MSNBC reports that US forces are using bad music to torture persuade Iraqis to talk:

Your parents aren’€™t the only ones who hate your music–some Iraqis hate it, too. U.S. military units have been breaking Saddam supporters with long sessions in which they’€™re forced to listen to heavy-metal and children’s songs. “€œTrust me, it works,”€ says one U.S. operative.

THE IDEA, says Sgt. Mark Hadsell, is to break a subject’€™s resistance by annoying that person with what some Iraqis would consider culturally offensive music. The songs that are being played include “€œBodies”€ from the Vin Diesel “€œXXX”€ movie soundtrack and Metallica’€™s “Enter Sandman.” “These people haven’€™t heard heavy metal before,”€ he explains. “They can’t take it.” Few people could put up with the sledgehammer riffs of Metallica, and kiddie songs aren’€™t that much easier, especially when selections include the “€œSesame Street”€ theme and some of purple dinosaur Barney‒s crooning.

At least we’re not using rap. That would make us no better than the terrorists.

James Joyner
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  1. John Lemon says:

    Wait! I hope we paid for that Metallica music!!

  2. John Lemon says:

    The ultimate irony, though, would be if we used Madonna’s or Chrissy Hynde’s music to break down the Iraqis. Perhaps we can show them “Howard the Duck,” starring a young Tim Robbins. Heh.