. Themistocles Athens, Greece, 483 B.C. “Barbarians loom upon the coast—dark clouds. Athenians see them, but don’t think they’d pour Their cataclysmic flooding on our shore. They only hear the nearby shouts from crowds. And so it goes. Let them do what they like… But what if I raised up one of those shouts That threatened emptily our trading routes, Inducing thoughts of war at sea to spike? Now then they’d build a hundred-trireme fleet That may well be what saves them in the end. Contrivances of dreams toward good thus bend When minds are true enough and words are sweet, For manmade arms are often what depose Ideas men made and that the gods oppose.” . . Senator Joseph McCarthy Washington D.C., 1954 “‘Have you no sense of decency?’ you ask Of me, but do not ask the communists Whose iron inhumanity persists. Why not take the Soviets, not me, to task? Is decency a nation giving tears And blood to raise its people up and then These chicks turn ‘round to eat their mother hen? Your ingrate words insult the soul that rears. What’s decent when our China diplomat Says communism is the best hope for The largest nation in the world. What poor Foresight would leave our Taiwan allies flat? Your mock emotions have no roots in fact; I pray the public can see through your act.” . . Dr. Wenyi Wang White House South Lawn, April 20, 2006 She shouts, "President Bush: Stop him from killing!” Interrupting China’s leader Hu, Who looks around unsure just what to do. All stand there stunned at someone who is willing To speak when questions from the press are blocked, When voices from the labor camps are choked And all the world is in complicity soaked. As if some naked man stood there, they're shocked To see the Emperor who wears no clothes And holds within his claws the butchered parts Of people bound for sale at organ marts--- Then just like that she's stopped, and quiet grows… The horror that has flashed before the eyes Dissolves for now into a scene of lies. . . Evan Mantyk teaches literature and history in New York and is President of the Society of Classical Poets.