Arcade Fire's Intervention cut to Sergei Eisenstien's Battle Ship Potemkin of 1925. The original YouTube posting might have further information on this video for those who know how to read it. I certainly don't.
When you look back at all the American pop songs of the 1960s especially, not protest songs, but just ordinary songs, it is remarkable how many refer to distant war, to waiting for someone to come home, to letters, to loss and dying. At the time it all seemed just like boy/girl romance, partings and such. But now I can see how embedded the Viet Nam War was in American popular culture.
Arcade Fire's Intervention has as its repeating chorus line, Hear the soldier groan, 'We'll go at it alone'. Of course being a soldier can be a metaphor for many things – general desperate struggle, and it might be so in this song. However, soldiers are also real soldiers, and metaphoric or not, they must be embedded in our society now at some level to keep reappearing in contemporary song lyrics.