Before Joe Strummer (The Clash's frontman) passed away in 2002 he said that he regretted the fact that this song was used as a war victory chant/anthem of the Allied Forces during the invasion of Kuwait... and that the phrase "Rock The Casbah" was written on the side of a U.S bomb (no shit!) I've always had the complete opposite impression of this song/video... I think of Joe Strummer as a peacenik not a warmonger, who would sooner write a song about how war is a shitty excuse for oil as oppose to something positive... I don't get the controversy. In any case, it's a great sounding tune.