""People are now willing to entertain the point
of view I've been expressing for a long time -- that the US government either
made Sept. 11 happen or allowed it to happen -- because the war on terror
has been a monumental failure," Paris says from his home. "The
only thing that's changed since 9/11 is a reduction in civil liberties and
murder of people of colour in countries that had nothing do with the attacks.
There's still no Bin Laden, no Saddam and no weapons of mass destruction."...Paris
By Errol Nazareth
Sept. 18, 2003
Paris is burning
Eye.Net -Thursday September 18
The same morbid fascination that had me glued to the television
set on Sept. 11, 2001 returned last week.
It wasn't because of the endless coverage of the second anniversary
of the attacks or the recent videotape showing a sprightly Bin Laden in
On the eve of last week's anniversary, it was the hugely controversial
cover of a new CD that had me riveted. Sonic Jihad (out Sept. 23) is the
latest from Oakland-based rapper Paris and the cover features a jetliner
about to slam into The White House.
The cover doesn't represent the sentiments expressed in the
entire disc, but it does jive with one jam that sparked a firestorm of controversy
when it was posted on the net last year.
Incidentally, I have to say that in 16 years of covering
hip-hop I have never heard anyone tackle issues like racism, black-on-black
violence, police brutality, the state of hip-hop and international politics
with such a hallucinatory fervour. Paris is in a league of his own when
it comes to expressing one's self in such an uncompromising and unapologetic
But, back to the track. It's called "What Would You Do?"
and it features this line: "So, I'm a say it for the record we the
ones that planned it / Ain't no other country took a part or had their hand
in it / Just a way to keep you scared so you think you need 'em / Praising
Bush while that killer takes away your freedom."
"People are now willing to entertain the point of view
I've been expressing for a long time -- that the US government either made
Sept. 11 happen or allowed it to happen -- because the war on terror has
been a monumental failure," Paris says from his home. "The only
thing that's changed since 9/11 is a reduction in civil liberties and murder
of people of colour in countries that had nothing do with the attacks. There's
still no Bin Laden, no Saddam and no weapons of mass destruction."
While I don't agree with Paris' belief that the US government
orchestrated the terror attacks, I can't argue with his other points that
are being echoed by people more prominent than Paris. In his opinion piece
that appeared in Britain's Guardian on Sept. 6, Michael Meacher, Britain's
environment minister from May, 1997 to June, 2003, wrote: "The 'global
war on terrorism' has the hallmarks of a political myth propagated to pave
the way for a wholly different agenda -- the US goal of world hegemony,
built around securing by force command over the oil supplies required to
drive the whole project."
And here's what actor Tim Robbins told the National Press
Club in Washington, DC last April: "Basic inalienable rights, due process
and the sanctity of the home have been quickly compromised in a climate
of fear. A unified American public has grown bitterly divided and a world
population that had profound sympathy and support for us has grown contemptuous
and distrustful, viewing us as we once viewed the Soviet Union, as a rogue
Paris is heartened by the number of intellectuals and celebrities
questioning the "war of terror," but feels their position is lacking.
"It's one thing to say our civil liberties are being
reduced, but it's another thing to say the government was responsible for
orchestrating the event," he says. "There are people insinuating
that, but nobody's taking that extra step to connect the dots." If
you're intrigued by Paris' position, visit his guerrillafunk.com website
where he narrates Aftermath: Unanswered Questions from 9/11, an engaging
documentary examining the events of that day. (It screened at this year's
Toronto International Film Festival.)
The doc begins with the line "We must not confuse dissent
with disloyalty," a quote from legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow
that the Bush administration would do well to heed.
"Fuck it, I'm disloyal and I have dissent!" Paris
says. "I don't hate America, but I hate a lot of what America practises
and I hate America when it's not right.
"I'm disgusted by this administration's policies,"
he adds. "This motherfucker Bush is asking for an additional $87 billion
on top of $79 billion [already appropriated for 2003] to fund the battles
in Afghanistan and Iraq while people are having bake sales to get books
for school. If that's not crooked, tell me what is?"
Note: As far as we know, always anti-bush and 9/11 Skeptics among Musicians
have been also:
billy bragg, brian eno, elvis costello, neil young, massive attack, michael
kane ("buddy, buddy") and check out also break_the_bogus_911_coverup.mp3
Anti War Musicians:
Blacked Eyed Peas + Timberlake, George Michael, Beastie Boys,
Willie Nelson, Dixie Chicks, Zack De La Rocha (ex-Rage Against The Machine),John
Mellencamp, Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam, Notinourname feat. Saul Williams,
DJ Spooky, Coldcut, Ninjatune, Synchronic Records, Nina Hagen, Chuck D,
Consolidated, DJ Vadim, Jurassic 5, KRS1, Talib Kweli, Paul Weller, Anti-Flag,
Sheryl Crow, Epitaph Records, Thievery Corporation, Mr. Lif, Blur, Harry
Belafonte, Mos Def, Laurie Anderson, Youssou n'Dour, Lenny Cravitz feat.
Kadim Al Sahir (Iraq) and many others..
Please check out also:
Bruce Springsteen: Impeach Bush
Blacked Eyed Peas + Timberlake: No.1 UK from 0
Brian Eno: "False linkages made between Saddam, al-Qaeda
GFP Audio Section
Ravers against War
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