Serj Tankian also thanks the US for providing a home and sanctuary for his orphaned refugee grandfather over 80 years ago...
OF A DOWN vocalist SERJ TANKIAN has spoken out about the
terrorist atrocities that struck the US last Tuesday, (September 11) appealing for
peace and the pursuit of justice.
Tankian, whose band are
currently topping the US album charts with ‘Toxocity’, also
thanks the US for providing a home and sanctuary for his orphaned refugee
grandfather over 80 years ago.
“Our whole world has been sickened by the
terrible events in New York and D.C.,” he says
in a statement just released. “I’ve been calling out to friends all week to make
sure they’re OK. My heart goes out to all the families suffering because of this
“As American citizens, we are in the privileged position to be able
to speak our hearts, even if other people disagree. I highly value the fact that
I can make a statement with my intention being to sponsor peace and understanding
of the tragic events that have been unfolding. I ask only that, for the
long-term survival of our planet, we all concentrate on positive energies in our
lives while pursuing justice.
“I would not be alive if not for the American
orphanages that raised my grandfather after the Armenian Genocide of 1915, so I
have a lot of love and respect for the good things that America has and can
continue to achieve.”
Of A Down will head out on the postponed ‘Pledge Of
Allegiance’ tour around the US with Slipknot in October.