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The U.S.' new tactic in the war on terror

Lars Ulrich and Barney the purple dinosaur -- YES, America, these are your country's secret weapons in the war against terror. U.S. interrogators in Iraq are reportedly eschewing guerrilla tactics in favor of blaring nursery rhymes and heavy metal anthems to extract pertinent information from captives. Crazy? Perhaps. But if you closely read the writings of Sun-tzu, author of one of the world's oldest military treatises, The Art of War (400 B.C.), it seems our military's selections just might be crazy enough to work.

SUN-TZU ''That general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend.''

METALLICA (Above) ''Sleep with one eye open/Gripping your pillow tight''

SUN-TZU ''Keep your army continually on the move and devise unfathomable plans.''

SESAME STREET ''Sunny day/Sweepin' the clouds away/On my way to where the air is sweet''

SUN-TZU ''Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight.''

DROWNING POOL ''Driven by hate, consumed by fear/Let the bodies hit the floor/Let the bodies hit the floor''

SUN-TZU ''The captured soldiers should be kindly treated and kept.... If your opponent is of choleric temper, seek to irritate him.''

BARNEY ''I love you, you love me/We're a happy family/With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you...''

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints