A WAR OF THE MIND:
All of us by now have heard news of the three hostages in Iraq. Two of whom have already been beheaded (Eugene Armstrong and Jack Hensley), and Kenneth Bigley who may be in the process of being butchered as I write. Horrific thought isn’t it? But that is the point.
When the first beheading of Nick Berg took place, like many of you in a fit of emotion I rushed to take a peek at the video. My thinking was no matter how awful it may be it would be a good dose of reality to see the horrors of terrorism for myself. Well, I have to admit that I had to turn it off. And after reading the posts of others who saw it, most agree that they wish they had never viewed it.
Although I’m ashamed to admit, I had even offered a link for my readers to download it. I could not believe the tens of thousands of hits I was getting just to see that video. Very soon however my mood turned into sadness and shame and I immediately removed the link.
My initial reasoning for linking to the video was that it would be good for the public to see first hand the reality of Iraq. I thought that it might help deter the war mongers. In fact at the time Blog Bloke had been riding the fence, but after viewing the video it convinced me all the more that it was an unwinnable cause.
The next morning when I awoke I was deeply troubled, and not just from the horrific images that I had seen the night earlier. I realized that I made a mistake. I had played into the terrorist hands and was now a partner in distributing and promoting their monstrous agenda. And what if a young child had viewed it? Just think of the consequences.
Think about it for a moment. It is because of technology that terrorists are so effective in organizing and promoting their evil agenda. They use cell phones, GPS, internet chat lines and email to communicate their terrible plans. It is technology that gives them a public platform to offer digital videos for viewing or downloading from websites.
It is a war of the mind and these are the real weapons of war – not guns or bombs. So how do bloggers help the terrorist agenda? By visiting their websites and providing links to view or download their videos. Terror is only effective if it can create terror. And they do that by providing horrific videos to intimidate and influence public opinion and government policy.
Take away an audience and the circus animal will cease to perform. If nobody will look at their horrible videos they simply won’t make them any more. Make sense? It does to me. So I’m challenging all of my fellow bloggers to not help these monsters.
Mainstream media can also help by not promoting their news broadcasts to increase ratings with tantalizing clips about their monstrous deeds. So long as the media gives it a soap box, the terrorists will continue its grisly murdering spree.
Terrorism is like wildfire. It only exists under ideal conditions so long as it is fed by oxygen and heat. It feeds on itself until it is starved and the fire will die. Likewise, if we deny the terrorists their platform they will cease. Is it a total solution for terrorism? Of course not, but at least it’s a start and something that we bloggers can actively help.
So my fellow bloggers, the Bloke is asking you to not play their game. I am also asking my mainstream media cousins to do the same. Accordingly, Blog Bloke will NOT be offering any links or images of the terrorists’ murderous deeds – period.
It has troubled me the way this post ended, and so this epilogue. If you sensed my anger… that was intended. But if I offended anybody in the process then I duly apologize.
However, I do not defend my moral outrage, for to do that would be the same as condoning the slaughter of human beings. For anybody that thinks the butchering of people is defensible I have this to say.
No matter which side of the fence you happen to sit, pray to your God and ask Him to speak to your heart. Ask Him if there is a better way. The Bloke knows for a fact there IS a better way. Peace be upon you +