immorak™ (immorak) wrote in loud,

System Of A Down SPEAKS!!! (From StreetWise Newsletter)

What's Up StreetWise,

Below are some profound words from SYSTEM OF A DOWN'S Serj Tankian and John
Dolmayan. If you have anything that you want to add, comment on, or just get
off your chest...we want to hear it.

StreetWise Concepts & Culture 2001
"Bringing You The Sickest New Shit First"

"Our whole world has been sickened by the terrible events in New York and
D.C. I've been calling out to friends all week to make sure they're ok. My
heart goes out to all the families suffering because of this madness.
As American citizens, we are in the privileged position to be able to speak
our hearts, even if other people disagree. I highly value the fact that I
can make a statement with my intention being to sponsor peace and
understanding of the tragic events that have been unfolding. I ask only
that, for the long-term survival of our planet, we all concentrate on
positive energies in our lives while pursuing justice.
I would not be alive if not for the American orphanages that raised my
grandfather after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, so I have a lot of love and
respect for the good things that America has and can continue to achieve."

--- Serj Tankian, vocalist, System of a Down
A tremendous catastrophe occurred on Tuesday, September 11 and although we may
not fully understand the sense of helplessness felt by the families of the
deceased, our lives have been greatly affected. While injustice exists in the
world this in no way excuses, condones or diminishes the horror experienced in
New York. This was obviously the end result of fanatic frustration, but the
important fact remains: thousands of mothers, fathers, daughters and sons were
taken from their families in a senseless act of brutality. No political rhetoric
or talk of vengeance will bring them back. In this time of mourning, we must
band together to show our compassion and respect for the families, who at this
moment, live in a world of disbelief, shock and loss. Their pain is what we in a
humanitarian act need to focus our energy on. In the hopes of rising from this
tragedy stronger and more understanding of each other, we must open our hearts
in an attempt to douse the fires of vengeance and murder.
Please focus your energy towards positive thoughts and love.

--- John Dolmayan, percussion, System Of A Down
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