Insomnia (insomnia) wrote,

Thoughtcrime in Iraq.

A recent post by Khalid Jarrar from Iraq is a real eye opener. In it, he talks about a new, propaganda-oriented show on one of the Iraqi government TV channels. The show features Iraqi police interrogating the supposed insurgents, admitting an unbelievable laundry list of their crimes -- raping, killing, targeting civilians, etc.

He goes on to describe an unbelievable, constantly repeated scenario:

"The police ask them: why do you do that?
For money, sir!
How much are you getting paid?
100$ for an operation, sir!
And what do you do with that money?
We buy alcohols and drugs, sir!
What is your advice for all the terrorists that are still fighting?
I advice them to surrender, sir, and to cooperate with the authorities, sir!

This is exactly what each and every one of them said, since the show started, and till today, showing many of them a day, and then you learn details about some of those criminals: they confess that they kidnapped girls and raped them, then slaughtered them. One of them, has a big beard, and then they tell us he is gay and was caught having sex with another man inside the mosque. Another one, confessed that his mother is a pimp, and that his friends used to come to his house to "have fun" with his sisters. And the story goes on..

And while these "confessions" are about to be over, this question should always come:
where does that money come from?
from the Syrian intelligence, sir!
and then the policeman voice, preaches them, telling them how low they are, and what kind of disgusting creatures they are, and how they stained the word "jihad" and how hypocrite they are, pretending to be mojahideen while they are hardly humans, and the policeman would also say: if you were real mojahideen we -police- would have been the first to follow you, you are thieves, rapists and thugs. Can you see dear audience? Those are the mojahideen that you hear about in your country, those are the ones that are fighting, those are the so-called resistance, low scum that worth nothing, real Iraqis should help capture them whenever you see them, they deserve more than just killing, they deserve to be killed a hundred times, if they attack only Americans, if they were honest, we would have been the first to follow them!"

When I heard of this transparent propaganda, my initial thought was that these prisoners were either tortured or coerced to give such confessions. My second thought was that Syria must be Bush's next target. My third thought was "I've seen this before..."

"Nobody ever escaped detection, and nobody ever failed to confess. When once you had succumbed to thoughtcrime it was certain that by a given date you would be dead. Why then did that horror, which altered nothing, have to lie embedded in future time?" - George Orwell, "1984"

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