September 11th Epic Poem: why war is necessary

The following is an excerpt from chapter 16 of the September 11th Epic Poem. The Poem was written from June 2008 to May 2010. It is 2,000 lines long and has 1,499 rhyming pairs.

Can you recall the toughest brawl
            You’ve ever had to wage?
Perhaps a punch you took at lunch
            From someone twice your age.
But as a kid, you quickly did,
            What you would not do now:
You kicked that jerk and grabbed his shirt,
            And slammed him on the wall.
 
So grownups too, must often do
            The same to stay alive:
We arm our troops to help improve
            The odds they will survive.
If we’re attacked we strike right back
            With soldiers by the ranks;
Supported by a large supply
            Of missiles, planes and tanks.
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