Western Tropes in ISIS Propaganda

H/t to Zero Hedge, another ISIS propaganda video is out. I didn’t watch it, but the stills are strangely familiar.

The jihadis love modern Western outdoor gear, accessorizing it to their Western combat fatigue uniforms just like an American soldier would. The gloves are interesting- like motorcycle gloves, armored on the knuckles, but without fingertips. Where do you get these? Bass Pro Shops? Cabela’s?

The poses are all very Western too. Foot up on something, elbow on the knee, gun straight up, or slug across with the elbow out. The praying comrades, the laughing comrades with their arms around each other- just like some jordie’s Facebook page.

Even the beards aren’t really out of place. The commando troops of the US like to grow beards, you hardly ever see a picture of Chris Kyle clean shaven.

What really gets me though is how hard they are pushing the multiracial and multicultural angle. I’m sure 90% of these guys are Arabs, just like 90% of US combat troops are white, but they feature blacks and dark browns a lot.

Just how did these warriors of Allah adopt so much of the military culture of the infidels? Well the military propaganda of the West has been broadcast worldwide for 70 years and has been very effective, so why not adopt it. If these guys had been to training camps run by Americans, though, it wouldn’t really surprise me………

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I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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5 Responses to Western Tropes in ISIS Propaganda

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  2. Homer Simpson says:

    Those gloves are popular with US special forces guys; the brand is Mechanix. They might not be the exact brand in those stills but it calls them to mind. The homeboy in two of the frames is wearing a gorka, which is used by Russian special forces.

    I don’t think ISIS is a puppet organization of the West, if only because ISIS has been so humiliating to it. Their abundance of American weaponry is due to the decade long American occupation of Iraq. They probably did go through an American training camp at some point but a lot of people did.

    As for the excellent production values…maybe it’s all shot in Saudi Arabia. I’d be surprised if it wasn’t.

  3. Just how did these warriors of Allah adopt so much of the military culture of the infidels?

    Oh, you know…

    Hey, this would be a great article on AryanSkynet. Come back.

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  5. I’m not entirely convinced ISIS is actually Islamic. The CIA and US Military obviously armed and trained them as videos and pics show them using US Combat equipment. This is highly unusual. During the Cold War these jihadis were mostly under the aegis of the Soviet Union with the exception of the mujahadeen in Afghanistan resisting Soviet invaders. Most of these jihadi groups still hate the West more due to the decadence and overt hostility to God shown by the media and Putin portrays himself as religious because he has made deals with Iran and Chechnya and they would see any sign of the old Soviet atheism as hostile to their values. These multicultural appeals are uncharacteristic for Islam, but the most fanatical fighters are always recent converts and I highly doubt any Islamic country would actually want any non-Arab people residing in their Arab countries so they would represent a disposable asset they could use and then easily discard if they survived.

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