Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Friday, October 27, 2006

The saints are coming


Just saw the U2/Green Day video "The Saints Are Coming" which intersperses footage of US troops that were redeployed from Iraq to New Orleans with glitzy shots of them playing stadium concerts. Very striking. Especially the footage of all the planes and helicopters flying over the Superdome, doing food and first aid drops to people on the ground - it really emphasized how the situation down there was like any third world country where we send our troops. It made me wonder what those US troops thought and how they felt about having to come home to rescue their own people, did it make them wonder what they were doing in Iraq?

It doesn't have the stark imagery of the Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice" but it is compelling regardless, and I highly recommend watching it. It's a good reminder of what the stakes are this midterm election - a choice between a Republican-led Congress that has rubberstamped President Bush's failures abroad and at home, or a change in policy and leadership under a Democratic just and fair vision that doesn't believe in exporting our troops to start wars to "avenge our daddies." The saints are coming indeed, and the GOP is quaking in their bunkers on Capitol Hill.

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