Krist's Liner notes For A War Help Compilation CD
Some evils of the war in the former Yogoslavia are partially rooted in the events of W.W.II. Some were borne out of the post war 'workers state' that was manipulated to benefit a few. But the evil unleashed from a broken heart, pain mainfested into a focused vengeance for the murder of a loved one, is a pure passion that is not only illogical and regressive, but unmistakably human. One might try to understand this yes humanity, but what of the cultural eradication, the rape and displacement all of the belligerent murderous atrocities committed against humdreds of thousands of people, in name of nationalism, personal gain and profit? This is part of our past, a part of our present, but it be part of our future? More importantly, where does this fit into our destiny as the Human Race?
Our passions can inhibit our progress toward our collective destiny, but redemption in the form of compassion, ingenuity and art ensure us a crack at the goal. These later attributes are what is contained in this collection of music from various artists. Passion manifesting through art and expression is what will save us when the saga of mankind is assessed. Until our potential is fully realised, we must tell our leaders that war and misery will not be tolerated! We must assert our humanly good natures as simply and eloquently as a handshake to a neighbour, for starters. We must align ourselves with the victims of this tragedy as fellow human beings and demand that all the perpetuators of war crimes be brought to justice.
Let us not fool ourselves with all of the technological progress that is developing around. We are still, after all, living in the twentieth century and what a bloody century it has been.
Krist Novoselic - August 1995