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Monday, May 2, 2011

#OBL #MusicMonday - "The Prophets of War" by progressive metal band Dream Theater

While proponents of the ever-expanding military-industrial complex and Washington's global empire will argue that bin Laden's death justifies the last decade of madness called U.S. foreign policy (and well-meaning, but gullible patriots will predictably parrot their points), the truth is bin Laden's death does not vindicate our occupations in Central Asia... in fact it proves that they were unnecessary.

Instead of celebrating Washington's hollow victory-- which a friend of mine noted would be something akin to the villagers praising Dr. Frankenstein for killing his own monster (that is, because Washington spent the 1980s funding, aiding, arming and supporting Osama bin Laden and radical Islamic terrorism as a proxy against the USSR)-- Americans should lament the bitter fruits of the Washington regime's arrogant and futile foreign policy.

A song which most perfectly exemplifies this attitude is Dream Theater's Prophets of War, which I have embedded below along with its lyrics. Enjoy:



It burns deep down inside of me
We have ourselves to blame
Not questioning, accepted as the truth

Debate this fight it's just cause
The facts do not support theirs
To liberate a people
And rid them of tyrant rule

Is it time to make a change
Are we closer than before
Can we help them break away
Are we profiting from war
It's time to make a change

Intrigued
Got your attention - Deceived
Since the inception - Our brave
Fight for what reason

Compelled
Can we clean up this mess
The loss of loved ones
A perverse request
They continue the same rhetoric
These derelicts that profit
Win or lose

Is it time to make a change
Are we closer than before
Can we help them break away
Are we profiting from war
It's time to make a change

Time for change
Fight the fear
Find the truth
Time for change

The only thing
That I believe
Will help us see this through is faith
Pray they will forgive
Forgive our arrogance
So we could make it right
Right what they have wronged

See you sweat
Unexpected, controversial
Get used to it
Things are gonna get personal
Your sympathy
A pitiful display you stutter
Your empathy
Means nothing if there is no honor
Responsible
Of this you are incapable
We implicate
Incriminate - Exacerbate - Too much at stake

Our Fathers, Mothers
Sisters, Brothers
Sons and Daughters
Forced
Perpetuating their ideals
A mindless act
To stay the course

Is it time to make a change
Are we closer than before
Can we help them break away
Are we profiting from war

Is it time to make a change
Are we closer than before
Can we help them break away
Are we profiting from war
Is it time to make a change
A change from what it's been
Can we help them break away
Is our patience wearing thin
It's time to make a change

Time for change
Fight the fear
Find the truth
Time for change


Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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