Musicians United to Win without War is a loose coalition of contemporary
musicians who feel that in the rush to war by the Bush administration
the voices of reason and debate have been trampled and ignored. We feel
that war is not inevitable, though to be honest the US media and
government have made us feel that it has become a forgone conclusion.
We have no love for Saddam Hussein, but believe that tough UN inspections
have not yet shown enough evidence in justification of invasion and
that continued UN inspections over the years have managed to remove many
of his arms and weapons and can continue to do so. We believe in discussion
without jargon - that weapons of mass destruction, regime change and other
administration catch phrases are doublespeak, in the words of George Orwell.
We believe that this planned invasion might be playing right into the
hands of Al Qaeda and others, who will use it as an excuse to rally
anti-American and anti-Western sentiment despite no great love for
Saddam on their parts.
Most of us have never met one another - so it is difficult to presume
that all of us agree on and believe in the same things - I'm sure our
individual feelings are wide ranging on this subject and a host of
others...but remarkably it seems that we all realize that we at
least agree on this one basic tenet, that a war right now is premature
and unnecessary. It is amazing and remarkable that such a disparate
group of musicians can be united so quickly (this was organized only
a few weeks ago) and simply....that is a testament to our apprehensions,
our faith and the strengths of our belief. This is a group who might
argue and disagree over many things, the imaginary possibility of
some of us working together is a source of constant laughter, yet here
we are, united at least for a moment on this one issue.
Let our friends and children know that we wanted our voices to be heard,
that we spoke out against something we felt was wrong, absurd and
dangerous to all of our futures.
T. Bone Burnett
Capone & Noreaga
Free & AJ
K-Ci & Jo Jo