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    I knew that music was good for something.

    Metal militia ... US forces on patrol in Afghanistan. Photograph: Sean Smith/Guardian

    The sounds of Metallica and Thin Lizzy are now being used on the frontline in Afghanistan, according to a report by the AFP. Marines are allegedly blasting heavy metal into villages in Marjah, hoping to subdue the Taliban through ringing ears.
    "Taliban hate [this] music," said a US special forces sergeant. "Some locals complain but it's a way to push them to choose [sides]. It's motivating marines as well." Apparently, when rebel forces start firing on American soldiers in Marjah, an armoured vehicle with "powerful speakers" fires up the tunes, blaring rock and heavy metal so loudly that it can be heard two kilometres away. The tactical playlist continues for several hours.
    As the military blasts Offspring's Pretty Fly for a White Guy, children cover their ears and, it is claimed, insurgents lay down their arms. Mixed in with the songs are messages from the Afghan government and threats to the Taliban resistance. There are no obscenities, the AFP's contact promises, "but we tell them they're gonna die".
    Soldiers may not be DJing in Marjah for much longer. "It's inappropriate," said lieutenant colonel Brian Christmas, the commander of marines in northern Marjah. Christmas claimed he had not heard of (or heard) the audio attacks. "I'm going to ask this to stop right now."

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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    I knew that music was good for something.

    Metal militia ... US forces on patrol in Afghanistan. Photograph: Sean Smith/Guardian

    The sounds of Metallica and Thin Lizzy are now being used on the frontline in Afghanistan, according to a report by the AFP. Marines are allegedly blasting heavy metal into villages in Marjah, hoping to subdue the Taliban through ringing ears.
    "Taliban hate [this] music," said a US special forces sergeant. "Some locals complain but it's a way to push them to choose [sides]. It's motivating marines as well." Apparently, when rebel forces start firing on American soldiers in Marjah, an armoured vehicle with "powerful speakers" fires up the tunes, blaring rock and heavy metal so loudly that it can be heard two kilometres away. The tactical playlist continues for several hours.
    As the military blasts Offspring's Pretty Fly for a White Guy, children cover their ears and, it is claimed, insurgents lay down their arms. Mixed in with the songs are messages from the Afghan government and threats to the Taliban resistance. There are no obscenities, the AFP's contact promises, "but we tell them they're gonna die".
    Soldiers may not be DJing in Marjah for much longer. "It's inappropriate," said lieutenant colonel Brian Christmas, the commander of marines in northern Marjah. Christmas claimed he had not heard of (or heard) the audio attacks. "I'm going to ask this to stop right now."

    US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal | Music | guardian.co.uk
    They've been doing this since the Iraq invasion. Metallica hates it too.lol!
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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    I wonder what would happen with polka music.

    Firefight??? Polka music!!!!
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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    If it's anything after the Black album, it may be effective. I'm curious though if that would cause a rise in suicides on our side.

    I think Celine Dion would be more effective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PonyBoy View Post
    They've been doing this since the Iraq invasion. Metallica hates it too.lol!
    Un Uh...

    "James Hetfield of Metallica, who has generally been portrayed as a defender of the US military’s use of his band’s music, has expressed reservations. In a radio interview in November 2004, he said that he was “proud” that the military had used his music (even though they “hadn’t asked his permission or paid him royalties”). “For me, the lyrics are a form of expression, a freedom to express my insanity,” he explained, adding, “If the Iraqis aren’t used to freedom, then I’m glad to be part of their exposure.” Hetfield laughed off claims that music could be used for torture, saying, “We’ve been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music for ever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?” However, he also acknowledged the reason that the military was using his music. “It’s the relentlessness of the music,” he said. “It’s completely relentless. If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I’d go insane, too. I’d tell you anything you wanted to know.”"

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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    If it's anything after the Black album, it may be effective. I'm curious though if that would cause a rise in suicides on our side.

    I think Celine Dion would be more effective.
    Yanni and Barbara Striesand. I would think about off-ing myself.
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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    Un Uh...

    "James Hetfield of Metallica, who has generally been portrayed as a defender of the US military’s use of his band’s music, has expressed reservations. In a radio interview in November 2004, he said that he was “proud” that the military had used his music (even though they “hadn’t asked his permission or paid him royalties”). “For me, the lyrics are a form of expression, a freedom to express my insanity,” he explained, adding, “If the Iraqis aren’t used to freedom, then I’m glad to be part of their exposure.” Hetfield laughed off claims that music could be used for torture, saying, “We’ve been punishing our parents, our wives, our loved ones with this music for ever. Why should the Iraqis be any different?” However, he also acknowledged the reason that the military was using his music. “It’s the relentlessness of the music,” he said. “It’s completely relentless. If I listened to a death metal band for 12 hours in a row, I’d go insane, too. I’d tell you anything you wanted to know.”"
    Why would they pay Metallica royalties?

    The Onion should do a story about the RIAA suing the Military.
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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Yanni and Barbara Striesand. I would think about off-ing myself.
    Don't forget Enya and Ani Difranco.
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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    Quote Originally Posted by independent_thinker2002 View Post
    Don't forget Enya and Ani Difranco.
    We used the Barney theme song too...and we played Rap music in Panama...this sort of thing has really been going on for a long time.

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    Re: US forces fight Taliban with heavy metal

    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMack View Post
    We used the Barney theme song too...and we played Rap music in Panama...this sort of thing has really been going on for a long time.
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