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ave met a lot of people from various different backgrounds and get a lot of opinions on different issues. We've sort of run the gamut. In a way, it's made me more aware in a lot of ways.
I never thought I would be in Zagra, Croatia on Easter weekend during the first NATO bombings. You know, you're 80km away from a city that's under fire from everyone in the western world and the band who was supposed to play with us isn't there because they were called to the front. You're immediately put into a situation which I never would have thought I would be there. And sort of answering questions like, people wanting to know what your view is or where you stand. And you're also realizing that the news that you get and the information you get from people where you are is radically different from what people are getting at the same exact time sitting here at this bar.
You learn a lot and none of us ever needed to turn up the news or pick up a book to figure those things out. You're just there and find yourself in the situation. For me, the politics in this country, certainly being more aware, more involved, more opinionated and at least, exercising my right, has become far more important. Especially realizing what goes on in a lot of the world. How lucky and how spoiled a lot of us are in a lot of ways. We just don't know anything. I mean we're all lucky to be living the way we're living because there are a lot of people who don't have that sort of choice.
Do you all endorse a specific [presidential] candidate?
Farina: Well, it would have been Nader, right?
McCarthy: Us? Yeah. I'd definitely vote for Nader if there wasn't George Bush. But the irony of that, I think, and it's sort of widely considered in this scenario, is that Ralph Nader, by his persistence of will, has sort of undermined all that he's worked for since the sixties.
Goddard: I would like to see other party involvement in the American political system. We have a two-party system that is increasingly, by the year, becoming less like two separate parties and more like one. I think a one-party system anywhere in the world has already proven that that is probably the most dangerous situation you could be in. It's a dictatorship--and I'm uncomfortable with the options we're left with.
How do you feel about the war in Iraq?
Goddard: I don't read the papers that much anymore because they discourage me and I find a lot of it horseshit. But there was a time when I was into reading a lot of them, and I don't see how there was a time when it could have ever been justified. I just don't believe any of it. I find it fascinating and sad that things have gone the way they have and that so many people buy into it in one way or another. I'm not sure what they're believing now, that they want their kids back from being in the army or whether they truly support this--and I'm not sure why.
This is clearly not the American people's war. This is a very specifically concentrated operation between specific people which benefits very few people, if it was to ever do that, and hurts hundreds of millions of people. This has changed the world in a lot of ways. I'm sure you can find ways that it has entered into governments across the world and that's a huge responsibility to be hanging. People who represent us took that into their own hands. We're questioned about this sort of thing constantly. As soon as you leave American soil, it really makes you think.
--John Paul Chirdon
Tuesday, 30 November 2004
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