Words some army's spoken since the days of Ancient Rome.
Afghans have to be the ones who cure the country's ills.
Groups of fundamentalists are holed up in those hills...
'though they take the winters off (because they'd freeze their buns)
When the "fighting season" starts, the men pick up their guns
Then return to home and hearth and shelter with their clan.
It's become a way of life throughout Afghanistan.
We are not the first to have to face this fact of life -
That, in certain regions of the world, there's constant strife -
We are just the latest, though I doubt we'll be the last.
Countries never seem to learn their lessons from the past.