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Pashtun hard-core rap: A report on the messages carried in Taliban chants

Pashtun hard-core rap: A report on the messages carried in Taliban chants

There’s an interesting article on Taliban chants in the new issue of Small Wars and Insurgencies by Thomas Johnson and Ahmed Waheed of the Naval Postgraduate School. It’s kind of Pashtun rap. Some have even been posted on the YouTube, they say.

One, which reminds me of Peter Tosh’s old Downpressor, kicks off this way:

Oh Western dragon! Where will you go when we shut all the ways?
Oh Western dragon! Where will you go when we shut all the ways?
Oh Western dragon! You have an opportunity to run away now.
Hurry and get out of Kabul so that you don’t regret when you are captured.

There’s also some surprising content: In this one, which I take as a response to American counterinsurgency efforts, the Taliban also take on fire worshippers.

The enemies have come in the shape of friends. They look like human beings but they are wild animals. The act of disuniting people stays in their blood and their messages are look like flowers but they are full of poison. They have come under the banner of the friends but they are murderers.

The enemies have come in the shape of friends. They look like human beings
but they are wild animals. I have always made the destiny of this country. I
have brought happiness and beauty to my country. They have come under the
name of sympathy but they are muggers. They have come under the name of
sympathy but they are muggers.

The enemies have come in a shape of friends. They look like human beings but
they are wild animals. They are Jewish but half of them are idolaters. They are
fire worshippers who came from East and West.

When we have intelligence officers who routinely listen to this sort of thing, we will actually be able to operate in Afghanistan with effectiveness.