VIDEO: Syrian forces dance to Usher

Posted By KATE STANTON,  |  Feb. 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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Is this video a testament to the power of music? Does it show that soldiers locked in an embittered conflict with their own countrymen still have enough humanity to get down to 2004's universally popular club anthem, "Yeah?" Or is it meant to mock gun-crazy regime loyalists?

According to The Telegraph, the video's origins are unknown, but both pro and anti-regime media sites are using the clip on their websites.

Its appearance on the pro-regime website SyriaTube suggests it might be taken at face value – as depicting a light-hearted moment shared by Syrian soldiers taking a break from the country's civil war.

Its appearance on Ugarit News – with an Arabic caption describing it as a "leaked video" in which "regime forces go crazy and start dancing to Western music" – suggests its use as anti-regime propaganda, mocking the soldiers.

The soldiers in the clip start off dancing, and there's even a conga line at one point. But when someone fires a gun into the air, they stop dancing and begin chanting, "With our souls, with our blood, we sacrifice for you, Bashar."

[H/T Telegraph/Washington Post]

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