Magazine article New Internationalist

Louder Than a Bomb

Magazine article New Internationalist

Louder Than a Bomb

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'I only ask God not to make me indifferent to war. It is a great monster that tramples on the poor innocence of the people.' - Argentinean rock musician Leon Gieco in his song, 'Solo le Pido a Dios'

The so-called 'war on terrorism' has provoked many fence-sitters to take a stand and nowhere was this more apparent than in popular music. Some artists chimed-in to the pro-war choir. Paul McCartney indulged in patriotic chest-thumping with his song 'Freedom' written about the attacks of 11 September. Other musicians, though, dared to speak out against the war.

The STOP (Stop The Oppressive Politics) movement released their track 'Down with US', which railed against the Bush Administration's penchant for warmongering rather than dealing with domestic crises. 'When people all around us are starving and homeless, what is Bush focused on, must be his father's old grudges. …

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