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Thread #17801   Message #172966
Posted By: The Shambles
03-Feb-00 - 02:58 PM
Thread Name: Baez interview. Americans and enemies
Subject: Baez interview. Americans and enemies
There is an interview in this weeks BBC Radio Times (UK) with Joan Baez, who is coming here to be presented an award in the inaugural BBC Folk Awards. To be broadcast on BBC Radio 2 @ 20.00 Wednesday 9th February, with an all-star cast. If I can find a link with more info on this event I will post another thread for it.

She is to be presented with one of those 'lifetime achievement' awards, which they seem to give at the 'Oscars' to 'old' movie stars, just for still being alive.

In the interview, which you can hear on she was talking about her first act of civil disobedience, when she was 14, during the cold war and being called a 'commie dupe'.

"In America we can't function psychologically without an enemy, so we create them, and even if there isn't one we prepare by building missiles. I don't know what it will take to change the evil in the world."

As a resident of the UK I did not know what to make of this statement? She also talks to stones. Of course it is only her, personal view and I am with her on the last bit (I don't know either) but does the first part of that statement apply particularly to America?