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Friday, February 11, 2011


by J. D. Mackenzie

Like Pinochet before him, George W. Bush is vulnerable while traveling overseas and was forced to cancel a speech in Switzerland for fear of arrest.

There’s a box that you check
when you book a room online
right after
      arrival and departure dates
      number of nights
      bed size
      smoking or non-smoking

Right before you select
      method of payment
it asks
      have you ever committed a war crime?

There’s a pull down menu
for those responding yes
and still more choices
      criminal environmental modification
      suspension of civil liberties
      targeting non-combatants
      extra-judicial executions
      unlawful use of force

And this was his latest mistake
not learning from Pinochet
whose excuse didn’t include
ignorance of the internets

J. D. Mackenzie is a semi-regular contributor to The New Verse News whose day job as a community college administrator leaves him with insufficient time to write a proper bio.