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Tuesday, June 10, 2003
 
Fisking Frenti

For the past few weeks, Belgian state radio has been playing this song by Michael Frenti: "Bomb the World". The more I hear it, the more the lyrics get on my nerves. I always get the urge to shout back at the radio, but since that won't accomplish much I decided to Fisk the lyrics on my blog...

PLEASE TELL ME THE REASON
BEHIND THE COLORS THAT YOU FLY

I happen to like freedom and democracy, and I'm proud of that fact.

LOVE JUST ONE NATION
AND THE WHOLE WORLD WE DIVIDE

I like all free and democratic nations... But I don't like places where people are repressed.
Sorry if that offends your sensibilities.

YOU SAY YOU┬╣RE "SORRY"
SAY, "THERE IS NO OTHER CHOICE"

Well, yeah, I guess you're talking about me advocating war to overthrow brutal dictators and stuff like that.
Unfortunately, your song fails to mention any viable alternatives to accomplish that goal.

BUT GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE THEM
WHO CANNOT RAISE THEIR VOICE

A blessing won't do much good when your voice is being smothered by a dictator.
Bombing the dictator, on the other hand...

(CHORUS)
WE CAN CHASE DOWN ALL OUR ENEMIES
BRING THEM TO THEIR KNEES

Sounds like a fine idea... They are trying to do just that to us, so why shouldn't we?

WE CAN BOMB THE WORLD TO PIECES
BUT WE CAN'T BOMB IT INTO PEACE

Hmm... by that logic, WWII should still be going on. Japan and Germany have known peace for, what, over fifty years now?
Bombing definitely brought peace there. Want more examples? South Korea, Italy, Greece,... all places bombed into peace.

WHOA WE MAY EVEN FIND A SOLUTION
TO HUNGER AND DISEASE

Yep, in fact we already did: freedom and democracy... No democratic country has ever had a major famine,
and disease is way down in those places too. So the solution is: remove the tyrants. But how?

WE CAN BOMB THE WORLD TO PIECES
BUT WE CAN'T BOMB IT INTO PEACE

Repeating it won't make it true...

VIOLENCE BRINGS ONE THING
MORE MORE OF THE SAME

Appeasement, on the other hand, brings forth cute puppies and rainbows instantly...

MILITARY MADNESS
THE SMELL OF FLESH AND BURNING PAIN

Sounds like Iraq under Saddam Hussein to me...

SO I SING OUT TO THE MASSES
STAND UP IF YOU'RE STILL SANE!

... and walk out on whomever sings this silly song!

TO ALL OF US GONE CRAZY
I SING THIS ONE REFRAIN

That would be crazed lefties thinking this song is deep and meaningful.

(CHORUS)

AND I SING POWER TO THE PEACEFUL
LOVE TO THE PEOPLE Y'ALL

Sing all you want, but I'm afraid it won't bring much power to anyone.

POWER TO THE PEACEFUL
LOVE TO THE PEOPLE Y'ALL

But I'm sure the people will like you for loving them...
So much in fact that you don't even seem to mind they're being enslaved by dictators without hope of deliverance.