Message to terrorists everywhere: You can run, but you can’t hide.
We’re determined to stand together… and we’re determined to take action.
We’re not going to tolerate these attacks from outlaw states.
We will not cave in.
Today, we have done what we had to do.
He counted on America to be passive… He counted wrong.
Has anything really changed these last 30 plus years?
This is from 2001.
George Bush Jnr:
Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them. Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.
And the terror attacks have kept on coming. France, Belgium, England and Sweden come to mind, having suffered their fair share of attacks over the last 10 years.
And people are still involved in wars against outlaw states with no end in sight. The first Gulf War did nothing to solve the problem. The Balkan Wars over the breakup of Yugoslavia exterminated thousands and people went to The Hague for human rights abuses. Afghanistan and Iraq post 9/11, led to human rights abuses from the democratic countries and no one went to The Hague for it.
After that you had the Arab Spring and the civil war in Syria which has the Russians supporting the current government and the “allies” providing arms to the resistance. And when you add in the hostilities happening in African countries, you get a feeling that nothing has changed.
And it’s bizarrely funny, because most democratic countries have anti-discrimination and anti-racial laws to protect the people they more or less go to war against.
So after the backward guitar effects and machine gun like samples, a simple drum and bass groove kick it off.
In typical Def Lep fashion, the main into riff is underpinned by a guitar lick instead of a chord progression. And throughout the song, Steve Clark and Phil Collen, play the twin guitars like professionals, as one holds down the foundation and the other decorates the song like a Christmas tree.
We’re fightin’ for the gods of war
But what the hell we fightin’ for?
We’re fightin’ with the gods of war
But I’m a rebel
And I ain’t gonna fight no more, no way
How good is the Chorus and those multi-layered vocals?
I guess we are slaves to the gods of war, the corporations who lobby government ministers to get their hands on resources in other countries.
Every time our leaders choose to commit soldiers, the people who voted them in are thinking why. In Australia we still don’t know why we had to commit troops to US issues. Yeah, there is an old WWII agreement that states we will help each other but WWII was like 70 plus years ago.
And that outro section from about 5.20 that has the above mentioned voice overs and war sounds is a total departure from the main part of the song but it fits like a glove.