The flash mob holds hands, chants "we want food!"
Cargo bay loads, the drones just hit Mach 2
Burner hatch opens, the drone stops drops two
this is a reference to the “Cargo Cults” that were common in the South Pacific after WWII. Planes would bring food and other materials to military service people stationed in the South Pacific (Melanesia, New Guinea). Often these materials would be passed on to the indigenous communities of these areas. Anthropologists have written of religious cults that arose in response to these cargo planes. El-P seems to be referencing this with the “we want food” verse; and probably humanitarian aid coming from the West in general. Then he references the irony inherent placing hope on military action. Eventually, the military bases left and, of course, so did aid. Instead of dropping food and supplies, military drone planes fly overhead dropping bombs.
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