Kai-shek

草草影院最新地址入口Went all guns blazing, make or break.

草草影院最新地址入口Mussolini fled, mistress in tow

草草影院最新地址入口But they just had nowhere to go.

Rebels shot them like vermin

草草影院最新地址入口While Hitler bunkered in Berlin.

He shot himself, his Braun died too

But that wasn’t end of World War 2.

The Yankees itched to blast Japan

草草影院最新地址入口In vengeance and some bombing fun.

Little Boy dropped on Hiroshima

They cried: “Take that for Iwo Jima!”

草草影院最新地址入口But Yankees had Hawaii in mind

Blew Nagasaki with the Fat Man kind.

草草影院最新地址入口The busted Banzai men said, “Damn!”

And signed the pact of Potsdam.

Winners, losers counted the losses

As time went by, they had new bosses

Who yearned to test the arms they made

草草影院最新地址入口And funded wars to be back in trade.

Foes turned friends, friends turned foes

And trapped small nations in the throes.

草草影院最新地址入口They masked their merchant face in isms

And cashed in on the global schisms.

草草影院最新地址入口Rivals in the trade made blocs

Strung Iron Curtain, hung deadlocks;

The Cold War theatre moved Far East

As Korean War brought out the beast.

Kim Il-Sung the Soviet song

Syngman sounded Yankee gong.

草草影院最新地址入口These names may not ring a bell

They were bit players in the tale;

Stalin, Truman pulled the strings

草草影院最新地址入口To try out their new toys and things.

草草影院最新地址入口They pulled out in due course of time

But longed to fight for reason and rhyme.

Suckers they got from the horse’s mouth

草草影院最新地址入口To Vietnam they headed south.

草草影院最新地址入口Communists and the non-Reds duelled

草草影院最新地址入口A proxy war that the Big Two fuelled.

The world saw Hanoi fight Saigon,

As it was called in days bygone,

草草影院最新地址入口But knew it was a Soviet thing

草草影院最新地址入口That put the Yankees in the ring.

Khrushchev and Dwight Eisenhower

Fought backdoor to be superpower.

“Monopoly nyet,” the former said,

草草影院最新地址入口“Let’s both do the war-time trade.”

草草影院最新地址入口Presidents came and presidents went

草草影院最新地址入口To kill at will were all hell-bent.

草草影院最新地址入口World War 2 taught Yankees this —

Asia was lab for the lethal kiss

Of small arms and the WMDs

To destroy life from bugs to trees.

Nuclear bombs started it all

Chemicals made all burn and crawl

草草影院最新地址入口Agent Orange — was its name

草草影院最新地址入口Yankees said, “Part of the game!”

But Saigon fell, nevertheless

草草影院最新地址入口For Yankees it was loss of face.

Ego hurt, they vowed to be back

草草影院最新地址入口On another stage, with a different pack.

草草影院最新地址入口They found a man to fight their fight

And beat the Soviets left and right.

An Arab rich, the man they found

Was a fox with an ear on ground;

He teamed up with the Mujahideen,

草草影院最新地址入口This man they called Osama bin.

Afghan warlords were not as sly,

草草影院最新地址入口He stole their thunder, by and by.

草草影院最新地址入口The Afghan war was watershed

For China to be in war-time trade.

They offered arms at cheaper rates

The advantage with duplicates!

It doesn’t matter who fights who

草草影院最新地址入口Some nations smack their lips, they do.

They change friends at the drop of a hat

And let ideology go to the mat.

草草影院最新地址入口Soviets’ friend in Korea, Nam,

China switched sides with no qualm;

They helped those the U.S. did —

The Pakis and Afghan mujahid.

Let’s cut it short, come to the point:

草草影院最新地址入口The Soviets left the Afghan joint.

Yankee said, “Don’t mind, comrade,

We’ll make more wars to be in trade.

草草影院最新地址入口These Asians are a crazy bunch

草草影院最新地址入口They will fight to fund our lunch.

You got Saigon, we got Kabul

There’s Saddam now to be made a fool.”

But Moscow’s loss came at a cost

草草影院最新地址入口They paid for it, with glasnost;

草草影院最新地址入口Gorbachev slipped in the USSR melt.

草草影院最新地址入口U.S. clout the non-aligned felt.

Russia began to lose the plot

And ceded a superpower slot.

The market-communists, Beijing brand,

Eyed this space and did as planned.

草草影院最新地址入口From guns and pins to mosquito bats

They sold to swots and sold to swats

Traders old and new were smart

They catered to all they could chart.

Drug lord, warlord, guerrilla chief,

“Make them kill,” was their brief.

草草影院最新地址入口“But don’t forget our client main —

草草影院最新地址入口The man who holds his nation’s rein.”

草草影院最新地址入口A conflict here, a skirmish there —

草草影院最新地址入口“As long as they buy it’s fair

草草影院最新地址入口If a country’s quiet, make it boil

草草影院最新地址入口More so, if it sits on oil

草草影院最新地址入口Or iron, diamond, silver, gold,

Ensure they get their assets sold.”

