Heavy Metal, it is well known, has long been used as a psychological weapon. The Taliban, it is also well known, have outlawed music when they held power in the late 1990s. Logically, that makes the Mullahs even more vulnerable to dry guitar riffs and fast drums. Now U.S. special forces are escalating, probably inspired by Luftwaffe tactics.
During the Marjah offensive a few weeks ago, U.S. Special Forces apparently used The Offspring, Metallica and Thin Lizzy to “piss off the Taliban,” according to one officer. In recent days the 82nd Airborne has taken the tactic to its next step: a YouTube-enhanced spoof of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.” The clip has been making the rounds and is approaching 4m views on YouTube. Presumably with many flabbergasted Taliban and al-Qaeda viewers among the stunned audience.
But it is a little know fact that the German Luftwaffe has pioneered the brutal tactic in 2007. Their tune — Olaf Henning’s “Cowboy und Indianer” — is far more devastating than, say, Rammstein’s “Heirate Mich.” The Germano-pop boasts unmistakably suggestive undertones, “Komm’ hol’ das Lasso raus,” or “come get the lasso out.” Without doubt a crippling blow to the Mullahs’ morale. Most lethal are the phallic missiles, I’d say.
Watch your back, Talib.