We departed in two unequal files
One qualification, two destinations
Feeling one step
Closer to the truth
Strengthened in her resolve
To lend spirit to the letter
Of the law
While the Cynic
Armed with newfound skills
Determined to make a fortune
By going forth
To find the most legal ways
Of breaking the law.
As we left to take our place
On the Stage of Human Affairs
Others came in to play their part
On this tour of duty
To a land where
At least for a while,
They could dream
Of peace and justice
Talk of law and order
And discuss hopes
Of changing the world
Anonymous Chinese Poem
Courtesy IIAS Newsletter/No 59/Spring 2012
When we were the Sick Man of Asia,
We were called the Yellow Peril,
When we are billed to be the next superpower,
We are called The Threat.
When we closed our doors,
You smuggled drugs to open markets,
When we embrace free trade,
You blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart,
You marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again,
Free Tibet you screamed. It was an invasion!
When we tried Communism,
You hated us for being Communists.
When we embrace Capitalism,
You hate us for being Capitalist.
When we had a billion people,
You said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers,
You said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs,
When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries,
You call us Polluters.
When we sell you goods,
You blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil,
You call it exploitation and genocide.
What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer . . .