This song was written in the July/August timeframe, 2013.
As I write this, MPs debate the issue of UK military intervention in Syria. Mindful of previous interventions in the Middle East, dating back to the Crusades, we wonder whether the military have been too keen in previous years to rush headlong into conflict?
The song juxstaposes two opposing sides in the so-called “war on terror” (the terrorist vs. the young western soldier) and finds their youth and testosterone in common. It beseeches both sides not “to go the war, over things that you cannot know for sure”. Neither about faith or about political conviction.
(I am a big believer in doubt. As a counter-weight and sanitiser)
I have family in the armed services. In the US Marines and elsewhere. I would REALLY like them all to stay alive. J