Metric's Emily Haines Sings Political
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ary and find the complete history of the region, the Kurdish rebels, all the shit, everything that has to do with Kuwait...all the history of what was happening and like the true reason of what was happening in the Gulf. And we were all genuinely really angry. I mean, all my friends in school--we were all freaked out. We actually had demonstrations. Actually, the guy from Broken Social Scene, I don't know if you know that band, but I have this permanent image in my head of him on a post. In some ways, childish, uh, but you know, whatever: children of hippies having a fucking demonstration against the war, I mean. I recognize the... [Pause]
The point is there was an awareness then, and now we watch it ... and all you have to do is scratch the surface, all you have to do is like touch the surface and you can find out the truth of what's happening. Like the gloss on it, its so repulsive to me...the yarn that's knit on top of it. I mean, the only way Americans are gonna care about that war is if more Americans start dying. Nobody fucking cares if the ratio is like, totally disgusting. And like, whatever man. I mean, its like, why is it that someone is a terrorist when they have like a pink plastic knife or whatever they can rustle up. Its like, "oh, my life is worth nothing, my whole family's life has never been worth anything. I have something under the bed"--it's like, "TERRORIST!" right? But we have this multibillion dollar budget which is exploding, going back to like 80's nuclear love, you know, right, like, we're not fucking terrorists going over someone's house being like, "I'm gonna drop that on your fucking house?" With the disproportionate gap between realities...I really find that the most disgusting thing, I mean--anything that fits in the context is immune to being called terrorism--it doesn't make any sense.
STEWART: We called our terrorists "minute men."
BILL: That's funny how you remember the first Gulf War 'cause I remember it completely different. I was younger--I was ten and we watched the war every Thursday in class and it was just basically propaganda...
EMILY: Yea, that was the beginning of the new awareness of how you can package a war. And everything that goes along with it including the news channels. I just think, who's the guy that goes "Attack on Iraq?" It like slides into focus.... [Looks at Stewart] You're into graphic design and shit....
BILL: That was one of the sickest things about September 11th. Within minutes, they already named it--a title and everything. It was right there on the screen, on every channel and you knew...and you could see three words, and already know, have some idea of what was going on. And you already knew whom to blame--not necessarily being true but...
EMILY: I think what's most funny about this administration is this like--and I'm not even such an ardent liberal, I mean as far as all political parties go, they all lie--they just know how to use different language, for sure, for sure. But I mean, in this case, its like "holy shit." But um, its just like this is the first time there is just this much technology so i
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