Are we playing ball spreading the terror on behalf of ISIS?
By Melanie Nathan, January 17, 2014.
Today when I awoke here in California my feed was abuzz with disturbing pictures and articles of (purportedly) gay men being thrown from a rooftop by ISIS, which appears to have taken place in Mosul. The internet is aflame right now with pictures of ISIS, displaying these horrors for the world to see and of course to share. And there are more pictures showing contorted bloody bodies on the ground, and others depicting the shooting of people on crucifixes, beheading, stoning and more and more and yes it is horrific.
Pictorial accounts of the murders were apparently disseminated on Twitter by Isis, and it was easy to find. It did not take long for the West to jump to their call. Almost every LGBT and progressive outlet will undoubtedly continue to do their bidding. Are we spreading the intended fear? Or will we simply be angry! What do we do – do we succumb, do we remain silent and is there a middle road?
This is indeed a predicament – one in which I find myself caught too. There is fine balance and I do not now how to play it. On the one hand compelled as we are to spread news and create awareness, we do their bidding, while we inflame outrage- which is precisely what they want – and at the same time outraged we should be. And on the other hand do we pretend this flagrant disregard for human life is just another day in Iraq, where our own Bush Cheney regime provided the can opener to this ‘can of worms.’
Bloggers and press are quick to believe and post without checking through direct sourcing as to the validity of the stories and surrounding circumstances, and so we may be buying into elements of fiction, propaganda and we become the intended messengers of fear and terror, whether true or not.
I do not know the answer, as I have no direct sources there, and I am not sure I want to follow the others who also do not have direct sources there, yet still report, layer upon layer, from what they picked up here and there on the internet. Do we just keep on spreading the news as Isis would have us hear it? And then I wonder when we do display these stories and pictures, how much on our part is done for advocacy, how much for ratings – while it all feeds into the bidding of the terrorists who want us to do what we are now all doing? And of course how can we not speak out and scream our indignation for the lost souls?
We see an article from toe tapping Pink News apologizing for the graphic nature of the picture, ready to accept that indeed a gay man is the victim of the roof top toss, because they believe the ISIS Twitter chat and not because they checked it out through direct sourcing.
We see another article from The Daily Beast acknowledging the propaganda:
“ISIS-affiliated social media feeds began spreading the images Thursday. Those accounts linked to a justpasteit.com file attributed to the “Information Office of the mandate of Nineveh,” an apparent propaganda arm tied to Islamic state press releases. The public executions appear to have taken place in Mosul, the capital of the Islamic State and Iraq’s second largest city sits in Nineveh province.”
….”Death is shown in high resolution—the killing carefully composed inside the frame. These images belong to a deliberate social media and information strategy. Like all good Internet propaganda the images are made to be readily “shareable” and appear to have been released with the intent that they travel to a broader audience. It worked. Obscene and merciless, it’s a reflection of the state of life under ISIS rule.”
We see the story perpetuated by Bilerico Project with caveats, attempting to sustain a semblance of political correctness, all too familiar and often a painful reminder of the barriers our American pundits face, as follows:
“Author’s Note: This post does not condemn Islam or assign collective blame to all Muslims for the actions of a savage minority……”
How do we find our soul in all of this?
What is the right thing to do? How do we find the truth as some insist some pictures may be doctored? And we become the intended victims of fear? Are we quiet? Do we let it spread? Do we play ball?
Lest we forget what we are seeing is an ISIS account – no real sourced journalistic account; not yet. Do we drop the ball?
I wish I knew the answer to these questions. I do not. The truth is I am stumped. I do not want to fail human rights through silence. I do not want to perpetuate fear.
I do not want to apologize for what is done in the name of someone else’s religion, albeit extreme, and last of all I do not want the murder of innocent humans, in the name of some extreme religious attempt at world domination, to go unnoticed. It is truly a dilemma.
Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
Also wondering …. ISIS!
DUNNO: But I finally reported back via a Long Tweet … to all the Groups, People I have supported during #ArabSpring..
So after a long sickening day of absorbing this… HERE is my comment: I am a LONG TERM #ArabSpring supporter from the 3rd day there was news out of #TAHRIR SQUARE, in #CAIRO…Followed #Egypt, #Bahrain, #Tunisia, #Libya and now the interminable Butcher Dr Assad in #Syria, Support #KURDs and #peshmerga and #YPG and #YPJ Supported our @iava veterans …but ashamed to have caused all that destruction.
BUT BEFORE THAT I am a complete #ISLAMAPHOBE for any #Muslim (or #Christian or #Buddhist or #Hindu or #Atheist ) who thinks any #Religion has anything to do with INVALIDATING a persons worth to himself.
So, not just do I hate #ISIS but any Muslim (Christian) who thinks being #lgbt #lgbti #LGBTQIA is ‘wrong.’ … Think again — GROW UP and see the world in Reality, not just with your immature dogmatic Religious BLINDFOLDS ON.
Sorry to have to post but it is real… ALL OF YOU WHO FEEL sympathy for ISIS in any way. SEE THIS .. RT @acarvin: In Graphic Photos and On Twitter, ISIS Members Record and Tout Executions of Gay Men via @jacob__siegel
@OsloFF #FreedomForum #ArabSpring #Prodemocracy #TFFs @Pontifex #PopeFrancis#vatican @FaithfulAmerica @MoralMondays #uniteblue #maddow #inners @[email protected] @richardengel @camanpour @nickkristof @maddow @msnbc @[email protected] @reuters @BBCNews @TheDailyBeast @reportedly @guardian @BuzzFeed @[email protected] @UNHRC @HRC @glaad @AIPAC @ACLU @PFLAG @StateDept @[email protected] @CENTCOM @LMartinezABC @JimAvilaABC @NBCNews @[email protected] @SKYNews
All the other ISIS/other outrages covered by the BBC and SKY et all got the footage from the same channels. No hesitation. Now because the victims are being executed for being gay the one thing you should be doing is covering it and you hesitate.
I dont hesitate – I question – as you will see this is tantamount to reporting it. A kind of oxymoron – don’t you think stephen? And yes of course one can rpoert as follows “ISIS claims….. ” but the bigger question which you do not attempt to answer or discuss is “ARE WE DOING THEIR BIDDING” Are we doing exactly what THEY want us to do on their terms? Of course we know Jihadists hate and murder gays. That is no news.
Where is the ‘dilemma’ in reporting barbaric human rights abuses by savages?
Ignoring this does not help the people suffering under ISIS rule. Conversely, drawing attention to it – and the rest of their horrendous acts against other groups – may in a small way contribute to the pressure on other governments to aid those fighting ISIS.
This does give the appearance of being a typical hand-wringing piece by yet another well-meaning but narcissistic American who thinks it’s all about themselves and their own (awful, naturally) country. It’s really not.
Yes indeed I guess you so brilliantly judge me as a narcissistic for merely asking questions? Did you happen to notice taht in asking these questions I am actually doing the reporting too – I do not criticize the reporting – I am asking people’s opinions and if you choose to judge me as a narcissist for it I can only assume you must be looking into the mirror – projection of the most delightful order… Who mentioned ignore? And perhaps you should read the rest of this BLOG before you hastily look in that mirror.
There is no dilemma in reporting barbaric acts the only dilemma is doing it at the behest of and on the terrorist terms – or are you too stupid to get that point?