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The casket of Ian D. Manuel killed in Iraq before it is lowered into the ground forever

Masters Of War

Bob Dylan

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

Rob is the founder and editor of the progressive news site and is a frequent contributor to

Originally posted to Rob on Sun Jan 25, 2004 at 04:47 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks Rob (none)
    The pictures the pro-war media never shows.

    Where is our generation's Walter Cronkite?

    Let's never forget we are American patriots first, loyal Democrats second, and presidential candidate supporters third.

    by rusrivman on Sun Jan 25, 2004 at 04:49:50 AM PST

  •  You know him (none)
    He's the host of this site.

    The Empirical Left is Coming!

    by Chris Bowers on Sun Jan 25, 2004 at 05:01:57 AM PST

  •  so far (none)
    I've been fortunate, everyone I know that's gone to Iraq has come back or still faring well enough.

    Thanks for doing what our press doesn't have the spine to do Rob - give a fallen soldier and his family one last salute.

  •  I hope.... (none)
    I hope pictures like these haunt Bush, Kerry, Edwards, Lieberman and everybody else who backed this unnecessary war for the rest of their lives (and beyond).

    Save America - Vote Democrat!

    by Len on Sun Jan 25, 2004 at 05:31:34 AM PST

  •  Good DIary Rob (none)
    That was the first post that you have ever made that is not Clark rules and/or Dean sucks press release.  This is a great entry.
    •  I agree (none)
      I was getting a little tired of Rob's predictable rants.  Don't know why I decided to read this diary entry from Rob (I've skipped the last several), but I'm glad I clicked on it.  Thanks, Rob.  We may disagree on Dean and Clark, but we can all agree on the price of this war.

      Every time I get a Vermont quarter in my change, I donate $25 to the Dean campaign.

      by Hiram on Sun Jan 25, 2004 at 10:16:37 AM PST

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      •  Yes, I almost missed it too (none)
        Expected some sort of Dean $ story.  Nice to see anti-Iraq war stuff from a Clark supporter.  Like Kimberly, I've been lucky to have not lost friends or family members yet.  My sister-in-law's brother is over there w/ the 101st.  His job is to confirm deaths and get the info to the families of those killed.

        I sent a package through anysoldier around Christmas.  Every day I hear of casualties I wonder whether it's the person I wrote to.  That it's "anysoldier" brings home the reality that I'm connected, as I am with all humans, to people that are dying.  And I blame Bush and all the congressmen who voted for this war.      

        "First, let me make it very clear, poor people aren't necessarily killers. Just because you happen to be not rich doesn't mean you're willing to kill." - Shrub

        by kelly on Sun Jan 25, 2004 at 02:07:44 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for reminding us.. (none)
    What its all about.

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