Flashback to Nam,

from Rakim – Casualties of War Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Rakim draws an analogy between the First Persian Gulf war and the Vietnam War, still very much in the minds of the public in the 90s and seen as illegitimate due to the surfacing of the real events regarding the Gulf Of Tonkin event. He sees the interventionist mentality itself as illegitimate and protests the war.

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