But I knew he felt bad
Told me later was the saddest day he ever had
To see our dad so hopeless
That was the turning point that's what really gave him focus

from Lupe Fiasco (Ft. Kavinsky) – American Terrorist III Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

It wasn’t the fact that government got rid of the father’s pension that made the soldier depressed, it was seeing the hopelessness that his father felt that caused the soldier to feel so sad that he began thinking of ways to commit acts of terror.

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