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Born In The USA (Bruce Sprinsteen)

*** Born In The   USA ***  (Bruce Springsteen)

- The song:

 Flag 2 Born in the USA

- The singer:
 
Bruce Springsteen
 
- The words:
 
"Born in the U.S.A.
Got in a little hometown jam so they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land to go and kill the yellow man
Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A."

- The war:
 
Vietnam War (1959 - 1975)
 
- The presidential election:
 
US presidential election of 1984 (actually a contest between the incumbent President Ronald Reagan and the former Vice President Walter Mondale and other candidates)
 
- The relationship:
 
(extract taken from Wikipedia)
"Springsteen probably is best known for his album Born in the U.S.A. (1984), which sold 15 million copies in the U.S. alone and became one of the best-selling albums of all time with seven singles hitting the top 10, and the massively successful world tour that followed it. The title track was a bitter commentary on the treatment of Vietnam veterans, some of whom were Springsteen's friends and bandmates. The song was widely misinterpreted as nationalistic, and in connection with the 1984 presidential campaign became the subject of considerable folklore".
As the source quoted says, Springsteen's song was taken as a nationalistic one whereas what he does in his song is just the opposite: he criticizes the American way of life and American intervention in international affairs...
 
- The video:
 
Excellent video showing an anti-war stand. DON'T MISS IT!

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 - My point of view:
 
I have contradictory feelings as regards American intervention in world-wide conflicts... On one hand, I really think America should mind its own business... On the other I'm not American but I think there's a tendency to blame America for everything...  If you talk to Americans, especially the ones who are in the military, they tell you "yeah, the whole world complains about us, but they call US when they are in trouble!" And well I think it's right... I think America did help some countries in need by giving them loans and Americans did tip the scale at both WWI and WWII...
Besides, I believe we have the tendency to blame a COUNTRY whereas we should blame ITS president... I presume many of the decisions taken by the president do not represent America ITSELF or the way MANY Americans think...
 
- My conclusion:
 
I definitely think war will NEVER end... cause war is ACTUALLY a BIG BUSINESS...
 
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