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Let's remember the deaths of those who believed (at least at some point) that they were dying for their country, which good intentions surpass those of the people who keep the war machine going for profit's sake.

We got a call to write a song about the war in the Gulf,
But we shouldn't hurt anyone's feelings.
So we tried, and gave up, cuz there was no such song,
But the trying was very revealing:

What makes a person so poisonous righteous,
That they'd think less of anyone who just disagrees?
She's just a pacifist, he's just a patriot.
If I said you were crazy, would you have to fight me?

Fighters for liberty,
Fighters for power,
Fighters for longer turns in the shower.

Don't tell me I can't fight 'cause I'll punch out your lights
And history seems to agree
That I would fight you for me.

So we read, and we watched
All the specially selected news,
And we learned so much more about the good guys.

"Won't you stand by the flag?"
Was the question unasked,
"Won't you join in and fight with the allies?"

What could we say? We're only 25 years old,
With 25 sweet summers, and hot fires in the cold.
This kind of life makes that violence unthinkable.
We'd like to play hockey, have kids and grow old.

Fighters for Texaco,
Fighters for power,
Fighters for longer turns in the shower.

Don't tell me I can't fight 'cause I'll punch out your lights,
And history seems to agree
That I would fight you for me,
That us would fight them for we.

He's just a peacenik,
And she's just a war-hawk.
That's where the beach was,
That's where the sea.

What could we say? We're only 25 years old,
And history seems to agree that I would fight you for me,
That us would fight them for we.
Is that how it always will be?

-- Jian Ghomeshi, 1991

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Date: 2009-11-11 07:02 pm (UTC)
yam: Cartoon mad science version of me. (SCIENCE)
From: [personal profile] yam
Ooh, I love that song. That album was the first CD I owned.

Fighters for loooooonger turns in the shooooower

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Date: 2009-11-11 07:37 pm (UTC)
adularia: Photo of me, in black and white, with my glasses tilted. (Default)
From: [personal profile] adularia
On a related note, there are extra-many homeless veterans on the NYC subways today, talking about how the VA screwed them out of their promised benefits and calling on God to bless all of us who give them some change.

I think I'd rather have peace and humanity than war and God.

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