In an interview published by Rolling Stone on May 7th, the Who’s Pete Townshend said ‘it’s very important that we keep our ammunition ready.”
He said this in response to a question about the Islamic State jihadist group — a question seeking his take on the state of a world in which ISIS and other terrorist groups play a growing threat.
Rolling Stone asked Townshend: “While we’re on the subject, when you look at ISIS and Boko Haram — and even what Putin has been up to, to some extent — do you worry about the state of the planet?”
Townshend responded by saying he hopes his answer does not earn him the label “neocon” again, by “Arianna Huffington… that dimwitted woman.” He then said, “I do think it’s very important that we keep our ammunition ready. I do feel there is nothing to worry about as long as we’re willing to protect ourselves.”
Had America not interceded in World War II, Germany would have taken over the whole of Europe. I think the most important thing is that we remember that. But also remember that we don’t need to act until this shit comes to our door. When that happens, whether it comes to our door in a Charlie Hebdo scenario or in a 9/11 scenario, we need to keep calm and to honor our own sense of values and justice and law and the way that we want to live.
Townshend and his fellow bandmates are practicing now for the upcoming launch of their 50th anniversary tour.
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