Grammy-nominated artist John Ondrasik released an “unpolitically motivated” song about the recent US withdrawal strategy from Afghanistan.
Ondrasik, of Slovak origin, said in a press release: âI wrote the song ‘Blood on My Hands’ to protest morally against the evacuation strategy during the withdrawal from Afghanistan and to call for the responsibility of our leaders. I remain outraged by the abandonment of our Afghan allies, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs) and Special Immigrant Visa Holders (SIVs) we have sworn to protect, and the daily atrocities the Taliban perpetrate on women and men. the children. As a musician, I am particularly alarmed by the Taliban murder of folk singer Fawad Andarabi, the burning down of a music school and the subsequent hunting of young female students, and the national ban from live music.
âI found strength and inspiration in the incredible response to this song. I have been inundated with emails, texts, comments on social media, and have received many phone calls from Americans who think the words and tone express their feelings of shame and anger.
âOver the past few days, I have found myself in a surreal position of serving as a gateway for many seeking help in evacuating the families of US citizens, SIV holders and Afghan allies. Another example of generational government failure is the fact that desperate people turn to a singer when they’ve hit a brick wall with our State Department.
âA Silver Liner has met and talked daily with real American heroes who organize, fund and execute evacuations and rescues. Their bravery and innovation live up to the American promise that has been shredded by the leaders who are called by name in “Blood On My Hands.” I look forward to continuing to carry the message of this song until every deserving Afghan who wants to leave Afghanistan is freed from the slavery and tyranny of the Taliban. I hope other American musicians who take pride in giving oppression a voice will join in this outcry. “
Ondrasik recently posted this and other statements on Twitter:
âAmerica may have broken its promise, but not the heroic Americans and other world leaders. Amazing work from @glennbeck and his team.
Listen to the slow-paced new track, all of the proceeds of which, according to Ondrasik, will go to Afghan refugees and charities.