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Friday, September 24, 2004

Eye of the Cat

Former pop singer, Cat Stevens, a converted Muslim, was deported to Britain this week by officials of the American Homeland Security because his activities “could be linked to terrorism”. Stevens had a string of sappy peacenik hits before shelving his singing and songwriting career in the 70’s and changing his name to Yusuf Islam. Of course, these hasty actions are being criticized by Muslim groups as another farcical example of the ultimately Draconian standards and practices employed by US Immigration authorities.

Apparently, Stevens has turned up on a US list of suspected terrorists and that his activities could be potentially linked to the spread of terrorism. Furthermore, US Intelligence has claimed that Stevens has donated money to support the militant Islamic group Hammas; a claim that he continues to vehemently deny.

Wait, isn’t this the same guy who sang ‘Peace Train’ for fuck sakes? How ridiculous is that? I think I would be more inclined to worry about your average, middle-aged, Anglo-Saxon Slayer fan who likes to dabble in homemade explosives in his basement in his spare time than worry about whether an old hippie-type should be allowed back on American soil once again.

I hardly think that Stevens albums ‘Tea for the Tillerman’ and ‘Teaser and the Firecat’ were intended as rebellious prophetic foreshadows of a rising New World Order.

I’m sure all the evil Hammas terrorist group members all huddle together and sing ‘Morning Has Broken’ in order to psyche themselves up before hijacking airplanes and flying them into buildings or strapping vests of C4 explosives to themselves and storming public marketplaces. It’d be like the Anarchists version of the old classic Survivor “pump up” tune ‘Eye of the Tiger’.

“Morning has broken, like the first tower
Ahmed Yassine has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing flesh from the sword.”

Am I missing something here?


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