By Pamela Geller – BarbWire guest contributor
As with all totalitarian ideologies, propaganda is first and foremost, the most critical tool in their arsenal to advance the lie and the ideology. The Times of Israel reported Tuesday that “a video released by the Islamic State group last month, showing the beheading of 22 Syrian soldiers, took between four and six hours to film, and cost an estimated $200,000.”
They no doubt consider this money well spent. The video, according to Fox News, is “crisply edited,” and “appears to use a drone.” The Islamic State well understands the cardinal importance of propaganda.
No one understood the importance of propaganda in a totalitarian state as well as Adolf Hitler and his Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, but not far behind them were the Soviets and their iconic Communist images (expropriated to great effect by the Obama campaign in 2008) and Mao Zedong (with his cynically ironic slogan, “Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend”).
Islamic theologians and jihadists understand this as well. All of these totalitarian systems share the same goal: complete control, complete conquest.
The only difference between Islam and the National Socialists (Nazis), Stalinists and Maoists is that Islamic jihad has the Western political and cultural elites (most astonishingly in the United States of America) stumping and shilling for the totalitarians.
Take, for example, the appalling fact that Islamic jihadists slaughtered over 5,000 people in Iraq in November alone.
The media silence has been deafening. No media outlets are reminding Americans that it was not very long ago when Obama said, “As a candidate for president, I pledged to bring the war in Iraq to a responsible end.” Obama also declared, “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.”
Obama likewise says, “Islam is peace,” and the media never challenge him.
The human toll exacted by unceasing Islamic holy wars is heinous. That they are declared holy and righteous is without precedent. And yet the world sanctions this holy war and attacks anyone who is brave enough to speak against it.
What the world is obsessed with instead is the building of Jewish homes in the Jewish homeland. That and a “Palestinian” convicted terrorist and government minister who had a heart attack this week that is, predictably, being blamed on the Jews.
You must see where all of this is going.
The Islamic State doesn’t really even need to spend $200,000 on a single propaganda video. The Obama administration and the mainstream media reflect its point of view already: that the jihad against the West is the West’s fault, that Israel is evil, and that those who are murdered in the name of jihad and Islam just don’t matter.
They especially don’t matter when they are Jews. On a side note, the BBC in a new series on the global jihad lists the victims of jihad worldwide, but neglects to mentions the Jewish victims of jihad, exposing, yet again, its inherent anti-Semitic bias. The BBC excludes Hamas and Hezbollah, so no Israelis are in the list of jihad dead.
Will the Islamic State (or Hamas, dipping into its huge stash of humanitarian aid money) pay the BBC for this propaganda service?
Meanwhile, while the enemedia agitate for cop-killing, when they’re not wringing their hands over “Islamophobia” every time there is another jihad beheading, here is what they didn’t bother to report about the recent cold-blooded murder of the American teacher and mother of two by a devout Muslima in the ladies room of an upscale mall in the United Arab Emirates.
The children of jihad victim Ibolya Ryan were waiting outside the ladies room for their mom while she was being hacked to death by a jihadist. The savage was lying in wait for someone like her, a non-Muslim, for an hour in the bathroom.
After the murder, the jihadist tried to bomb the home of an American-Egyptian doctor, but the bomb failed to detonate. The UAE government has said this was a “lone wolf” attack, despite evidence found in the murderess’s apartment that indicates that her home was being used as a “base of operations” for a network of terrorists in the country.
But the media won’t ever tell you that. It wouldn’t fit in with their pro-jihad propaganda offensive.
Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of PamelaGeller.com and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), (Simon & Schuster). Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance. She is also a regular columnist for World Net Daily, the American Thinker, and other publications. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.
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