January 12, 2004

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider has joined fellow hard rockers Ted Nugent and Gene Simmons in saying the war against former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was justified.

Speaking to Insight magazine's John Berlau, Snider said, "Weapons of mass destruction or not, he [Saddam] was asking for it, and he got it. As far as kicking his ass, he deserved it.

"I feel for the United States in what's going on here, because I liken it to my own experience in life," Snider continued. "I'm a big , fairly powerful guy and an intense guy. From time to time, less intense, less powerful, small people will take their shots at me or pick on me, and I'll lay back and I'll be nice, nice, nice, nice, nice, and they keep going and they keep bugging me or whatever. I'm talking about on a business level, not just fisticuffs, although that happens as well. And finally, I'll go, 'You know what? [Forget] this,' and I'll destroy them. And all of a sudden, they'll fall back and say, 'What are you doing?' And people will look around and go, 'Hey dude. You just beat the crap out that guy, verbally or whatever.' And I'll go, 'Wait a minute - this guy has been bugging me, asking for it forever, and now I gave it to him and I'm the bad guy?'

"And that's what's happened in Iraq. Iraq was poking at us, annoying us, acting like they're tough, and then bam — we hit them, and they fell down, and the world is looking at us saying, 'Hey, what did you do that for?' [Saddam] was driving us nuts for years, the sword-rattling was insane, and all of a sudden we beat him up and we're the bad guy."

On DIXIE CHICKS singer Natalie Maines bashing Bush and the war, Snider's take is that "she had every right to say it" but shouldn't have said it in a foreign country. "I don't think that was super cool," he says. "It's kind of like a family situation. Say what you want to the family within the family, but don't go blabbing it to the neighbors. It's our business, not theirs."

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