Via LGF. Is there really some shortfall of defeatist, Bush-hating sentiment in the comments at YouTube that these guys feel the need to supplement it? This is like leftists infiltrating Free Republic to pump up the pro-Tancredo sentiment.
“Invent Stories About American Soldiers You Have [Allegedly] Personally Known”
“Obviously, you should post your contribution… as an American… You should correspond with visitors to this forum, [bringing to their attention] the frustrating situation of their troops in Iraq… You should invent stories about American soldiers you have [allegedly] personally known (as classmates… or members in a club who played baseball and tennis with you) who were drafted to Iraq and then committed suicide while in service by hanging or shooting themselves…”
“Also, write using a sad tone, and tell them that you feel sorry for your [female] neighbor or co-worker who became addicted to alcohol or drugs… because her poor fiancé, a former soldier in Iraq, was paralyzed or [because] his legs were amputated… [Use any story] which will break their spirits, oh brave fighter for the sake of God…”
“You should enter into debate or respond only if it is extremely necessary… Your concern should [only] be introducing topics which… will cause [them to feel] frustration and anger towards their government…, which will… render them hostile to Bush… and his Republican Party and make them feel they must vote ton bring the troops back from Iraq as soon as possible.”
Jihadis are even more common at LiveLeak than at YouTube as far as I can tell. Videos of attacks on U.S. troops are uploaded regularly to its Iraq page and I’ve seen guys in the comments with mujahedeen flag avatars. Note the title of this vid, for example, which has been reposted at the site upwards of 10 times now. My comfort level with this stuff being made available for public consumption turns mainly on whether the audience is expected to be mostly American, in which case its useful as a window onto the enemy, or mostly foreign, in which case it’s radicals passing them around to pick up tips and get their rocks off. Paradoxically, that mitigates in favor of LiveLeak instead of YT: because the videos are featured prominently and presented side by side with coalition clips, they’re probably getting more domestic play. At YT, where they’re buried in the stacks and isolated on their own page, the links are probably being passed around by giggling Bin Laden groupies.
The more time passes, the more repetitive/less useful/more simply prurient do jihadi videos become, which is why I haven’t featured one here in awhile. A better question, given the U.S. military’s decision to start uploading its own clips to YouTube, is whether we’re going to end up giving away tips on how best to attack our guys. Jihadis may end up watching our videos even more intently than we watch theirs.