How Many Straw Men Must Die?

Crafted but crudely of straw, sticks, and stubble, yet

a fearsome opponent in war.

Irony rules as the melee unfolds and he

conquers the one he fights for.

Used by the cowardly, careless, and crafty who

destroy scarecrows and stand by -

One who would argue the heart of the matter asks:

how many straw men must die?