Saturday, 31 January 2015

France: New online video to tackle jihadist recruitment


The French government has finally released an online video designed to steer young people away from joining militant groups in the Middle East. But do they distribute it everywhere we ask you ? Did you see it on Facebook twitter etc? The two-minute video features hard-hitting scenes of conflict and execution. It is part of French efforts to stop the recruitment of more youngsters, often via the internet.

More than 1,000 French residents have joined extremist groups to fight in Syria or Iraq or are planning to do so.The release comes three weeks after attacks by home-grown jihadists in Paris in which 17 people were killed.The video uses images familiar from jihadist websites such as scenes of jubilant fighters celebrating in Syria or Iraq. 

But the scenes of war-time camaraderie and moral victory are interspersed with darker images, showing a different side to the conflicts there. Black and white footage of men being crucified, thrown over a cliff and dragged along behind a truck are overlaid with government messages, warning of "hell on earth".

Far from helping Syrian children, the video tells viewers they will be complicit in the murder of civilians and die alone, far from home. Other messages are clearly directed at women. 
"They tell you come and start a family with one of our heroes", the video warns. "In reality you will raise your children in war and terror."

"We will broadcast this video widely on social networks in order to reach the maximum number of young people vulnerable to these calls. We hope it will shock them", the head of the French government's communication department Christian Gravel told Agence France-Presse.

The French government has battled for months against what it calls "terrorist propaganda on the internet". But its a drop in the sea..compared to the Jihadists videos and their silent supporters in the social media. Its good to try but investing some millions on video won't help as the French and other western leaders fail to speak out and say its a war against Islamism and not just terror. Politically correct is long gone and people are dying on open streets because some leaders cant name the killers and what they all stand for. 

The deadly attacks in France three weeks ago have refocused attention on the threat from home-grown jihadists many of whom are attracted to extremist groups over the internet.The French interior minister has said he will meet major internet companies in the US next month, to try to find new answers to the problem.   
We at SDR wish he finds the courage to speak out loud who the enemy that caries just one name is instead of dancing around the truth.

How can any solution be found if no one can say Islamic teachings and admit that 
most Islamic nations don’t condemn these actions, but in contrary openly demonstrate our cartoons rather then condone the terrorist actions.

Fact is this is nothing less than a blessing to the radical Islamists to go ahead and kill more innocent civilians in Europe.

These are the sad facts we all have to live with until someone finds courage
to say: You are either with us or against us!