草草影院最新地址入口From Cuba, Peru, Venezuela

草草影院最新地址入口To Congo, Libya, Angola,

草草影院最新地址入口The paid-to-fight were made to talk

草草影院最新地址入口To fight again and bark and balk.

Let’s rewind to post War One days,

草草影院最新地址入口When May Fourth Movement was the craze

草草影院最新地址入口In China against the Versailles pact

That gave Japan the Shandong tract.

Mao Zedong was in the mix;

“Spread the Red”, gave him the kicks.

But the Kuomintang had other hues

That came across as better news.

Rivals met but equations changed

As Left and Right grew more estranged.

It led to a ten-year civil war

草草影院最新地址入口With Wuhan as the epicentre.

You know this place, I bet you do,

Not for war but a deadly flu.

We’ll come to it after a while,

To weigh the crafty and the vile.

As War Two raged, came the Japs,

草草影院最新地址入口And overran the Chinese chaps.

Swallowing more than they could chew;

草草影院最新地址入口The chance to be king, Tokyo blew.

Nippon lost but the Chinese Right

And the Left resumed their fight.

草草影院最新地址入口Millions died as the mainland bled.

草草影院最新地址入口Chiang Kai-shek to Taiwan fled.

草草影院最新地址入口Mao now ruled, kept things tight.

And binged on land — what an appetite!

草草影院最新地址入口He took Tibet, Xinjiang too;

草草影院最新地址入口Nothing the Uyghur or monks could do.

He sought more land, India eyed.

“You are my bhai草草影院最新地址入口,” Nehru cried,

“With love I give you Panchsheel!”

“Xièxie, brother,” Mao said, “Chill!”

But Mao was Mao, no matter what.

He needed war, no if or but;

He knew he would get his chance.

A subdued Lama changed his stance.

草草影院最新地址入口Tenzin Gyatso from Lhasa fled.

Three years later, India bled.

But home was a mess for Chairman Mao.

The Great Leap Forward failed, and how!

Revolution came, Cultural this time.

草草影院最新地址入口But culture gasped in the Maoist clime.

In spite of this, conflicts went on.

草草影院最新地址入口With any neighbour, dusk or dawn.

草草影院最新地址入口Soviets were first, Vietnam then,

For busting Beijing’s Khmer Rouge den.

Let’s move out of the Asian brawl

To New York, city of buildings tall.

草草影院最新地址入口A king to be was born in Queens,

In his blood flowed German genes.

His name was same as a Disney Duck,

He seemed to have had all the luck.

As the world rebuilt post-War Two,

The boy into a billionaire grew.

草草影院最新地址入口His land sold dreams — to the moon

草草影院最新地址入口But reaped nightmares with racist tune.

Far away, the Dragon Red

Was somewhat the same, the face of dread.

Younger than Don, a Chinese lad

草草影院最新地址入口Grew amidst a purge quite bad.

草草影院最新地址入口He rose through the ranks in CPC,

草草影院最新地址入口You know him well — Jinping, Xi.

草草影院最新地址入口I could have penned on him some more.

草草影院最新地址入口But China is a huge closed door,

Elsewhere too I missed a pile

草草影院最新地址入口Like the Arabs’ war with Israel,

The Yugoslav Wars and India-Pak,

The Syrian mess, the ISIS muck;

草草影院最新地址入口All these had a common thread —

Red or greenback weapons trade.

草草影院最新地址入口Beijing progressed to other deals,

草草影院最新地址入口Had every country paying bills.

草草影院最新地址入口The world woke up one fine day

And found itself too far gone the Chinese way.

草草影院最新地址入口Stuff they used, stuff they touched —

草草影院最新地址入口‘Made in China’ made them hutched.

草草影院最新地址入口Breaking free was not a joke.

Half the nations just went broke.

Flus then dealt a deadly blow

And most from China did flow —

Swine flu, avian flu and SARS

草草影院最新地址入口Killed as many as the desert MERS.

As these ebbed, came SARS-Cov2

And added to the deadly brew.

That place Wuhan yet again,

Where Mao lit the Red campaign!

As the virus spread, the world did ask:

草草影院最新地址入口“What has made us wear this mask?

Well thought out? Misadventure?

An accident or third World War?”

草草影院最新地址入口“A viral plot,” said Uncle Tom,

“To plant a Chinese lebensraum!”

Beijing said, “Hold your bluff!

We don’t kill those who buy our stuff.

But war it is, the enemy unseen.

草草影院最新地址入口Let’s shoot hydroxychloroquine.

草草影院最新地址入口We can fight if we live today

草草影院最新地址入口And keep this darned virus at bay.

If war’s to be won without a shot

Selling is preferred, killing not!”

Will Uncle Tom nod his head

草草影院最新地址入口For the sake of war-time trade?

Will humans learn for their good

草草影院最新地址入口To let wildlife be with their brood?

草草影院最新地址入口That Nature absorbs all the whack

草草影院最新地址入口And keeps a note to give it back?

They have time to mend their ways

To let their own see better days.

Rocket science one does not need

草草影院最新地址入口To know there’s a limit to our greed;

All those dollars, renminbis

Cannot replace the birds and bees.

So get this in your head, you Two

草草影院最新地址入口The earth you claim is ours too.

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