Fudge The War Part 2: The Wildhearts
“Anyone that attended the ‘anti-war’ march, or stopped by Hyde Park on Sat 15th of Feb 2003 will have been witness to the biggest celebration of action in the history of public demand,” writes Ginger on his bands official website www.thewildhearts.co.uk. “Gathered in what seemed to be below freezing conditions an estimated 1 1/2 million (the organisers even claimed there to be more like 2 million… hey, there were enough people there!) all claimed the right to an opinion in the name of World Peace.
Not as shouted at the TV by a dull and glibly accepting pro-war public, or drunkenly babbled around a pub table as the chatter of buffoons claiming it would ‘spice up the telly’. People of every colour, social standing and cultural background actually did something. Got off their apathetic British arses and actually stood for something. And these were only the ones that COULD make it to the rally.
Even Jesse Jackson flew in to be there.
“It was life affirming. Literally.
“So there, descended upon Tony Blair’s pro-war policies, and his allegiance to his new American pen-pal, was a potential threat of 2 to 3 million votes against him in the next General Election. Guaranteed defeat if he decides not to listen to their voices. The voices of his people.
“A minority in terms, but a huge fucking majority in passion. Just how passionate a turn out do you think would have attended a Pro-War march? Do you really think it would have gone as smoothly, and without a single violent incident like this one? And does Blair want the votes of the drooling, pro-violent idiots that support Bush, to taint his golden boy reputation?
“No. The minority has already won.
“Every single person with a mind, a family and the hope of a future is against the war with Iraq.
“The same thing happened, albeit on a much smaller scale, with the last Wildhearts single. The passionate minority charged while the lazy majority typically sat back and waited to be told what to do. Like I said in the last intro, we (we, that’s people like you and me) can do anything. Even stop a World War. Tony Blair has got to listen to his people – and countries such as Germany, France, Belgium, China and Russia – and stop the attack. Act against President Bush (have you noticed how hard it is to say ‘Bush’ without saying ‘GENOCIDAL CUNT’ instead?), and make political history by having balls the size of the turn-out on Saturday Feb 15th.
“Or he can keep his cock in Bush.
“And if he sides with the US this obviously means that he was planning to move over there all along as one of Bush’s aides, because he’ll be as welcome over here as a Ricin store.
“Either way… if he is for the war he is against Britain.
“So what to do as an alternative to war?
“Keeping our right to opinion is paramount. Do not be lead to believe, by any amount of anti-Iraqi propaganda, that war is the answer. Fight for your right to protect innocent people from the threat of destruction, both here and in Iraq. For every innocent Iraqi citizen that Blair claims has died at the hands of Saddam Hussein, one innocent family will die as a result of US plans to blanket bomb Iraq in a bid to rid the world of Saddam.
“Death for death is Bush’s plan, not ours. Not in our name. Not in your name. Before we even think about stopping war in Palestine, and freeing Afghans from camps (both issues that can lead to a peaceful end to war with Iraq) we must keep up the fight to own our right to an opinion. We must work on the governing of our own country. Starting with our Prime Minister. If we don’t get that right first any amount of worldwide political change will impossible.
“Opinions change worlds, and good changes history. Anything you can do to let your opinion be known to Tony Blair, and his sackless ‘Government’, then do it.
“Just do it.
“Anything you can sign, support or join in to stop war then do it.
“If you are not actively against this then you will be actively involved in the killing of untold innocent families that also do not support Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime. Saddam has to be brought down, but not at the cost of the lives of the innocent. If we let innocent Iraqi families die then we are next.
“We are next.
“If war breaks out this will be a ten year war fought with the Middle East where the death toll makes the Second World War look like Sept 11th, 2001. We must have peace in the Middle East. This concerns you much more than you think. This concerns your families, and the children of your children. If we even get that far.
“Do not let America make our mind up for us.
“Do not allow the massacre of millions because of the death of thousands on Sept 11th.
“Do not let Bush allow this to happen. And with the United Nations on our side he will be forced to crawl back into the asshole that has kept him safe and secure, and ineffective, until now.
“For war to be declared on another country that country has to fit the following criteria:
“They have to have attacked the countries that are declaring war against them.
“They have to be a threat to the countries that are declaring war against them.
“Iraq is neither.
“Their leader is a tyrant who has bought his weapons from America. He’s a psychopath that knows a good gun shop. Where are the best gun shops? America.
“Use your mind on this one people, use your mind.
“Use your brains. Use your heart
“We can do anything. It is true.”