Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rock On, Libyan Fighters

“When it got really quiet, we’d play guitar and sing ‘Mother, do you think they’ll drop the bomb?’” said Abdulfatah Shaka, 22, his rocket-propelled-grenade launcher at his side. “The snipers would get furious and start shooting everywhere.”
From this interesting Atlantic piece,* thanks to a Current Intelligence re-tweet.
* The Atlantic has really been bringing the heat lately.  Some very good reads the past few months.
The good news is that these guys quickly dumped the Backstreet Boys (even though that is what a good urban insurgent is, ironically enough) for Pink Floyd, Metallica, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, and, the Canadians will be pleased, Neil Young.

Still, this article presents the darkness of war pretty well:
For Bozaid, a machine gunner who put his body count at more than 25, preparation for battle meant listening to Slayer on his smart phone. “Some of my friends said that I should be reading the Koran. But I needed my drug.”

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