The numbers of deaths of US army are increasingly pathetic. It is unbelievable that such a superpower nation has its soldiers being killed by the Al-Qaeda like never before. The forces with their extensive and modern technology on fight against criminals were just lured into an enemy trap and within a fraction of second a thousand; US armies had been killed miserably. The media covering the event of the fateful armies were just accessories to murder and nor more than a propaganda spreading, scandalous-style, association (Perkins 73). They should and have to be tried for war offense together with the individuals who slaughtered those soldiers. All I say is shame on them, and I believe the violence they committed will haunt them the rest of their lives (Norman 75).
This paper is about a movie that was presented by the Al Jazeera media in an aid to scare away the America soldiers who had been camping for several months in Iraq combating the terrorist forces that was established by Osama Bin Laden. The video was released in 2008 by Al Jazeera’s media production arm AS-Al-Qaeda media (Perkins 95). The video is presented by an Iraqi narrator Nick Gadahn and comprises of two major sections. The first section starts with stating three different associations, which had been trying to impact on the Iraq people in rejection to the US efforts to fight terrorists in the region. This part concentrates on the US soldiers’ violence and the assumed pretense of America’s symbolic position in the illustration of its military intercessions. The second part illustrates videos of outstanding Al-Qaeda, inclusive of the attacks on US armies and equipments (Perkins 135).
From this, the movie proceeds to illustrate different ways and mediums, which the enemy was using to pass across their propaganda. Because of the risk situations that were prevailing in Iraq due to these conflicts, few US armies had to look for strategies for penetrating into the territory without being recognized. They were to behave like the Iraq members by dressing and walking like them with communication gadgets, they can give objective information once they had entered the region. Some soldier chose to act like journalist, but they were discovered and kidnapped even before they penetrated deep into the region. This was a blow to the officers for they had sent the most tactful soldiers (Norman 203).
Another rescue team was sent with the help of satellite information on the location of the perceived kidnappers, which took several days before two of them were rescued. Following the incident, some other real journalist had been killed; thus, the Iraqi soldiers were keen inspecting any suspicious person and their activities in the region. The video flask backed on how the committee to protect journalist had discussed how they could be safeguarded within the volatile territories. Nevertheless, the narrator stated that around 30 journalists had been killed and another 15 had been kidnapped. The forces on the two sides had to retreat and strategies further on how they could conquer the other. This incident showed that both sides were advancing on the other and quick actions were required to prevent more casualties and victims from falling in to the traps on the enemy (Norman 231).
It is not shocking that enemies apply tactics to win battles by influencing the way individuals think concerning the war. What is shocking, nevertheless, is how much recognition is usually offered to the efficiency of the propaganda campaign, not just to the Iraqi individuals, but also noticeably with the US public, as well. This video also illustrates the various reactions on how people took the information aired in their televisions and radios. The Iraqis used the propaganda knowing clearly well that the United Stated public thoughts would affect the State’s willingness to support the costs of fighting terrorists, in terms of resources and lives (Norman 103).
This was a strategy of the Iraqi people to scare away the US army and take control of their territory. According to this propaganda information, the video shows how some US soldier were recalled back to their country, but after realizing that the information was fake, more troops from the US were deployed in the region. This did not scared the terrorist borders and instead, they intensified their forces to patrol the area. They even become brutal to whoever was found offering information to the US armies (Norman 83).
In the second part of the movie, the presenter illustrates how prominent Al-Qaeda personnel were directly involved in the various attacks of the US Army. They took control of the operation and motivated their groups to fight fearless with the determination that they will win the war. This was the time of using resources to attack every part believed to be the enemy’s strong hold. They US armies were shown being attacked helplessly and their tools and bases being destroyed (Perkins 105). In retaliatory attack, US forces used missiles to bomb various cities and towns resulting to increased destruction and more casualties. This become one of the hardest time for both sides because each had to use a lot of force and resources. There was no time for planning anymore. According to the movie, soldiers had to organize themselves once in the field since that way they could gauge the situation and strategies which tactics to use. More surveillance was established to monitor the operation and journalist had difficult time covering the activities since it was now almost every part was being attacked (Perkins 117).
The Americans who had initially declined to honor the request of manpower and resources had to reverse that by sending more troops and military equipments to carry on with the fight against terrorists in Iraq. Historically, it could be remarkable to anticipate that terrorist’s attacks would stabilize after three years of fierce battles. However, the terrorists activities especially targeting the US has never improved evident by the Sept 11 2001, when they attack the world trade center killing many people in the process. From this incident is it clear that enemies not only fight physically as the US Soldiers have been attacking the mother country of terrorist not knowing they have links elsewhere. Enemies include anyone who attempts to hamper US opportunities of success regardless of whether they fight physically or not (Norman 97).
This video is distinct in both its length and mood, illustrating a more advanced form of propaganda than has been observed in the past in the Al Jazeera productions. Gadahn, the narrator makes indications to several western references, which are vital to the American expression and military intercession. The video presents different incidences from the 2007 film “War made easy: How presidents and pundits keep spinning us to death”, that was presented by John Penn and dependent on the book of similar name by Norman Solomon. Other sources are also generated from the “Secret history of the American empire that was written by John Perkins (Perkins 123).
Norman Solomon, War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death.
Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Print.
Perkins John. The Secret History of the American Empire. Penguin Group USA, Inc, 2008. Print.