Colin F. Jones

(The False Truth Practiced by Governments)

You are the people who sent us off to fight,
As you desired; as was your given right,
But now the war is over in your shame,
You ignore the soldiers’ plight and rightful claim.
Behind pomp and ceremony you hide the perpetual lie,
Refusing to admit why Vietnam veterans die,
To not accept their ailments as the proof,
That poison was used illegally; as the truth,
Is simply treason against the nations force,
By an elected Government demonstrating choice,
That favours a cover-up for their gross mistakes,
That from the troops that serve them honour takes.
‘Tis all you ask that soldiers go to war,
And they do their duty; while you they must deplore.