Winning the Propaganda War
Vol: 26 Issue: 25 Tuesday, November 25, 2003
The attacks on US troops in Iraq have been on the decline for the last two weeks. According to General John Abizaid, the CENTCOM commander, attacks against US forces are down by half from a post-war high of 30 to 35 attacks on US troops DAILY — somewhere in-country.
Abizaid also said that the majority of the attacks are coming from Saddam Hussein loyalists and not necessarily al-Qaeda. He said that foreign fighters continue to come into Iraq, but in much smaller numbers. The “main problem” facing the coalition, Abizaid told reporters, is “agents of the former regime.”
Yesterday, there were widespread reports that two US soldiers had their throats cut by insurgents, who then beat and mutilated the bodies.
Witnesses said that an Iraqi mob, most of them teenagers, dragged the two bloodied soldiers from the car, threw them to the ground and pummeled their bodies with concrete blocks – scenes reminiscent of the savagery in Somalia against American troops a decade ago.
The reports originated with the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite television station.
At home, Americans were outraged and prompted a chorus from the Useful Idiot Brigade to pull out our troops immediately.
What is the goal of the Iraqi insurgency? Answer: Get US troops out of Iraq. How do they intend to accomplish it? Answer: By attacking US troops until public opinion back home forces the administration to pull out.
According to the Pentagon, the Al-Arabiya story about the mutilated soldiers was false. Two US soldiers were fatally shot in an ambush at a traffic light. Also, according to the Pentagon, the car they were driving was robbed, but the bodies were not savaged or mutilated. That was propaganda.
But you DO see how it works, don’t you? It worked in Lebanon after the bombing of the Beirut Marine barracks in 1983.
It worked in Somalia — we couldn’t pull out fast enough after the ‘Blackhawk Down’ incident in 1993. And once we turned and ran (which is EXACTLY what we did, abandoning Somalia to its fate) terrorist attacks against US interests were stepped up.
Success breeds success. Each time a terrorist attack or terrorist threat caused a shift in US foreign policy plans, it meant the terrorists achieved their intended goals — the textbook definition of ‘victory’.
Each successful operation emboldened the terrorists to strike again to keep up the momentum.
It DIDN’T work in Iraq — and the terrorists are changing tactics, shifting away from the coalition on concentrating on attacking the Iraqis themselves.
There is a lesson in here about terrorism, and another about the power of propaganda and just how destructive it can be. And yet a third lesson illustrating exactly WHY I reference the anti-war protestors as Useful Idiots.
Indeed, the Iraqi National Congress (not the coalition) kicked Al-Arabiya right out of the country until it agrees not to “encourage terrorism.”
If the Useful Idiots had their way, America would repeat the mistakes of 1983 and 1993 that created the terrorist phenomenon to begin with.
As long as the terrorists believe there is a chance they can win and force America out, they will keep up the pressure. Once it is obvious that they can’t, they shift targets, as is the case now in Iraq.
There is little point expending suicide bombers in pointless attacks. Suicide bombers, by nature, are not easy to recruit, and you can only use them once.
So as long as the Useful Idiots get all the headlines, the terrorists think they can win. And the attacks will continue. Once the terrorists realize that they are throwing themselves against a brick wall, they stop.
It’s simple, really. The only way to lose is to pull out, since forcing our withdrawal is the enemy’s ultimate objective.
Success would just further encourage the terrorists, and the Useful Idiots can’t see it. Which is why they are useful (to the enemy) and also why they are idiots, since this is so painfully simple.
Propaganda is a central theme to Bible prophecy. The Bible says that the antichrist will convince the ‘whole world’ that he is the messiah.
“And they WORSHIPPED the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)
Propaganda is hardly new, and it isn’t unique to this generation. What IS unique to this generation is the public attitude regarding it. The media is no longer held to the standards of yesteryear.
Everybody KNOWS the New York Times functions as a propaganda tool of the liberal left. Just as everybody knows the Washington Times slants its reportage to the right.
So people who lean left read the New York Times, while people who lean right read the Washington Times. And nobody seems to realize what it means.
It means the media is biased and therefore not to be trusted to tell the truth. (gasp!) But it DOESN’T MATTER!
Deception is the hallmark of the antichrist. “And DECEIVETH them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.” (Revelation 13:14)
We live in a world already routinely deceived to the point that deception has been elevated to an art form called ‘spin.’ Being caught ‘spinning’ a story was the kiss of death to a newspaper or network journalist only a few decades ago.
Now it’s likely to win a Putlizer Prize.