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Western media and terrorism

We’ve spot lighted in part the implicit support of the Western media for the Takfiri terrorist group called Daesh.

At the time of the first Persian Gulf War in 1991; a war launched against Saddam in Iraq by the so-called coalition forces led by then US President the senior Bush, French sociologist, philosopher, cultural theorist, and political commentator, Jean Baudrillard reviewed the war developments from a different perspective in the controversial and bestseller book titled “The (Persian) Gulf War Did Not Take Place”'!
This proposition was based on some hidden facts that Americans themselves had never seen in a TV program! Most of the people living in the United States and European countries and even Iraqi citizens themselves
knew about the war to the extent that they had seen and heard via satellites, and news reports cast by CNN and BBC!
In fact, they just knew about selective, and mostly fabricated, parts of the developments of the war. The author of the book 'The (Persian) Gulf War Did Not Take Place ' shed light on this aspect of the war, saying that what you saw or heard via the media channels about the war news were completely different from the ground realities and far from what was taking place in the battlefield.
Great examples of this were mentioned in this book, in which Baudrillard concluded that the media army in most cases prepared the ground for a military intervention in the target country. Today, you are maybe following the stories of the crises created in Iraq through the media. When you follow the news, it seems to you that probably upon arrival into the country, you’ll see a large number of Daesh terrorists in the main streets and squares. But if you think about what the media says, you will get the point that there are not more than a few hired terrorists from the Takfiri group called the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, ISIS or Daesh, and not a well-organized army; all aimed at creating a general panic and putting forth psychological wars.
Of course, there is no doubt that Iraq is now involved in a crisis today that is rooted in the past and in the history of the country, mostly because of the revolutionaries’ negligence in terms of establishment of a new army that was bereft of the treasons and remnants of the former Ba’athist regime.
Available evidence indicated that these people are not loyal to their country and acted as stooges of the Saudi government and mercenaries at the service of the Zionist regime and the American invaders. But are there daunting pictures across Iraq as depicted by the media?

The group that today under the banner of Daesh are fighting against Iraq's central government, in the name of the opposition as put forth via Western media, is nothing more than an emerging, shaky alliance between a Takfiri group and the remnants of former Ba’thist regime in Iraq. An alliance which has already enjoyed media game of certain Western and Arab media that tried to air fake and garbled news. In fact, these media by exaggerating the power of this alliance and also the number of these terrorists have proved their kindness to this notorious collaboration. For example, every small action by Daesh and other terrorist groups is portrayed by the Western media as a great success in an attempt to inculcate a sense of despair among the public. In addition, with portraying of inhumane and bloody scenes, these media apparatuses try to raise a wave of the psychological pressure against the Iraqi people.
 Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Al-Jafari, has strongly criticized the approach taken by Western news networks and their refrain from calling Daesh members as terrorists. He asks: “Who does support Daesh? Who does help Daesh and give the opportunity to them to violate Iraqi and Syrian sovereignty?” Al-jafari stated that, the problem is that they are supported with all kinds of methods. The Syrian ambassador said that: “Reading the Western media from CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, the Independent, and the Wall Street Journal and so on, you can see that they all considered Daesh not as a terrorist group, but described these terrorists as militias, Sunni Jihadists, or even revolutionaries!” “I’ve never heard a single report by an American reporter on CNN or other networks, to talk about Daesh as a terrorist group, notwithstanding the fact that Daesh has been inserted on the list of terrorists at the United Nations Security Council; so we're seeing an unashamed hypocrisy here that must be questioned.”

In fact, releasing a large amount of images related to the killing of people by Daesh, without a minimum word in condemnation in Western media, follows nothing but moving in line with this terrorist group in creating an atmosphere of fear and panic among the people and an attempt to realize its objectives. On the other side, the visual apparently-religious- presentation of crimes committed by Daesh in Iraq, has in part intensified among the public the Western project of Islamophobia with unrealistic picture of the violence through the media.
The Lebanese News site ' al-Ahd ' in an article outlines the positions of certain Arab and Western media and their news coverage about Daesh and writes that their making use of the fabricated, unrealistic name “revolutionaries” for Daesh terrorists who have been caught red-handed with the bloods of innocent people in Syria and Iraq, indicted their positive inclination towards Daesh to the extent that these media looked acting as Daesh speakers. In the article we read: “Another example of biased news coverage, especially by the Saudi mainstream media, is that they referred to Iraq’s Army as the army of the country’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. They are trying to portray Iraq’s Army as a kind of political tool at the hands of Maliki, and in this way negate the national prestige. These media actually resorted to these means in an attempt to spread the idea of splitting the country, yes the disintegration, on the basis of religion and ethnicity and as a matter of fact, for the realization of the objective followed by terrorist groups such as Daesh.”

Currently, the media in the West, where the ruling regimes have always liked to beat the drums of support for human rights, have unleashed support for Daesh and put an approval stamp on the crimes perpetrated by this terrorist outfit, sometimes by keeping mum vis-à-vis these crimes.
The German news network Deutsche Welle referred to the terrorist group of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham, ISIS or Daesh, as ‘jihadi forces’ and sometimes as ‘extremist militia group’.
The US’ Voice of America (VOA) also talked about the Takfiri Daesh terrorists under the fake names such as ‘Sunni group of Daesh’, ‘Daesh Islamic militants’, and ‘extremist Daesh militias’.
The British news network BBC, which has always alleged defending human rights, has turned a blind eye on the brutal terrorist acts committed by the terrorist members of Daesh and even called them as “jihadi militants” and “Sunni fighters affiliated with Daesh”.
In this way, it is clear that the employment of such expressions in the Western media is a kind of clandestine support of terrorism by the governments in those Western countries; as they did in the past with the same policies vis-a-vis horrible groups including the MKO terrorist outfit and terrorist guys such as Abdol-Malek Rigi. As it seems, the Western media not only tried to justify terrorism but even they seized in one way or another any opportunity to support the manifestations of this nasty phenomenon.   

However, we should not forget that considering the developments in Iraq, and existence of media ploy in this regard by certain Western and Arab media, it is for the revolutionary and independent media in this country and other justice-seekers around the world to take due measures and show the ground realities.
Formation of a central media headquarters (radio and TV) to adopt strategic policies in the field of news casting and getting help from the mobilized and public groups in the domain of cyberspace and especially from those active in social networks are among the measures to help release independent news for the sake of unity, stability and security.

Key words: Daesh, Iraq, media, terrorists, Syria, crimes, jihadi

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