This draft...letter...was presented at Outloud's "International Day of Poetry Against the War" held at the Fringe Club, Hong Kong, on 5th March 2003. The author is considering translating the letter into simplified English and sending to Mr. Bush. George W.

"A Private Letter to the President of the United States of America"

Dear President Bush,

In view of the recent and overwhelming negative reactions to your policies I felt compelled to write to you and express my absolute support for your proposed invasion of Iraq and the removal of Saddam Hussein. Unquestionably a man of evil, there should be no doubt that an end to his rule - and preferably his slow and painful demise - is in the best interests of humanity and the free world.

I would go further and suggest that you consider resolving the unpleasant circumstances within Iran; your troops and your firepower are already in place and, as one businessman to another, there is an obvious economy to be had by the removal of two evils for almost the price of one.

In response to the voiced objections from other nations - in particular the French - I would posit that there is fair justification to address these objections in a similar fashion. An invasion of France and the forcible removal of Chirac - and possibly a large proportion of the French ruling class - and any other unpatriotic objectors - would most certainly have the backing of Tony Blair, not to mention the eternal gratitude of the majority of the British public.

And on the subject of Britain, I would further suggest that you look closely at Wales, and the Welsh nation as a whole. As a native of Liverpool and one well-versed in the questionable opinions of this quasi-Celtic race, I was somewhat surprised that they were excluded from your Axis of Evil. It is a small step from France to Wales, yet it would be a great step for democracy and personal freedom if you would reduce Welsh Wales to toast. The people of Liverpool would be in your debt.

I would conclude by asking a small favour if I may; a not-uncommon-occurrence I am sure during the recent vying for support of your policies, and for the very act of politicking general. My neighbour living in the apartment above is a complete arse-hole with no consideration for my general comfort or well-being. Obviously a man dedicated to domestic terrorism and the liberties of the common man, and a foreigner to boot. If you could see your way to directing a measure of friendly fire through his balcony window, his loss would be, I am sure, an insignificant contribution to the overall collateral damage that is promised by this war in Iraq, Iran, France and Wales. Sunday mornings are good as he is a late riser, though I would appreciate a little forewarning that I might safely withdraw myself and family to safer quarters. Possibly North Korea.

I am, Sir,
Your most Grateful Advocate,

R. Layton, ABG