Originally posted by benevolent tyrant
For years, there have been many people who have decried the American military build-up and "war machine".
That reminds me of that nena song 99 redballoons.
It's 80 but the message is still prevelant today.
You and I in a little toy shop, buy a bag of balloons with the money we got, set them free at the break of dawn, til one by one they were gone.
Back at base, bugs in the software flash the message,
"Something’s out there."
Panic lads, it's a red alert, there's something here from somewhere else.
The war machine springs to life, opens up one eager eye.
Focusing it on the sky, ninety-nine red balloons go by.
Ninety-nine Decision Street, ninety-nine ministers meet.
To worry, worry, super-scurry, call the troops out in a hurry.
This is what we've waiting for, this is it boys, this is war.
The president is on the line as ninety-nine red balloons go by.
Ninety-nine knights of the air, riding super-high-tech jet fighters.
Everyone's a super hero, everyone's a Captain Kirk.
With orders to identify, to clarify and classify.
Scrambling in the summer sky, as ninety-nine red balloons go by.
Ninety-nine red balloons go by.
Ninety-nine dreams I have had, every one a red ballon.
Now it's all over and I'm standin' pretty, in this dust that was a city.
If I could find a souvenir, just to prove the world was here...
And here is a red balloon, I think of you and let it go.
This song brings words to mind that can currently correlate with the state of this current country, such as paranoia, bush eagerness to start a war,
fear, and sadness.