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Andrew Sullivan's commentary on Salon this week has to do with Sheryl Crow, showing up at the American Music Awards with a sequined shirt reading: "War is Not the Answer".

Says Sullivan:

Here is a fabulously wealthy, famously cute singer, telling the impoverished men, women and children tortured, gassed and abused by one of the most disgusting dictators of all time that any attempt to rescue or liberate them is "not the answer." And she expresses this message in sequins. She couldn't afford diamonds?


One is also required to ask: If war is "not the answer," what exactly is the question? I wonder if, in her long interludes of geopolitical analysis, Ms. Crow even asks herself that. Perhaps if she did -- let's say the question is about the threat of weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists -- we might have an inkling about what her "answer" might actually be. Mercifully, Ms. Crow provides us with what she believes is an argument. Are you sitting down? Here it comes:

"I think war is based in greed and there are huge karmic retributions that will follow. I think war is never the answer to solving any problems. The best way to solve problems is to not have enemies."

Sullivan then goes on to deconstruct and respond to her inanity, by his own admission taking her far too seriously. The sad part is, many people do.

Celebrity is a form of power, giving pop singers and movie stars the opportunity to opine about geopolitical matters. Problem is, some of these people I wouldn't trust to babysit my cat (if I had one). And what does Sheryl Crow do with the power of her celebrity? She enlightens the world with a sequined shirt.

Good grief.

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