The pretty, 1970s soft rock melody disguises country music criticism of Islam and the Taliban, in support of American troops and President George W. Bush. Does the humour in the 2003 song belittle the importance of the message to its political adherents?
The Taliban is the radical movement of Islam that has guided/oppressed Afghanistan, and other places, with Sharia law. Its allies were of course behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Sharia law is like the religious and moral code for Islam. It is criticized for not respecting human rights, free speech, women and sexual orientation, though defenders might opine it has been demonized in the creation of a modern enemy for the West. As the redneck country outlaw he portrays, Toby Keith could be sometimes labelled with the same insensitivity?