ANTHRAX Guitarist Says There Is Nothing Wrong With Criticizing The War In Iraq

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian believes that everyone should be allowed an opportunity to state their political views, even if they happen to be critical of the government's foreign policy in a time of war.

"I find it extremely disturbing that people in the U.S. are being criticized for criticizing the government and the president," Ian writes in his regular online column at ANTHRAX's official web site. "There's nothing wrong with being patriotic. There is everything wrong with being an ignorant ass. A lot of people can't separate the two. I support the men and women that are willing to risk their lives for America. I don't support the war pigs that put them at risk. It's my right as an American to speak my mind about my president and government. That's what a free society is about. That's what we as Americans have fought for since our inception. When these so-called 'patriots' come down on the DIXIE CHICKS, or Serj Tankian, or Sean Penn, or anyone that speaks their mind, they're showing how ignorant they are.

"I'm going to leave you with a quote from a man that can express it much more eloquently than I could: 'To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.' — Theodore Roosevelt"

ANTHRAX will kick off a European tour on June 5 with an appearance at Summer Rocks Festival in Budapest, Hungary. Support at the group's German headlining dates will come from PRONG.

ANTHRAX's latest CD, "We've Come For You All", available in the U.S. since May 6 through Sanctuary Records, shifted 9,819 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release to debut at No. 122 on The Billboard 200 chart.

Tags:

Posted in: News

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).