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APED: "clean hands"

June 24th, 2009 (06:41 pm)

David does Phil Ochs. The refrain of "it sure wasn't our fault" in this not meant to be ironic. The fact that something monstrous will not be our fault, however, does not make it okay. I'm profoundly discomfited by the fact that there are prominent people (*coughcough*AndrewSullivan*coughcough*) rooting for the Iranian protestors who didn't seem to really realize that yes, mass slaughter is one potential ending of all this. Maybe that'll change after today. The fact that we actually had planned on having Iranian diplomats coming over to our embassies for the July 4th parties in the middle of this upheaval rather boggled me, too. At least the President rescinded that invitation after the militias went into Baharestan Square swinging axes. (I actually wrote this yesterday, then found it too bleak and bitter. Sometimes bleak and bitter is called for, though.)

I'm going to step off the soapbox and away from current-events poems/song lyrics for a bit after this one, I think.


They're brewing a new revolution,
or something that's like it, at least,
and we get to watch it unfold on our phones,
and laptops and high-def TVs.
We're cheering 'em on,
and we're wishing the best,
and yeah, we're helping out in our way.
And when they're all crushed, we'll feel really sad
when we shake hands with the killers next day.

And they get to do all the dying,
and it's their plowed-up ground sown with salt,
where the spent cartridges and the bodies are lying
but hey, man, it wasn't our fault.
Yeah, at least it sure wasn't our fault.

And when you get right down to it
It's their fight to win or to lose.
Let them do their part, and we will do ours
and watch every bit on the news.
We'll see the arrests,
and we'll see people shot,
and the streets'll run red in the end.
We'll shed us some tears, and when the killing's all done,
we'll sit down with the killers again.

Yeah, we'll stand right on up till the moment we leave,
and we'll cheer till they die, and then we'll all grieve
and we'll shake the steel hand that's got blood on its sleeve --
but it wasn't our fault, no, it wasn't our fault.

And yeah, we'll be sad when they die.
We'll remember how they made us feel.
And how we feel matters, because, after all,
it isn't as if they were real.
And we'll keep on the course,
and we'll take the high road
for sometimes you shouldn't make waves.
We won't bring it up, and we won't change our tack,
and we won't ever visit their graves.

But our hands'll be clean, though they did what they did
and our stains are all darker, and deeper, and hid,
and to look back and question we'll bar and forbid
and it wasn't our fault, no it wasn't our fault.

And they get to do all the dying,
and it's their plowed-up ground sown with salt,
where the spent cartridges and the bodies are lying
but hey, man, it wasn't our fault.
yeah, at least it sure wasn't our fault.
So let's go out for ice cream, and let's play us some golf,
'cause hey, man, it wasn't our fault.
(hey, nice to see ya, pass me a hot dog!)
no, it sure wasn't our fault.

Comments

Posted by: Karl Gallagher (selenite)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 03:40 am (UTC)
Freedom

That cuts damn close to the bone.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
commies

Yeah. It's pretty bitter, and ordinarily I don't want to do bitter, but.

Also, I've been listening to Phil Ochs lately, and the guy may have been a stinkin' commie, but my God, what a brilliant songwriter. If I ever write something half as good as "Where I'm Gone," I will consider myself really goddamn accomplished.

Posted by: Karl Gallagher (selenite)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
worse if life is fair

Ochs did great music . . . speaking as someone who listened to "I'm Not Marching Any More" while in uniform.

Posted by: Mari (marici)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)

What do you think would work best? My uneducated guess is that sending in troops would be unmitigated disaster, but would cutting diplomatic relations (what there are of them) help more? It's kind of like China, I don't like what they're doing, but no one seems willing to stop trade with them.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
plane

In all honesty, I think the best thing we could do would be to lose a few truckloads of captured AK-47s and ammunition on the Iranian side of the Iran-Iraq border.

Posted by: Karl Gallagher (selenite)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
anvil

Iran has very limited refining capacity so blocking their gasoline imports would hit them. This might be more useful as a threat than in actuality. Putting it on the table could convince a few of the leadership to switch sides.

Prior to that we should have verbal support for the protestors. Look up Sakarov's comments on Reagan's speeches and rewrite the good ones to fit.

Posted by: •• the years oƒ living ∂angerously happy •• (nightengale)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)

What Selenite said. *shivers*

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 25th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
plane

The July 4th invitations just floored me. I mean, *Jesus.* I get that they were issued before this started, but once the repression got going you'd think somebody would've said, "Um, yeah, maybe this *isn't* such a hot idea."

...boy, that'd be an interesting conversation around the embassy pool, huh? AWKWARD.

"So. Um, how's the family?"

"My youngest son shot two protesters this week and hit another with an axe! We are so proud of him. Some day, he hopes to kill Jews."

Posted by: Piglet (porcinea)
Posted at: June 26th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)

Thank you.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 30th, 2009 02:56 am (UTC)
plane

Very welcome.

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