Meursault is condemned for his honesty about his feelings. He is considered an outsider or "stranger" because "he refuses to lie" and "doesn't play the game". The track has a controversial history, since it has often been viewed as promoting violence against Arabs.
It saw controversy again during the Persian Gulf War and following the September 11 attacks. The song was revived inwhen the band performed it at several European festivals.
The lyrics, however, were changed from "Killing an Arab" to M - The Cure - Killing An Arab In Tokyo an Arab". Smith added a whole new opening verse when the band performed it at the Royal Albert HallLondon on 1 April as "Killing Another". The "killing another" lyric was also used during the — 4Tour. The band performed the song as "Killing an Ahab" with lyrics inspired by Herman Melville on 's "Reflections" tour. Santigold covered the song at Lollapalooza. G Records.
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