Sunday, March 05, 2006

No Bravery? You're Damn Right.

A British soldier serving in Kosovo writes a song about the heartbreak of those who survived oppression and mass murder by Slobodan Milosovic.

After he leaves the Army, he becomes a successful singer-songwriter and his song is a hit.

There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he's been here.

And I see no bravery,
No bravery in your eyes anymore.
Only sadness.

-- No Bravery, (c) James Blunt.
Some years later, a group of people see parallels between the song and events in Iraq.

Do they equate the 'shallow graves' to the Baathist murders and the 'he' of the song to Saddam Hussein?

No. The Democratic Underground steals the artist's intellectual property and perverts its message by creating a film clip decrying George Bush and accusing American soldiers of murder and rape.

Then they have the gall to post to a James Blunt fan message board seeking his approval.

-- Nick

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