MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"Thank you for the kind words, but I am not prophet [referring to his previous posting — Ed.]. I just read and watch the news. That doesn't make how I feel when I read or watch something right or wrong, and in fact the media is responsible for keeping a dark shroud over everything that we are not supposed to know about. Ask yourself what is an Amero or the N.A. Union?
"I am sad to see that some of the Droogs have missed the point of my post: rape is rape, and these soldiers were sent to protect them of 'behalf of the UN' which is what the song 'United Abominations' is about. If the song was about the US military then I would have posted about the US rapes that took place since the Iraq War started this second time, I am well aware of them, as well as the murders, and the torture.
"Read the lyrics to 'Amerikhastan' too about how the rules of engagement have changed in war. This is not the same kind of combat that we played in the sandbox when we were kids, that we saw displayed on TV, that was reasonably close to real life, but how can Hollywood really capture the horrors of war on film?
"The best war movies like 'Saving Private Ryan' were intense, but that was from a comfy chair in a theater. I will never know what it is like to be on the hard side of the turmoil that our Droogies go through in some of these war torn countries.
"And the threat of war or personal danger has not kept me or MEGADETH from bringing our music and our often misinterpreted lyrics to faraway places like Tel Aviv, and just recently subsided wars like Serbia or places where they just don't like Americans, like where we are going next year possibly to Russia or where I just was in Indonesia to top a list of dozens and dozens of countries.
"I believe that there should be justice for any person that is raped, and sometimes men are raped too, and not always by other men.
"Let's get back to the point, though. The post was a 'no shit?' post. Not a 'you are guilty and the US is not.' Only a complete moron would read into my post and get that out of it.
"To all of the fans here that may have been offended by what I said, it was not my intention to exonerate the US military for the disgraceful behaviors that have been committed by them or any military or militia (see it just seems f&*#ing stupid even putting it into words like that), and I apologize for your being subjected to the mindless posts of misunderstanding 'posters'; I cant bring myself to call people who talk about me or assume that I am like that, indicating that they know nothing about me 'Droogies', because that means 'friends' and I have very few stupid friends.
"To the fans that enjoy this journey with me through learning stuff, and discovering who is right and who is wrong, and hanging out and being man enough (or woman) to admit when you are wrong (and humble when you are right), then you are in the right place. Check me on this. I say when I am wrong, and I help gently and lovingly to point out when you are wrong too, unless you are a 'turd' like the users whose names I now know and will probably never become friends with. The funny thing is I have friends like a professor from Berkeley and have had discussion about things that I don't agree with, or understand, or even believe, and in no way did I blame another university for his comments or blame him for not bringing up other people in his conversation with me.
"Kind of sucks when I put it like that, huh? Tisk, tisk, tisk.
"Well, although I am asking to be forgiven and I forgive the posters, I know who I will be thinking about during my workout today.
"Anyway, onto lighting someone else up, or in this case something, I decided that I am going to try to play 'Burnt Ice' tonight for Masa Itoh, our good friend in Japan, and we are going to have a little surprise for the Japanese Dloogies! (lol), during 'Peace Sells', that I don't think they have ever seen us do. We have always been close with Masa and played at the Hard Rock Café in Japan and did a cover of GEORGE HARRISON's 'My Sweet Lord' in his honor. Not that he is my Lord, but because I changed the lyrics from 'My-sweet-lor-d' to 'Ma-sa-I-toh'.
"Contrary to popular belief, I DO have a sense of humor, and I am a nice guy. Remember it was my Godfather that is the 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' guy."