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Saturday, April 24, 2004
Jackson Browne's "Lives in the Balance" holds up at least as well as any other pop song from the mid-1980s. The chorus is awful but the verses are cool and make the understated song into something of a "Straight to Hell" for the adult contemporary crowd. And the lyrics' focus on how the U.S. oppresses people around the world and uses manipulation of the U.S. public's natural inclinations in order to get support for such policy even as the policies themselves breed resistance seems as relevant as ever.
The following lines seem particularly relevant at the moment:
On the radio talk shows and the T.V.Bush announced on Monday that he wants Death Squad John Negroponte to be Ambassador to Iraq.
As if to show that Bush has a disgusting sense of humor, a few days later it came out that the U.S. was employing some Saddam's former thugs. Even U.S. stooge Ahmad Chalabi sees something wrong with this and has in fact compared this move with putting the Nazis back in charge of Germany. (What a foolish statement! Everybody knows Nazis had far more important things to do than run Germany.) I, however, prefer to look at it as a mentorship program.
And, it should go without saying, that America will use Saddam's former buddies in evil (so evil we had to invade goddamnit) in order to further freedom, just has we have done in Afghanistan. As Ms. News writes in an April 22 story:
Female performers in an Afghan province have been banned from performing on television and radio. According to Reuters, female entertainers have been declared un-Islamic in the Southeastern province. The provincial government, according to Radio Free Europe, ordered state-run television in Jalalabad to stop broadcasting Afghan women singer’s performances.Good for the Afghans. They don't need some slut prancing around for men to see and "women" to emulate. I mean I'm still suffering from early exposure to Cyndi Lauper.