Friday, July 14, 2006

Eve Of Destruction?

Eve Of Destruction?

By Barry McGuire, 1965

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.
Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
Can't you see the fear that I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
and you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin',
I'm sittin' here, just contemplatin',
I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
handful of Senators don't pass legislation,
and marches alone can't bring integration,
when human respect is disintegratin',
this whole crazy world is just too frustratin',
and you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
Think of all the hate there is in Red China!
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama!
Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space,
but when you return, it's the same old place,
the poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
you can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace,
hate your next-door-neighbour, but don't forget to say grace,
and tell me over and over and over and over again my friend,
you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
No, no , you don't believe we are on the eve of destruction


Anonymous said...

Stand in support of Israel ... against terror!

The conflict between Hezbollah terrorists and Israel is quickly escalating to an all-out war. And as we well know from experience, when terrorists are allowed to thrive in any nation, we are ALL THREATENED. Any attack on Israel is an attack on freedom — and freedom attacked anywhere is freedom attacked everywhere. This is why we must form a united front and stand in support of Israel and their fight for freedom ... NOW. Please read the form carefully and declare your membership with the ACLJ by signing the proclamation.

Proclamation for Solidarity

Anonymous said...

Talk about intercultural misperceptions! This whole Israeli-Arab conflict is really interesting from the perspective of the US because it's so skewed. More people have died in Iraq during the last 3 years (50,000 Iraq civilians and 2,500+ US troops) than have ever died in the Israeli-Arab conflict on both sides during its 58-year duration. Just yesterday, the Baghdad morgue counted 92 new corposes... in one day!! One of them was a sheep herder who went to pickup the severed head of a teenage girl lying in his field. Her decapitated head exploded when he touched it because the girl's head was rigged, and the sheep herder's life is now just a statistic.

Israel has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world ($24k annually) and the US gives them $2.5 B in aid each year and Lebanon receives $40 M in aid despite 3/4 of the citizens in Lebanon are below poverty level ($6k annual income on average).

I totally support the right of Israel to defend itself. That's not what I'm posting about at all. What I'm posting about is the lack of perspective we as US citizens have on the world as a whole... me included.

We (as I said, me included) are so concerned about the Israel tensions and I am too, but what about all the people dying in Iraq? What are we doing about that? Not much it seems.

People here at work say the media is to blame. We are building new roads, new schools, etc. in Iraq and the media never talks about that. Well, what good are those new things when Iraqi citizens live in great fear and are turning into corpses??

I think part of this is the mind-numbing nature of the violence in Iraq. Part of it, too, though is parallel to the lack of action on the part of our government in response to Katrina last year. We lack the leadership with the guts and will power to do the things necessary to make the world a better place. Instead of doing the right thing, easier, short-term solutions that placate the political masses are what gets done.

Off the soap box. Thanks for reading!