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 Wray Harris performs “No Glory, No Heroes in War”

"There are no heroes in war."

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The song is based on this poem, written by one of our members:

No Glory, No Heroes in War
[by Dan Shea 7/11/12 ]

Where is the glory
in killing, what service
does it provide?
What honor is there
in killing children
and their mothers?

There ain’t no heroes in war
there ain’t no heroes in war
cept those who say no more

Brothers and Sisters
against brothers and sisters
for Halliburton and oil
for power and profit
War survives

There ain’t no heroes in war
there ain’t no heroes in war
cept those who say no more

Resist the lies
the call to duty
is not to serve masters
the call of duty
is to refuse to serve

There ain’t no heroes in war
No Sir! there ain’t no heroes in war
cept those who resist
and say War No More

Here are some other songs Wray wrote

Veterans For Peace Chapter 72

Memorial Day

To Whom It May Concern

A poem by Adrian Mitchell. Music “Pale” by Malcom Chaddock.

Something Malcolm and I put together.

I attended a screening of a short documentary put together by a young film maker. Its called “Subconscious War”. From the email I received inviting me to the screening:

The half hour documentary explores the dynamic between media, reality and a culture of violence.

There was a short Q & A session afterward where I asked the first question; “How did you get started on this?”

His answer was quite interesting. A while ago he was at the theater watching “Inglorious Basterds” and as the final scene played out (lots of killing in a theater – I have not seen the film) the audience was cheering the basterds on. He got to thinking what kind of culture was this that cheered wholesale slaughter? He set that aside for a bit and then he saw the Wikileaks “Collateral Murder” footage. Something clicked and he started looking at how we are constantly being bombarded by violent images and patriotic messaging. The documentary starts with a compilation of clips recorded off of prime time TV during a four hour period inter-spaced with footage from the “Collateral Murder” video.

He then cuts to the coverage of the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which set a new record for sales.

According to preliminary sales figures from Activision, Modern Warfare 2 sold approximately 4.7 million units in both the United States and the UK in the first 24 hours of its release. The total revenue from first day sales in the U.S. and the UK was $310 million, making Modern Warfare 2 the biggest entertainment launch in history…

The next scene is an interview from 1958 by Mike Wallace of Aldous Huxley author of “Brave New World”.

Then back to “Collateral Murder” and an interview with Ethan McCord the soldier seen in the video carrying the injured child.

There is a lot more with quotes from Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman, and commentary by John Trudell.

Amusing Ourselves to Death

The book’s origins lie in a talk Postman gave to the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1984. He was participating in a panel on Orwell’s 1984 and the contemporary world. In the introduction to his book Postman said that the contemporary world was better reflected by Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, whose public was oppressed by their addiction to amusement, than by Orwell’s 1984, where they were oppressed by state control.

John Trudell

John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Trudell (Santee Sioux) was a spokesperson for the Indian of All Tribes occupation of Alcatraz Island from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with the American Indian Movement (AIM), serving as Chairman of AIM from 1973 to 1979. In February of 1979, a fire of unknown origin killed Trudell’s wife, three children and mother-in-law. It was through this horrific tragedy that Trudell began to find his voice as an artist and poet, writing, in his words, “to stay connected to this reality.”

Enough of my review, take 30 minutes out of you day and watch it on Youtube you’ll be glad you did.

The film is a pretty good start for a young film maker IMHO.

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