ANTHRAX singer John Bush recently spoke to Transcending the Mundane regarding his views on the war on terrorism. "I have so many mixed emotions about that," he admitted. "I mean, having just been in Europe my rap onstage was like, 'We're entertainers. That's what we do. We're here to make you forget about all this stuff we are consumed in right now for a little while.' In France or Germany, I would say, 'You live in a free society and don't take that for granted.' And that's how I feel about America. In terms of the war on terrorism, I think sometimes it's a way for our American government to use their muscle and I think the American government is corrupt as hell at times. They do shit that is self-gratifying for people who have powerful positions in the government and CEOs of big business that have a lot of money and basically dictate a lot of things that happen in the world. I mean, look, we weren't even sure how the war was gonna turn out and people were already clamoring to get the contracts to rebuild Iraq. I found that to be a bit weird. Those are the things that people hate about the United States, and I kinda hate it too. I mean I want to be patriotic too, and it's funny... we played this MTV Headbanger's Ball show [in early May] with GODSMACK and there must have been some kind of big U.S.A. theme on their huge video screen and the whole crowd started chanting U-S-A. I had such a strange feeling about it, like I felt great about it but I also felt that sometimes people have tunnel vision and don't see that there's more to it. We're smart people in America and we should be a little more open-minded than just 'Kill! Kill! Kill!' That's what people don't like about this country — the arrogance. And we don't have to be that way. We can be patriotic and we are the most powerful nation but I'm hoping we do good things in Iraq and Afganistan. Maybe then people there and in the surrounding Arab nations will be like, 'Alright, maybe they don't hate all Arabs,' cause they do think that." Read the whole interview here.
(Thanks: Transcending The Mundane)