The U.S. military is using Metallica and the ‘Barney’ theme song as instruments of coercion in Iraq
NEWSWEEK: May 26 issue -- Adam Piore -- 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. "Trust me, it works," says one U.S. operative.I don't know about you, but I'd admit to many, many things to avoid having to listen to Barney.
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 "Bodies" from the Vin Diesel "XXX" 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 "Sesame Street" theme and some of purple dinosaur Barney’s crooning.