Rap Music – a modern military weapon

By SEBASTIAN ABBOT, Associated Press
AJDABIYA, Libya – Libyan rebel fighter Jaad Jumaa Hashmi cranks up the volume on his pickup truck’s stereo when he heads into battle against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
A musician himself, he looks for inspiration from a growing cadre of amateur rappers whose powerful songs have helped define the revolution.
The music captures the anger and frustration young Libyans feel at decades of repressive rule under Gadhafi, driving the 27-year-old Hashmi forward even though the heavy machine gun bolted on the back of his truck — and other weapons in the rebel arsenal — are no match for Gadhafi’s heavy artillery.

The complete AP article is here

Not exactly a fan at all of rap music, with it’s annoying nagging reoccurring theme of violence, it appears to be a primary driving force in the Libyan freedom fight. And apparently for that exact reason, Inciting to violence. So… once again American violence has been exported musically for use in a country in the throws of civil war. Blaring from the radios in the trucks and vehicles of the rebel forces it has become inspirational. Once it is over where will it lead? Dunno.
But would it be inappropriate to use the tag line “Imported from Detroit” or maybe even “Made in USA”?
Well at least we have found a way to make Rap music somewhat useful. inspiring violence and conflict in other countries, on other continents! Excellent Job Rappers! You have found your niche.

Just one mans opinion.


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I am an aging American Navy veteran with some very pointed and acidic opinions. Feel free to heed the warning and read on.

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