NAPALM DEATH's notoriously-outspoken frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has slammed U.S. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for their decision to invade Iraq, saying that "two wrongs don't make a right" and predicting that things are "going to get worse" as a result of their actions.
"People have kind have said to me, 'Look, I told you it was going to be alright' now that the Western troops have moved right into Baghdad," Greenway told BLABBERMOUTH.NET in a written statement. "But I think that it's going to get even worse from now on, if that's possible. As if the footage of US troops with 'Kill 'em all' daubed on their helmets, whooping as they decimated Iraqis equipped with popguns (comparatively speaking) wasn't depressing enough, even British troops have been heard remarking on the 'bloodlust of their fellow liberators.'
"I don't need any kind of propaganda to tell me that Saddam is pretty unhinged, and I'm not excusing his brutality, but two wrongs (i.e. this war), as they say, don't make a right," Barney continued. "With this so-called interim government that is going to step in once Saddam's men have been ousted, it's going to be headed up by some American Vietnam vet guy whose own company stands to benefit financially from rebuilding contracts (surprise, surprise), and who is very pro-Israel in terms of how Sharon is literally crushing the rights and very existence of the Palestinian people. How on earth is this going to provide the basis of any relationship in an Arab country?
"Bush and Blair are assuming that these people want their form of democracy, but how the fuck would they know? If the idea of democracy is being able to speak your mind and purse the path that you desire, there's a good chance that Iraqis will not want conservative capitalism riding roughshod over their own cultural history and traditions. How will this be dealt with? More action to crush the will of those who have every right to hang onto their identity?
"At the moment, most of the Arab world is getting angrier by the day with the pictures of civilian casualties and George 'God Is On Our Side' Bush. If the aim was to create peace and subdue terrorism, then he couldn't have got it more wrong."