Lest you think the gravity of civil war would preclude people from any having fun, here's a video of a bunch of Syrian soldiers dancing to Usher and Lil Jon's 2004 hit "Yeah!"

There is a twist, of course: Toward the end of the video, the soldiers begin to shoot their guns, which just moments before were benign dance partners. According to the AP, they collectively unleash "an oft-heard battle chant in the Middle East: 'With our souls, our blood, we sacrifice for you Bashar!'"

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The AP adds that the clip "appeared on both pro-regime social networking sites and anti-regime YouTube channels, as is normal for such material." Yeah, I don't know what this proves other than the universal language of "Yeah!"