February 9th, 2003

i fight fire with words

I think too much.

and if i hear one more time
about a fool's right
to his tools of rage...

I really like To the Teeth, even though some of what Ani says is problematic and some of the songs just don't do much for me. I've been listening to it a lot today and it occurred to me that by saying war on Iraq is bad, we are saying that Saddam should stay in power, that he has a "right to his tools of rage." Yes, i know, i'm oversimplifying -- many would argue that we should nonviolently pressure him to disarm; that we should aid the citizens of Iraq in overthrowing him; that it is not that we think Saddam should stay in power but that we should not bomb him, that we should have international support, that the idea of a U.S.-led "regime change" is problematic on many levels -- but i'm still amused.