(Inspired by an article by Choe Sang-Hun)
The USA has always welcomed those with lurid tales.
Of torture for no reason in abominable jails.
Our jaded media wants blood and gore in ev’ry byte;
Paying beau coup bucks for all those ready to recite.
We want to be diverted from abuses here at home
Worse than anything they used back there in ancient Rome.
And so when some escapee from a prison camp abroad
Comes to us with wagging tongue we never call him ‘fraud’.
Encouraged by our appetite, the refugee may pander
To our lust for outrage with a lack of total candor.
Can you blame him for his ebullient exaggeration,
When we will ignore him if he uses moderation?