Top Five Anti-War Songs Ten Years After Iraq

By Gabriel San Roman

Ten years ago this week, "Shock and Awe" airstrikes by U.S. forces in Iraq marked the onset of another invasion of that country. President George W. Bush led a so-called "Coalition of the Willing" mocked by anti-war activists as a "coalition of the shilling" into hostilities under the pretext that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. A decade later, no WMD have ever been found.

A Brown University study released to mark the anniversary states that at least 134,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed and that the war may have contributed to a death count as much as four times that number. Related costs to the U.S. have topped $2 trillion. Few, if any, gains were cited by the report as a rollback in women's rights, a weakened healthcare system, increased militant violence and squandered reconstruction funds were said to be the 'legacy' of the war in Iraq. What a fucking mess!

It was a time of protests in the streets, even before the onset of hostilities. And like any anti-war movement, there was a soundtrack to the struggle. Here's our pick of the top five 'Drop Bush, not Bombs' get out of Iraq anthems!

5. Neil Young - "Let's Impeach the President"
Neil Young's album Living With War featured "Let's Impeach the President." Though that call never really materialized politically, this was the kind of song that typified the sound heard at many anti-war rallies.

Key lyrics: "Let's impeach the President for lying / And misleading our country into war / Abusing all the power that we gave him / And shipping all our money out the door."

4. Anti-Flag - "Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.)"
Anti-Flag singer Justin Sane's screeching vocals on the cleverly named Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.) took one of the more popular satirical take downs of President's Bush and ran with it giving punk a voice in the movement.

Key lyrics: "This tribute, this salute / Cold hard facts one can't refute / Number one liberators in the world / Can kill better than ice is cold!"

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Wow.  10 years.  The wars sure have been a waste.  I mean, what was the point of hunting down Laden, anyway?  All the guy did was kill a few thousand liberal New Yorkers and Washington bureaucrats.  He should have gotten a medal instead.

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