Iraqi Civil War by Johnny Punish and the Shabbab


Iraqi Civil War:   A Song By Johnny Punish and the Shabbab

Rock Opera Speaks to the Current Appalling State of Affairs

As the war rages on in Iraq, the war seems less about the U.S. against Saddam and more about the fight for power in the streets.

In fact, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll dated March 6, 2006, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that fighting between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in Iraq will lead to civil war, and half say the United States should begin withdrawing its forces from that violence-torn country

The survey found that 80 percent believe that recent sectarian violence makes civil war in Iraq likely, and more than a third say such a conflict is "very likely" to occur. These expectations extend beyond party lines: More than seven in 10 Republicans and eight in 10 Democrats and political independents say they believe such a conflict is coming.

In honor of the current state of affairs, Johnny Punish and the Shabbab, have put out a classic rock opera called Iraqi Civil War ……


This  song was inspired by an Old Irish song "Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye" – that turned into "Johnny Comes Marching  Home"  – one of the most famous songs in American histroy.  The Sheet music was first published by Henry Tolman and  Company of Boston in 1863 and bore the dedication "To the Army  and Navy of the Union." Redone by many, this modern version has been re-written, modified, and recorded by Twisted Nixon with lyrics by Johnny Punish. The music was arranged, produced, and mastered by Asi Es La Vida between November 10, 2003 and Nov. 21, 2003 at Asi Es La Vida Studios in Latin America.

The melody of this version is based on The Clash’s version of English Civil War circa 1978 with the lyrical tone taken in the spirit of the words written by the late great Joe Strummer and Mick Jones aka Jonesy. The song features the powerful lead vocals of Johnny Punish and background vocalists by Daniel Cordero.


In question after question, the new survey reflected a sharp decline in optimism, perhaps sparked by the sectarian violence that has flared in Iraq after the bombings of a revered Shiite mosque two weeks ago. Since then, deadly confrontations have occurred between Shiites and Sunnis, who are a minority in Iraq but were favored under Saddam Hussein’s regime.
The poll found that 56 percent think the United States is not making significant progress toward restoring civil order in Iraq, while 43 percent think that stability is being reestablished — a 17-point drop in optimism since December and the most pessimistic reading on this question since it was first asked in June 2004.

So what do we have?  An Iraqi Civil War? Apparently Johnny Punish and the Shabbab think so.  Check out their song Iraqi Civil War by Johnny Punish and the Shabbab.

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