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Blackcatter Who was Bobby Sands? (86* d) Lyr Add: THE PATRIOT GAME (Dominic Behan, Tom Cook 17 Oct 04

Speaking of the Patriot Game, here's how I updated the song to honor two victims of the current illegal war.

The Patriot Game
Dominic Behan (additional words by Tom Cook, all rights reserved)

Come all you young soldiers, and hear what I sing,
For the love of one's country is a terrible thing.
It banishes fear with the speed of a flame,
And it makes us all part of the patriot game.

My name is del Solar, and I'm from Mexico.
I joined the Marines and I'm 20 years old.
My fam-i-ly left home and to America came,
To play out my part in the patriot game.

This nation of ours has a mission to serve.
Exporting our ethics to those who deserve.
I knew that was just, so a Marine I became.
And now I'm a part of the patriot game.

I've been sent to Iraq now to aid in the fight.
Our doctrine is simple: That might begets right,
So I'm here in a war with insurgents to blame
For the danger I find in the patriot game.

And now as I lie here, my body all holes,
I think of those traitors who bargained in souls
I wish that my rifle had given the same
To those cowards who sold us the patriot game


Lance Cpl. Jesus Suarez del Solar was born in Tiajuana, Mexico. His father, Fernando Suarez del Solar, brought his family from Tijuana, Mexico to fulfill Jesus' wish to become a Marine. Jesus enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2001. He was killed in combat March 29, 2004. He wrote several critical letters home.

His father was able to protest at the Republican Convention. He borrowed credentials from a friend to get on the floor during the speech of Laura Bush. While there he held up a sign that read "Bush lied, my son died." That wasn't his only action, but it was the most dramatic.

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