March 04, 2003
ANOTHER ANTI-WAR SPEAKER WHO HATES AMERICA?
Between songs, the pugnacious Hynde, in a classic black T-shirt and jeans, bantered and battled with the crowd. She dedicated "You Know Who Your Friends Are" to "all you junkies and f--," gave a shout-out to the late Joe Strummer, opined that she hopes the United States loses if it goes to war with Iraq ("Bring it on! Give us what we deserve!"), and introduced the song "Fools Must Die" with the self-deprecating quip, "I'll show you how it's done."
Too bad. I used to respect her.
UPDATE: Reader Thomas Healey points out that Joe Strummer supported war in Afghanistan, saying:
I think you have to grow up and realise that we're facing religious fanatics who would kill everyone in the world who doesn't do what they say.
The more time you give them the more bombs they'll get. Bin Laden is going to try and kill more people.
"The more time you give them the more bombs they'll get." Hmm. Some of us think that applies to Saddam, too.