Welcome to Target Practice where bad popular songs of the past and present get shot. 14 years ago, a tragedy happened. About 2000 innocent Americans lost their lives in terrorist attacks against the US orchestrated by al Qaeda (or George Bush if you’re a conspiracy nut). The entire nation was shook as the events were being recorded on live television and was on all of the news networks. Things were never the same. In the aftermath, America went on a pointless war in the Middle East looking for the ones responsible and claimed the lives of millions of innocent Muslims. Because of 9/11, the prejudice against the Muslim community has increased. For 14 years, they had slurs thrown at them, they were beaten and killed because of the color of their skin and their religion. And this shit is still happening today. Today’s Target Practice is a response to the events of September 11 and tries to justify why we should go to war. From country artist Darryl Worley, this is Have You Forgotten.
I hear people saying we don’t need this war
But, I say there’s some things worth fighting for
What about our freedom and this piece of ground
We didn’t get to keep ’em by backing down
They say we don’t realize the mess we’re getting in
Before you start your preaching let me ask you this my friend
Yes, our freedom is worth fighting for. But that doesn’t mean invade another country and kill anyone who fits the description of the ones responsible for 9/11.
Have you forgotten how it felt that day?
To see your homeland under fire
And her people blown away
Have you forgotten when those towers fell?
We had neighbors still inside going thru a living hell
And you say we shouldn’t worry ’bout bin Laden
Have you forgotten?
No. No one has forgotten about what happened. It will never be forgotten at all. And no one’s saying, “don’t worry about Osama Bin Laden,” they’re saying, “don’t start a pointless war that accomplishes nothing.”
They took all the footage off my T.V.
Said it’s too disturbing for you and me
It’ll just breed anger that’s what the experts say
If it was up to me I’d show it everyday
Some say this country’s just out looking for a fight
Well, after 9/11 man I’d have to say that’s right
Funny. Last time I remembered, they showed off every footage of the event on every news channel. Breed anger? You’re damn right it bred anger, anger and hatred against the Muslim community. Looking for a fight? The US invaded other countries in the search for al Qaeda and weapons of mass destruction.
I’ve been there with the soldiers
Who’ve gone away to war
And you can bet that they remember
Just what they’re fighting for
Yes. Those soldiers remember exactly what they’re fighting for while slaughtering innocent Muslim men, women, and children and destroying their homes. One can only imagine why some people in other countries don’t like America.
This song is a patriotic ego erection. Yes, there are extremists and terrorist groups out there who wants to see the United States fall. Yes, what happened on September 11 is a tragedy that should never have happened. And yes, we should find the ones responsible and hold them accountable for their actions. I get it. But to start a war in another country to find those responsible, meanwhile, causing God knows how much collateral damage and death along the way is not a good idea. It took us ten years to find Bin Laden. Can you imagine the tax money being spent in the proccess? No wonder the US budget deficit is so high. Don’t even get me started on the Islamphobia. This song was basically written from the perspective of an over-patriotic, trigger happy American and the fact that it’s performed by a country singer doesn’t surprise me. Next Target Practice, we look at a newer song that tries to have a deep message and fails miserably.
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