by Leonard Pierce
The world today is a violent place. Terrorism, war, genocide and bloodshed are in the headlines every day. But in the rush to find a culprit — drugs? a turning away from religion? video games? — no one has considered the most obvious suspect of all: national anthems. In nearly every country on Earth, the song meant to embody everything dear and sacred to the national character of its citizens is more blood-soaked and hostile than a Marduk concert. Judge for yourself: before we have another UN intervention, international treaty or trade agreement, might we not consider a massive program of anthem reform?