"I made my first trip to Belfast in 1978 and saw mere boys walking around in battle dress with automatic weapons. They were no longer just on the evening news. These snapshot experiences exploded into visions of mercenaries and imperial armies around the world. The song was based on the premise 'they always get a working class boy to do the killing'. I don't know who said that; maybe it was me, but it seems to be true nonetheless. I pretty much had the song sketched out on the plane back to London."
Ladies and Gentlemen, from England it's Elvis Costello and the Attractions performing "Oliver's Army"
That quote by Costello got us thinking about something P.J. O'Rourke said about the rioters at the '68 Democratic National Convention (paraphrasing): All those hippies were out there rioting on behalf of Justice for working class kids. Those working class kids got jobs with the Chicago police department clubbing those same hippies.