In 2003, the Beastie Boys rapped about the war on terror. US President George W. Bush supposedly came up with the “war on terror” label (or one of his staffers). The term largely refers to US and UK efforts to rid the world of al-Qaeda, the militant Islamic organization seeking global Jihad (formerly headed by Osama bin Laden). Jihad is used in this sense (maybe, commonly, in a pejorative, loaded fashion) as a war against enemies of Islam. The Beastie Boys argue in this song that the war on terror is as much about U.S. imperialism and the egos of President Bush, as about protecting America from another 9/11.
Also by The Beastie Boys: Girls