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October 9, 2006

Waziristan Music Shops Go Jihad

AKI reports the culture within Waziristan is changing dramatically with the environment becoming clearly more militant and forsaking ancient traditions. Jihad poetry and songs have replaced other hits and poems to celebreat Waziristan's 'tribalness.' Music store owners that used to sell popular Pakistani music were threatened (what else?) to carry taranas, the song of the jihad.

I found one such poem, and it's very sad.

I was just a boy when the infidels came to my village in their Blackhawk helicopters. The infidels fired at the oil fields and they lit up like the eyes of Allah. Burning oil rained down from the sky and cooked everything it touched. I could only hide myself and cry as my goats were consumed by the fiery black liquid death. In the midst of the chaos, I could swear that I heard my goats screaming for help. As quickly as they had come, the infidels were gone. It was on that day I put a jihad on them. And if you don't believe it, then you'd better kill me now, because I'll put a jihad on you, too.

Of course that excpert is a joke, taken from the movie 'Team America,' but AKI provides a short excerpt of a poem written by Faqir Muhammad Darwaish and I challenge you to show me the difference.

"Americans unleashed a rain of bombs on my native town. That forced me to leave it in a dejected and helpless mood." Yet he ends the same poem by defiantly asserting: "Americans! Make no mistake, one day I will return to my village to avenge my humiliation."

It must be nice to sincerely believe every single incident that ever happens to you that is not exactly great can be blamed upon someone else. I mean seriously. I bombed a test in college; damn number 1 and a half pencil (I mean who makes those, why and how the hell did I ever get one of those?). I tripped over the curb; stupid street engineers who can't figure out how to make curbs smaller for those of us who don't fully lift our feet.

But while the songs and poems villify the United States for occupying 'Islamic' land, as if that's actually a new argument within Islamist circles and hasn't carried on for, say, 1600 years or so, the greater irony of it all is that the singers' albums would never had been sold if a foreign occupying force did not violently impose its will upon the local populace. But those people wouldn't understand that irony if it was enclosed in a cruise missile.

Posted by Chad at October 9, 2006 2:52 PM

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