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The "Men in the Shadows" Story

This was inspired by the Jackson Browne song, "Lives in the Balance". This anti-war song was written in 1986, but the lyrics ring as true today as 20 years ago. The song lines that got my juices flowing are...

"I want to know who the men in the shadows are
I want to hear somebody asking them why"

To read all of the song lyrics, here is a link:

"Lives in the Balance" lyrics

To hear the song along with a very powerful and disturbing editorial video, you can visit this site. Warning: this video is graphic and only offers a very liberal view of the current Iraq war.. For some reason, you have to click "play" twice.

Anti-war Video

While this piece is a woodturning, it is also an "anti-war" statement. It's not an "anti-military" statement. It's not an "anti-Bush" statement. It's not meant to disrespect anyone other than those people, on all sides, who stay in the shadows and pull the strings that result in death and destruction. I'm not trying to say who is right or wrong, just that war is wrong. I'm not interested in identifying the individual "men"; I think they exist in most societies. I just want people to spend a little more time asking them "why".


Malcolm Tibbetts, 738 Modesto Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 malcolm@tahoeturner.com ©2004