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War on Terrorism: Music Business Blues, Biohazard's Promise, Democracy Under Home Threat, Pacifism Vs War,

Author: Skruff
Friday, September 28, 2001
'No one can really answer the question yet. The result of the bomb is that artists may be afraid to fly and therefore won't be available for promotion and tours.'
The music business' future is uncertain, says Universal Music chief Jorgen Larsen (Music Week)

'(I hope that) Bush does not retaliate this act of violence with another act of violence. Violence begets violence and I don't know about you, but I want to live a long and happy life and I want my kids to live a long and happy life.'
Madonna speaking at her LA gig (14th September)

'We are growing as a nation, but we still remain torn between retaliation and peace. It's a new era for our world and there's no looking back. We, as a society, a nation and a world, must move on and stand up against terrorism. Bowing down and living in a cave only gives 'them' a win, and we are not losers. We will be the last man standing.'
Billy Graziadei from Biohazard explains why the death metal band have re-instated their forthcoming European tour.

'We are fighting for tolerance and pluralism. But we are also fighting for freedom of speech and association. And remember: if this is war, then even in Western democracies, it is our own freedom that is under threat: not from any hostile agency, but from ourselves, or at least our own rulers.'
Boris Johnson, the editor of right wing British journal the Spectator warns 'we should beware of eroding our freedoms, when freedom is what we are supposed to be fighting for.' (Daily Telegraph)

'While there is an honourable minority tradition of pacifism, most on the left have recognised that at some historic moments, the only way to defend freedom and justice is to fight.' (The Guardian)

Former left wing 60s radical turned British Government Minister Peter Hain chooses war.

'Real security for US citizens on US soil, in an increasingly unstable age, will ultimately depend on deep, far-reaching change in the way the United States relates to the rest of the world' (San Francisco Bay Guardian)
San Francisco Bay Guardian chief Bruce Brugmann

'In these surreal times, there is one truth. Nothing justified the killing of innocent people in America last week and nothing justifies the killing of innocent people elsewhere.'
Anti war/ anti globalisation journalist John Pilger suggests more terror attacks will come unless 'real politics replaces the autocratic impositions of power'. (The Guardian)

'I was sitting at the piano one day playing this groove and it came out of nowhere because I was looking out of my window and there were tanks coming down the street. I just felt violated and I understood why people were rioting and burning down homes.'
Motown's most successful songwriter Lamont Dozier recalls the inspiration behind his Martha Reeves & The Vandellas' 1965 classic Nowhere To Run. (The Guardian)

'In his address to Congress Thursday, George Bush effectively declared permanent war; war without temporal or geographic limits; war without clear goals; war against a vaguely defined and constantly shifting enemy. Today it's Al-Qaida; tomorrow it may be Afghanistan; next year, it could be Iraq or Cuba or Chechnya.'
New York based writer, editor and activist Jacob Levich ( suggests that George Orwell's future (1984) has finally arrived (17 years late)

'Fascist Islam deserves no quarter. The enemy is palpable if not visible. There is wide understanding of the need for economic, political, intelligence and military collaboration to be ranged against him.'
The Guardian's Hugo Young backs military intervention.