An Acrostic Concerning Minor Tactics

And suggested Rules of Engagement for any government contemplating violence.

Fighting needs a certain care,
Its conduct ruled by those in place. But
Righteous thoughts by those not there
Ensure the fighters lose their face.

And, we ask, should our young men,
(Never sure of why they must.)
Defend themselves against the pen?

Make sure you task your fighting man
On those you really want to beat.
View your reasons twice and then
Ensure those reasons reach the street.
Mean what you say, do what you mean;
Enabling yours to win your war
Never cease supporting him
Today, tomorrow, ever more.


By Michael Shave


FILE PHOTO: Coalition helicopter movements in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan, October 2006. Photo by Brian Hartigan.


An acrostic is a poem (or other form of writing) in which the first letter (or syllable, or word) of each line (or paragraph, or other recurring feature in the text) spells out a word, message or the alphabet.





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