From Kabul to Khartoum

From Guatemala to Korea
To the tunnels beneath Hanoi
From Tulsa to El Chorillo
Fat Man to Little Boy

We fought them in Nicaragua
And upon the Cuban shore
We killed Khaddafi’s daughter
See what the fatwa’s got in store

We’re gonna bomb our way to freedom
With the cruise missiles of justice
And the spent shells of democracy
Oh, say, can you see

From Kabul to Khartoum
Where Allah’s martyrs bled
To the Iraqi desert
Two hundred thousand people dead


From the School of the Assassins
To Argentina’s dirty war
From Arizona to Nevada
We’ll nuke our way to heaven’s door


“From Kabul to Khartoum” originally appeared on the 2001 CD, Living In These Times. The sheet music appears in my Songbook Vol I (1997-2004).

Bill Clinton bombed a school in Kabul and a pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum in 1998, and I wrote this song. According to something I remember Noam Chomsky mentioning, the impact of the bombing in Sudan meant that much-needed drugs were no longer being produced, and this led to lots of people dying. Even more needlessly than usual, and as a direct consequence of US foreign policy, under the leadership of the Democratic Party. To my knowledge, there has never been an apology for this war crime.