Islamist terror groups have proven to be masters at manipulating the media. Moreover, the left-wingers of most Western media outlets have been willing enablers of their narrative due to the popular stance of intersectionality and victim mentality. Here are three of the world’s worst terror organizations that have enjoyed unprecedented success in the media:
Hamas is having a field day with the media of late, pushing women, children and its fighters (disguised as “protesters”) to violently storm the Israel border and then crying to the West when they are injured or killed. The Western media has gleefully pushed their agenda.
In the words of one of the terror organization’s senior officials, Mahmoud Al-Zahhar, who said in a recent interview on Al-Jazeera, “This is not peaceful resistance…when we talk about peaceful resistance we are deceiving the public.”
As one typical “protester,” 23-year-old Mohammed Mansoura, said, “We are excited to storm and get inside…Whatever is possible, to kill, throw stones.”
And despite the violence of the “protesters,” who sent numerous kites laden with explosive across the border (destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars in Israeli property and agriculture), Hamas has managed to win the media game.
Headline after headline proclaims the deaths of seemingly innocent “peaceful” civilians exercising their right to “resist.”
ISIS media propaganda is now famous around the world. It is probably fair to say the enormous success of this brutal terror group is due to its media arm, whose videos have been responsible for radicalizing and recruiting a vast percentage of its members.
But ISIS doesn’t use media just to recruit new jihadis. Media is also used to sow terror into the “hearts of infidels” in a war of attrition against the West that the group is winning.
The threat of Islamist terror has caused to West to slowly embark down the road to sharia compliance on a number of issues, from the media censoring itself to avoid violence directed against its members to governments shutting down legitimate critical discussions of Islam through overreaching hate speech laws and red herring laws against Islamophobia.
While ISIS and Hamas have become pros at media manipulation, they mostly likely took their playbook from Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror group which wrote the book on the subject decades ago.
“Hezbollah operations have long been governed by the mantra, ‘If you haven’t captured it on film you haven’t fought,’” writes Colin P. Clarke, a political scientist at RAND Corporation and associate fellow at the International Center for Counter Terrorism-The Hague.
“Hezbollah maintains a unit solely dedicated to psychological warfare that specializes in burnishing Hezbollah’s public image. Newspapers, social media outlets and television programming comprise Hezbollah’s information warfare portfolio. The group uses its information-related capabilities to advertise its many successes, including summer camps for children and a robust public works program,” Clarke adds.
Its television station, Al-Manar (“The Beacon”), began in 1991 and is now broadcast internationally. Since then, the terror group has branched out to social media, web sites, radio shows and the like – all with the purpose of recruiting new members, promoting its military agenda and maintaining its political legitimacy (which is does successfully by effectively controlling the government in Lebanon).
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