Strike Back Against Islamist Propaganda

Bill Levinson,

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Bill Levinson

Tuvia Brodie's The savagery of the Arab propaganda war underscores what I wrote previously about the inadequacy of Israel's psychological warfare, and indeed that of the entire civilized world. Brodie alleges credibly that Hamas, or its sympathizers, took photos of the murdered Fogel family and tried to pass them off as Israeli air raid victims (i.e. a blood libel). The enemy was, however, sufficiently stupid to get caught lying:

Not only do the pictures look exactly like the murder-scene at the Fogel house, one picture contains a stunning image: a large Mezuzah on a door post, a dead blood-splattered child lying on the floor inside the room beyond the door-post, with the Mezuzah clearly visible.

Since Hamas has made Gaza Judenrein, it is unlikely that any house in Gaza would have a Mezuzah on its door--although Islamists elsewhere are forcing Christians to put the equivalent of yellow Stars of David on their homes and businesses, and even worse. The bottom line is, however, that the Islamists have succeeded in demonizing the Middle East's only free (as defined by Freedom House) nation as a practitioner of apartheid, colonialism, and even genocide. Islamists have meanwhile propagated a rape wave across Europe while agitating for "hate speech" laws to prevent anybody from discussing this problem in public.

The problem is that the Islamists are doing exactly what the Yellow Press did to Spain (1898), the Triple Entente did to Germany (1914-1918), Hitler, who learned from the Entente's propaganda, did to Jews, and the United States finally did to Germany and Japan (1941-1945). In all cases, the enemy was dehumanized with vicious images that portrayed him as a bestial subhuman. This kind of propaganda is very effective because (1) the human brain is designed to process images and not words, and (2) any communication has less than ten seconds to fascinate and engage the person it seeks to persuade.

Islamists are doing exactly the same thing to Israel.

The ADL has posted examples of Islamist propaganda that equates Israelis to Nazis. Here is more Islamist propaganda that, among other things, portrays Jews as rats (a theme in The Eternal Jew), and shows Ariel Sharon drinking the blood of Arab children.

I contended previously that psychological warfare can nonviolently destroy militant Islam itself. The grounds for this argument was the fact that Martin Luther almost destroyed the Catholic Church with nothing more than hand-powered printing presses, and that the Church had to fight back with printing presses to save itself. We have the Internet, radio, television, and copiers that can produce thousands of cheap but effective leaflets.

Concerted and scientific deployment of carefully written (e.g. propaganda for Muslims should probably be written by Muslims of the same nationality) and targeted propaganda should undermine the Propaganda Man's confidence and trust in his own leaders. Once you break that commitment and trust, it is all over for the enemy leaders.