Some people on our side of the fence — the conservative/Counterjihad side of the fence, that is — seem to think that the factual truth of any propagated anti-Islamic material is irrelevant, as long as it makes Islam look bad.
Since Islam produces a plenitude of authentic, verifiable material that makes it look very, very bad, it seems pointless to use unsourced sensationalist videos and photos to make a point about all the horrible things Muslims do. Why bother using atrocity footage of obscure origins when the Islamic State produces dozens of its own official atrocity videos, celebrating all its Islamically sanctified gore and slaughter?
To be indifferent to the “mere facticity” of what we publish is to adopt an attitude that “the ends justify the means.” Such cynicism is typical of Communism and Islam: as long if it serves the cause of the World Revolution/Ummah, it doesn’t matter whether it’s true or not.
I don’t agree with that position. The truth is important. Ultimately, it’s what will set you free.
I do my best make sure that any material I post is well-sourced. If I engage in speculation, I label it clearly as such. If I make an error of fact, I publicly retract it, no matter how painful and embarrassing it is to do so.
The problem with writing on Islamic atrocities.
If you imagine the most horrific thing human beings could possibly do to each other, even well beyond the most gory of horror films, non-supernatural ones at least, and then ask a friend to add details to make it worse and then post it as if it was news about what religious muslims do to other people in the name of islam, then chances are it has happened recently, or sometime in the past, or likely is about to.
This is a testament either to how awful Islam is as a motivating ideology as well as a wonderful testament to how poor our own imaginations are when it comes to doing awful things, that it takes a lot of effort and most of us never could have imagined the things we see frequently now.
Even so, a thing is either true or it is not and while it is increasingly difficult to know the difference, it remains an important distinction.
There are lots of sites that gleefully post anything that makes Islam look bad without verification and no link to sources. Some of those have turned out to be scenes from actual horror movies. Others may have been legit and others pure fabrication by someone on social media.
Does it do any good to the cause of waking up the West? Maybe or maybe not. But it certainly does none for the cause of reason, truth and integrity in what one does, and one would hope that is why we do this in order to preserve those values.
Videos were sent to me this morning that are too awful to see without sufficient warning. They are symptom inducing for people who already have PTSD this condition and could help bring it on for people who don’t but see enough of this I would imagine. Once again there is no source etc. given. Reluctantly, ill put a link to the Liveleak here and here. [See Vlad’s post for the links, if your morbid curiosity gets the best of you.]
But then you get mainstream news sources that are every bit as bad in terms of the effect it has one the victims, but not as horrifically presented post hoc. In other words, the people shown are dead either way. And so one can’t help but wonder if presenting horrifying material that may not be true as it has no source and the focus is so bad that it could easily be staged, actually negates the value of showing the truth to people as they get jaded to this kind of information once they find out that some of is staged.
Hard to say. History shows that propaganda works even, and perhaps especially if its pure fiction. Global warming, nuclear winter, ozone holes, ‘911 is an inside job’, the list is long.
Read the conclusion at Vlad’s place.
Note: After he posted the above essay, Vlad says a contact sourced one of the two gruesome videos as being (a) old and (b) from Mexico.
Also: For a previous example of what Vlad is talking about, see this post from 2011 about a hoax that fooled a lot of people.