Monday, March 5, 2012

Eve of Destruction

Time to resurrect the 1967 protest song "Eve of Destruction"  by Barry McGuire. "The eastern world it is explodin', violence flarin', bullets loadin', you're old enough to kill but not for votin', you don't believe in war, what's that gun you're totin', and even the Jordan river has bodies floatin', but you tell me over and over and over again my friend, ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction." Once again the news coming out of the Middle East is not good.

McCain wants to initiate airstrikes in Syria. Obama initiated airstrikes in Libya, sent troops to Uganda, does not want to support Israel, and Afghanistan is not going that well. Romney wants the US be the strongest military nation in the world and initiate aggressive action against China. To fight this or that "war",  I foresee a continued diminution of our civil liberties which brings to mind the 1967 protest song For What It's Worth by the Buffalo Springfield. Lyrics here. "You step out of line, the man come and take you away."  Time to crank-up singing the old protest songs!

Update (3/6/2012): Since I posted, the Washington Post ran "AIPAC beats the drums of war" by Dan Milbank.  Others commenting on that article suggested two additional songs. "Monster" by Steppenwolf and "Masters of War" by Bob DylanSmokey provided me with the inspiration to post the two videos below.

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