This music video is called Paul Simon & Ladysmith Black Mambazo 2. ‘African Concert – Graceland -live in Africa’.
The music video includes, as its second song, a performance of the song Homeless, by Paul Simon and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. For its lyrics etc. see here.
The camp of George W. Bush talks about ‘supporting US troops’. That ‘support’ means in practice: send them to Afghanistan, to Iraq, etc. to be killed. Or: send them to Afghanistan, to Iraq, etc. to come back wounded, physically and/or mentally, maybe for life. Then, let them rot in squalid situations like in the Walter Reed hospital. While chickenhawk Bush supporters vandalize crosses commemorating US soldiers fallen in Iraq. Or tear away a father’s photo of his son, who died as a soldier in Iraq; then, five chickenhawks strong, kick that father everywhere.
From the Washington Post:
Many D.C. Veterans Homeless, Study Says
Report Sounds a National Alarm
By Steve Vogel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 8, 2007; Page B01
As many as 195,800 military veterans were homeless on any given night last year, and there are “troubling” indications that many service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could eventually face the same fate, according to a study being released today.
The report, from the National Alliance to End Homelessness, found that veterans make up a quarter of the United States’ homeless population and that the District has a particularly high rate, with an estimated 7.5 percent of the nearly 32,000 veterans in the city living on the streets, in shelters or in assisted housing.
As the United States peace movement says: ‘Support our troops; bring them home’. Bring them home, and not to having to sleep on the street as ‘home’.
The homelessness sung about by Ladysmith Black Mambazo was, the song says, caused by storm. So by a natural disaster; though we know from Hurricane Katrina etc. that economics, politics, etc., may make ‘natural’ disasters much worse. However, the homelessness of US veterans is economical and political.
Canadian soldiers suffering mental-health problems after Afghanistan: here.
Undiagnosed brain injury – the hidden legacy of Iraq. [British] MoD begins study amid fears that up to 20,000 soldiers may be affected: here.
Holiday Mail Addressed to `Any Wounded Soldier’ Will Be Returned or Thrown Out, Pentagon Says: here.