The Media Jihad of ISIS (Propaganda)

The Media Jihad of ISIS (Propaganda)


“This is our khilafah, in all its glory. We are men, honored with this land, who climbed
its peaks to perform jihad, answering the call to unite under one flag. This is the source of our glory, our obedience
to our Lord. We are uncompromising in our call to Tawhid,
we only bow to Allah, unlike the countless deviant factions raising their false banners
and changing with the wind of [Arabic] politics.” It’s hard to believe that this is a real recruitment
video for the Islamic State group ISIS. The graphics are impressive and the video
is very well put together. ISIS has been recruiting for years, and has
sought to expand its base in part of Iraq and Syria into a global caliphate through
terrorist attacks on the US and other Western societies it considers corrupt. In Dabiq 15 magazine, ISIS released a 45,000
word diatribe against Western culture called “Break the Cross.” In it, ISIS declares their hatred for “liberal
sodomites” and praises those who commit acts of terrorism, like the person who orchestrated
the shooting in the Orlando night club, as heroes. To recruit people to their cause, the extremist
group uses 21st century technology to promote a medieval ideology involving mass killings,
torture, rape, enslavement, and the destruction of antiquities. “Soldiers fight for the interests of
legislators, liars, fornicators, corporations, and for the freedoms of sodomites. We are the soldiers who stop the idols of
nationalism, dismantle the shaky symbols of Palmyra and Minoa, and destroy the Sykes-Picot
borders.” One of the most upsetting videos ISIS has
released depicts a group of child soldiers, all under the age of 14, executing prisoners
in a video game format. The first person shooter perspective, as well
as the mazes and settings that the young boys move through to find their victims, are eerily
similar to popular Western video games like Call of Duty, Halo, and Modern Warfare. ISIS is clearly targeting youth in their videos,
using Western media to appeal to young boys. Telling them that they can be heroes like
the characters in their favorite video games. These children are told that they can have
all the glory and power that fictional heroes obtain in video games by joining ISIS. The fictionalized violence in Western society’s
entertainment is sometimes blamed for inspiring real attacks. But the more explicit violence in ISIS videos
seeks to do just that, by glorifying brutality in an effort to win converts and recruits. ISIS has been the leader among Islamist groups
that have lured 25,000 foreigners to fight in Syria and Iraq, including 4,500 from Europe
and North America, according to a US government report released in 2015. These videos present a false picture of life
as a jihadist, using media from the very culture they condemn. The videos use a message that decry Western
civilization and declare a religious war on those who exemplify liberal ideas, and practice
any religion other than Islam, while simultaneously imitating motifs typical of Western culture. While ISIS followers claim to be purifying
agents of the divine, it cannot escape the influence of the very culture it claims to
be eradicating from the face of the earth. The War on Terror is meant to be a war on
terrorists, but it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to fight a war tactic or
idea. To Western civilizations, groups like ISIS
appear to be a terrorist organizations, but from a different perspective, they could be
considered insurgency groups, fighting against a corrupt Western-implemented regime. One way to reduce the influence of terrorist
ideology and to keep people from being persuaded by these videos is to win the hearts and minds
of the population through education and promotion of universal human rights. If young boys understand that killing people
is neither glamorous nor something deserving of glory, they would be much less likely to
join ISIS. This is not about a divide between Eastern
and Western culture; this is about the preservation of human life and dignity, a cause for which
we all can fight.

20 Comments on "The Media Jihad of ISIS (Propaganda)"


  1. She said human rights hahaha why dont she say it. When americans were killind syrians are syrians not humans

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  2. I am not saying to join isis but i am saying that amercans are also not good they also dont care of human rights a

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  3. What about American war crimes? They have killed million of innocent people since ww2, so the real evil is USA

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