The Greatest Generation?

By Professor Francis A. Boyle (

The Vietnam War in pictureOh really?
If they were so great
Then why did they send
Their Sons so willingly
Off to die
In Vietnam
A war they started
While we suffered from

58,000 young men
Of my generation
Were murdered
By The Greatest Generation
Hundreds of Thousands
Of our Lives were destroyed
Plus 3 million genocided Vietnamese
Not that “gooks” mattered to
The Greatest Generation
Then neither did we their Sons

vietnam-war-rare-incredible-pictures-historyWhy didn’t The Greatest Generation
Rise up as One
And tell the American Empire
That you will not have our Sons

Over our dead bodies!
Hell no!
They will not go!

Why did The Greatest Generation
Not fight for US their Sons
Against the American Empire
As they did against the German and Japanese Empires
We the Sons of the Greatest Generation were not worth it

The-Vietnam-War-2They said they were liberating Peoples in Foreign Lands
Then why did The Greatest Generation send their Sons
To fight and die
In that God-forsaken Land?
And to murder millions living in their own Land?

Was this some blood-sport
we had to play
With them as pony riders
and US as buzkashi goat carcasses

Was it reverse Freudian Oedipal Complex
Them killing us off
before we got to them
And took their place

ut-vietnam-girlWere we blood-sacrifice to Moloch
With them as Priests
And we as sacrificial lambs

Were they our Abrahams
Actually murdering US their Isaacs
In a Holocaust
To their Genocidal Yahweh

Hard to say
What was going on
In the Minds of The Greatest Generation
If anything at all
Mindless Patriotism
The last refuge of them Scoundrels!

They knew all about War
then sent their Sons marching off
Into the Valley of Death
Charge of the Light Brigade

The result was predictable
A Decimated Generation
A Shattered Generation

The Greatest Generation?
Hell no!
A Pathetic Generation!

May they ever be tormented
By Their Own Son’s Souls

Professor Francis A. Boyle is an international law expert and served as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization and Yasser Arafat on the 1988 Palestinian Declaration of Independence, as well as to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations from 1991 to 1993, where he drafted the Palestinian counter-offer to the now defunct Oslo Agreement. His books include “ Palestine, Palestinians and International Law” (2003), and “ The Palestinian Right of Return under International Law” (2010).

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