Despite the fact there is little evidence ISIS knew about or planned the attack on a provocative “Draw Mohammad” event in Texas, The New York Times has reached the conclusion the terror army is responsible.
Because one of the shooters, Elton Simpson, posted a tweet praising Junaid Hussain, said to be an ISIS computer expert, the Times concludes the terrorist group was somehow involved in the attack.
The Times admits its conclusion is at best tenuous:
Law enforcement officials have not presented any conclusive evidence that the Islamic State planned or directed the attack. Yet Mr. Simpson appears to have been part of a network of Islamic State adherents in several countries, including the group’s hub in Syria, who have encouraged attacks and highlighted the Texas event as a worthy target.
The newspaper then argues a lone wolf terrorist does not need to be a member of ISIS in order for us to consider him one and thus make the organization responsible:
Counterterrorism officials say the case shows how the Islamic State and its supporters use social media to cheerlead for attacks without engaging in the secret training, plotting and control that has long characterized Al Qaeda. But a close look at Mr. Simpson’s Twitter connections shows that he had developed a notable online relationship with some of the Islamic State’s best-known promoters on the Internet, and that they actively encouraged such acts of terror.
This is akin to saying “friends” on Facebook are indeed friends in real life because they forge “notable online” relationships with each other without actually in fact knowing each other.
War Propaganda and War Crimes
Since 9/11 the government and its propaganda media have excelled at fabricating outrageous conspiracy theories for the sake of creating and expanding war.
The Times is notorious for war propaganda. Judith Miller served as the newspaper’s conduit for neocon lies and fabrications that led to the death of over a million Iraqis. The Times has yet to sufficiently apologize, let alone make amends, for its role in a war now generally regarded as unprovoked and unnecessary.
“Modern and total war develops, as I see it, along three lines: the war of weapons on land, at sea and in the air; economic war, which has become an integral part of every modern war; and, third, propaganda war, which is also an essential part of this warfare,” explained the notorious Nazi, Reichsmarshall Hermann Goering.
After Julius Streicher, a German publisher and Nazi propagandist, was hanged at Nuremberg after being judged complicit in crimes against humanity, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 110 which “condemns all forms of propaganda, in whatsoever country conducted, which is either designed or likely to provoke or encourage any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression.”
The principle of the resolution was obviously violated by The New York Times when it published overt war propaganda during the Bush administration.
“The failure of influential American journalists, such as the New York Times’ Judith Miller, to test the accuracy of information played a critical role in the Bush administration’s successful effort to incite the American public to attack a country which was not threatening us,” writes Peter Dyer.
Though she was far from alone in selling the case for war, Miller — through her seemingly uncritical reliance on dodgy informants — was probably responsible to a larger degree than any other American journalist for spreading the fear of nonexistent Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.
As such she and other influential journalists who failed in this way bear a share of moral, if not legal, responsibility for hundreds of thousands of deaths, millions of refugees and all the other carnage, devastation and human suffering of “Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Some prominent American media figures, however, went considerably further than simple failure to check sources. Some actively and passionately encouraged Americans to commit and/or approve of war crimes, before and during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Prominent among these was Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly who – regarding both Afghanistan and Iraq – advocated such crimes forbidden by the Geneva Convention as collective punishment of civilians (Gen. Con. IV, Art. 33); attacking civilian targets (Protocol I, Art. 51); destroying water supplies (Protocol I Art. 54 Sec. 2) and even starvation (Protocol I, Art. 54 Sec. 1).
Once again The New York Times is doing its part to foment a larger war in the Middle East by passing off its fallacious reportage and conclusions as news when in fact it passes for little more than blatant war propaganda.
The establishment media refuses to report that ISIS was trained in Jordan by the United States and glosses over the fact the Islamic State is funded by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries who are routinely described as US allies.