Ah, in my youth sounds of music emanated from Germany and the sight of marching bands with Swastika banners flowing above were common. Even in New York City, Nazi groups marched through our streets and their blasting music of power and war pushed through our hearts and turned away the sounds of peace. These days in Germany neo-Nazi groups are the rage in music. Of course, they represent a minority, but one that can stir feelings of hate and anger toward Muslim immigrants. Ironically, Muslims are even more hated than that other group–oh, those Jews–who once suffered from the sound of warlike music. Interior ministers from 16 regional states in Germany will shortly employ the music capacity of the mobile phone-based music identification service, Shazam which can select the name of a band from a short sample picked up via the phone’s microphone.
Police could use this information to recognize neo-Nazi music being played on Internet radio stations. The goal is to prevent the music being played at gatherings. One can halt the music being played, but one can not halt the music being played at some place and some time. Music can never be silenced, but music desires can change with education and a commitment to society.
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I was raised in a world in which Irish people were dedicated supporters of democracy and the right of people to enjoy freedom of religion as well as oppose forces of hatred. Union leaders like Mike Quill fought for human rights and would never support forces of hatred toward those who wanted the right to live in peace. New reports from Ireland indicate members of the Irish Republican Army are linking up with the Taliban to secure mortars and rocket launchers that would shoot down planes. The IRA apparently has decided to join with the Taliban and get into the business of placing hate as the number one place on the agenda of Irish freedom. Frankly, the very concept of the IRA connected to the Taliban makes no sense to those such as myself who always wanted Ireland to enjoy a democratic society which secured rights to all people in Ireland, Catholic or Protestant.
One wonders if some IRA folk joined the British army in order to go to Afghanistan and obtain military training and equipment which could be returned to the green shores of Ireland. How did we ever reach a stage in which the IRA was now a killing buddy of the Taliban??
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