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Posted on February 12, 2008

Dave Mustaine spoke recently to CausticTruths.com about the motivations behind UA.

Well Megadeth has had political records for ever, explains Mustaine. All you need to do is look at the titles: Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying, The System Has Failed, The World Needs a Hero. The majority of the music has always been political in nature. And a while ago, there was something that had happened in New York where a Russian ambassador from the United Nations had driven through a stop sign, drunk as a skunk and killed a dude and got off because of diplomatic immunity. You know what? If that was MY kid, I don’t know if I would be satisfied with that. I absolutely have to tell you, I don’t know if I would be satisfied that a guy could kill my kid, driving drunk, and that just because he’s a diplomat from another country that he would be exonerated.

So that made me really start looking at what the UN was all about. And the more I would watch politics, I would see most people don’t really give much credence to the UN. They just kind of think it’s a figurehead. Well, it wasn’t created to just be an empty figurehead. It was created to promote peace and keep people from going to war against one another. And there’s a new movie coming out called You And Me that I had a chance to participate in and when I saw the trailer for it I said I absolutely want to say something as a person that travels from country to country.

You know we went into Serbia, and I watched out the window of the bus as we drove from disaster area to disaster area, getting to the place that we stayed, and these kids were so poor, brother, we had to sell our t-shirts for I think five bucks that night, and they usually sell for like $25 to $30 just so that we could show them that we love them and we support them and that heavy metal knows no boundaries and it’s color blind. You know we went there as four musicians that don’t really care about politics. All we care about is just bringing the music to them and them standing up for themselves. I myself find that a little bit incredulous after you take a swipe at the UN, to say that we don’t, that we don’t care about politics but that’s my own particular feelings and my opinions and I’m not pushing that on anybody, I never have. Even though I got involved in Rock The Vote in America back in 1992 and I went to the White House, and I’ve shaken hands with the President. I’ve never told any of our fans how to vote. I just say do vote.

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