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Thread #12295   Message #169152
Posted By: GeorgeH
27-Jan-00 - 11:05 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Think Again (Dick Gaughan)
Subject: RE: LYR NEW: Think Again - Dick Gaughan
Shambles, the song relates to the cold war - where military build-up in the west was blamed on Soviet agressive tendencies. History and reason show the answer to that question to have been "no".

As for the Russian action in Chetznia (?sp) and UN inactivity - I'm totally in agreement with you. And the popular support, in Russia, for that war is a response to nationalistic propaganda and misinformation in Russia; it has parallells all over the place (including in the high level of popular support in the UK and US for the gulf war); it's a distasteful technique of relatively powerful governments to distract attention from "problems" at home by wholesale slaughter of nationals of less-powerful countries. And the governments can get away with it as long as they avoid significant casualties on their own side. (It remains to be seen whether Russia will get awat with this, domestically. One suspects it may turn into another Afghanistan.)

G.