Instagram & Wars

Like David Cameron, I want ISIS to be squeezed out of existence. But media is making it difficult.

The on-going war between the Kurdish forces and ISIS is not just an offline one – it is there for everyone to observe. Google ‘disturbing pictures ISIS’ and you get tons of videos and pictures showing beheaded children, men and women alike. Go on Twitter and Facebook – your timeline soon turns into a gallery of the most grotesque and sickening photos depicting a conflict that has gotten out of control.

You want to escape being a involuntary witness to a disaster you can’t do nothing about? Sorry. This Instagram account – yes, Instagram. The place where you share pictures of your kitten, man crushes and healthy meals – wants you to stay updated on the ISIS conflict. It wants to keep you updated on ‘Kurdistan peshmerga hunting ISIS pigs.’

After a kind warning – ‘Photos in this page might have graphic contents’ – pictures of burnt men and dismembered bodies are thrown at your screen. With now more than 3,000 subscribers, it is a very active account. Meaning, its subscribers comment cheerfully and proudly under each ‘success story’ the account shares.

Let me remind you again that this is the place where we check up on each other’s oh-so-happy lives.

I’m well aware that the purpose of a battle is to keep more of our men alive than theirs. I sincerely hope that our Peshmerga forces are, to say the least, strong enough.

Easy access to these type of photos however can get messy. Adding the feeling of pride to the power rush of having killed someone is dangerous. Why thousands of people have subscribed to this account, that is a mystery to me. Maybe some of them are into the gore genre in real life, too and just innocently and curiously want to experience a war they don’t (want or need to) participate in.

There is also a chance that some might want to try this at home. Maybe want to re-enact a setting that thousands cheer for, feel proud and powerful.

What do you think?

The war in Syria is everywhere

A talk show in Jordan erupted into mass chaos last Tuesday when an argument between two journalists over the crisis in Syria turned physical. The two men broke apart the desk on set and started using it as a weapon against each other while the show’s host attempted to break them apart.

According to the English version of Al Arabiya News, “The program “Bayn Etijihayn” (Between two Ways) aired on the Jordanian TV channel 7 Stars and hosted Shaker al-Jawhary, head of the Electronic Media Association in Jordan, and Mohammad Sharif al-Jaiousy, the editor in chief of news website al-Mustaqbal al-Arabi. Al-Jawhary attacked Jaiousy for his support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”

It is not the first time a Jordanian TV debate on Syria has erupted into violence. In 2012, former MP Mansour Murad took exception when MP Mohammad Shawabka alleged he was working as a spy for the Syrian regime.

They exchanged insults, before Shawabka threw a shoe at his debate opponent before pulling out a silver handgun and brandishing it in his direction.

And in the country’s Chamber of Deputies, where debates can often become heated, an MP made history in September last year when he opened fire on a colleague with an automatic weapon. Gladly, no one was harmed.

I’m looking forward to your comments!

Hamas TV Children’s Show Encourages Killing of Jews

Laurel Holliday, in her 1999 book CHILDREN OF ISRAEL/PALESTINE, wrote that two “ethnically distinct peoples – both Palestinians and Israeli Jews – lay claim to the very same sand, stone, rivers, vegetation, seacoast, and mountains”. As a result of this, “Israeli and Palestinian children grow up feeling that they are destined for conflict with their neighbors”.

This video is a more recent example showcasing that Holliday’s observation is still correct.