The YouTube Jihad : It Really IS a Jihad, Folks

The Mudville Gazette summarizes an al Qaeda working paper summarizing a plan for an expanded English language propaganda effort:

Najd al-Rawi, the document's author, begins by noting that although they've been successful in many ways, the jihaddists haven't fully exploited the opportunities presented by the US media. Inspired by a video from bin Laden addressing the American people with subtitles in English, the author notes that "It seemed the Shayk wanted to send a clear message to his brother mujahadeen to pay more attention to this part of the mission." He points out that videos from the "Shayks of jihad" are in great demand in the western media. . . .

Suggested projects include English translations of the declarations of the Shayks of Jihad "to throw fear into the American people's hearts". Cited examples include "Sharia Rules regarding the use of WMDs" by Shayk Nasir al-Fahd, (probably a reference to a document with an English translation already available here) or "documentation of Mujahadeen acts against the U.S., such as 'Documentation of the Destruction that Befell America' by Shayk Abd-al-Aziz al-Jarbu", (a non-al Qaeda sponsored translation may be underway here) along with "other pieces the brothers deem worthy."

As an example of the sort of video material the group should provide, the author suggests "Video of attacks on US foot patrols with the caption 'Operation against the sons of the US people whom Bush cast into the fire of war against the Muslims'."

What this means is: the online jihad is only beginning. We can expect to see new and more effective forms of Islamist propaganda. The hard-edged propaganda is good for rallying and inspiring their troops, but they already have that out there in droves. YouTube and other video hosting networks are infested with the stuff. I anticipate we'll see more of the Qana-style "softer" propaganda designed to evoke sympathy with the "victims" of "Western imperialism."

I don't care much about the hard-edged stuff. They can spread that all they want, as far I'm concerned. In fact, we at Jawa Report even help them on occasion. That hardcore jihadi shit scares the bejeezus out of normal, rational people, and rightly so. Fear can be a good thing, so long as it's the kind of fear that makes you want to get out of your seat and do something and not the kind of fear that makes you want to bow toward Mecca.

I say it's the "softcore" propaganda that we need to be concerned about. Islamicist music videos, cartoons, shahid emo-porn, etc. will become more prevalent with time, and that's the stuff that has a potential to have an effect. This is a multi-front war, and success in the propaganda war is, as always, going to be crucial to victory in the war as a whole. For decades we've been losing the propaganda war--mostly because we refused to accept that we were even in one. Our enemies are today reaping the fruit of our earlier propaganda failures. With a effort, we can uproot the noxious weeds that bear this nasty fruit. All it takes is the will to do it.

Posted by: Ragnar at 10:05 PM

Comments

1 Took a little too much acid in the '60s, did we?

Posted by: Mark at October 12, 2006 12:57 AM

2 YouTube is infested with Islamist propoganda? LMAO! Do you need sopme soup you poor deluded little boy?

Posted by: Will at October 12, 2006 07:50 AM

3 I thought that those cats wearing bandannas looked evil!

Posted by: madmatt at October 12, 2006 08:44 AM

4 Pay no attention to the 3 trolls above. Typical of liberals who care more for terrorists than our safety. No wonder America thinks they're so out of touch with reality. They are.

Hopefully, YouTube and other internet sites will crack down. Anything that is being used to incite violence and hatred should be removed.

Posted by: Hmmm at October 12, 2006 09:53 AM

5 That's right! America's bravest are laying down their lives and limbs to fight off the ever so threatening YouTube, look out Lonelygrl15, don't think your too good for gitmo.
And of course, if you dare think otherwise you are, by default, a terroist lover who hates America, blah blah blah.
BTW, does this mean we can torture...err "agressively interogate" those annoying video bloggers and booty dancers?

Posted by: AntiFederalist at October 12, 2006 11:43 AM

6 "kind of fear that makes you want to get out of your seat and do something"

Yea - damnit, I'm gonna post on Jawa RIGHT NOW about those damn TOWELHEADS and those bloody LIBTARDS.

That'll show em!

"Typical of liberals who care more for terrorists
than our safety."

Typical of child molesting, homo internet-predator conservatives.

;)

"Anything that is being used to incite violence and hatred should be removed."

Hooo, boy.

Have you read anything in the comments in a typical post on this site??? Your own bloody post?? What color is the sky in your world?

Posted by: Angryflower at October 12, 2006 02:32 PM

7 'Softcore' propaganda aimed at the heart of America!? Quick, shred the Bill Of Rights, tear up the constitution, torture someone. Lordy,lordy won't somebody save me!!!

Posted by: Bbop at October 13, 2006 07:31 AM

8 If you look at the Iraq war videos on You Tube, you will find that about 75% of them are posted by U.S. and British troops, including many that show a great deal of death and destruction, and are soundtracked with death metal jams.

Does this mean that U.S. troops are propagandists too?

I certainly don't like seeing jihadists post their videos of car bombings and attacks on our troops on the Internet, and many of their videos are grotesque and meant primarily for propaganda, but this is a war in the video age. Let's face a cold, hard fact: Both sides are feeding the beast.

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