Jimmy was waterboarded the most - as the group's morale booster.
And guess what? They did.
But rest assured, Ms. Entropy ain't nowhere close to finished with this rant.
No thanks to Trump.
I’m juggling media today, academic obligations, and university meetings (etc.), so thanks in advance for the patience.
Several remain detained as "potential security threats" as years of detention "may have radicalized them."
I WONDER WHY.
How does this play out in ISIS propaganda psyops?
"Maybe I will live, and maybe I will die. But I have nothing left to lose."
Journalists and aid workers -- every single one.
Yes, this matters. It matters a HELL of a lot in the context of the Global War on Terror.
Afghan, Pakistani, Arab, Chechen, Uyghur, etc. detainees imprisoned for years (some, to this day) were, like Jim, Steven, Alan, David & Abdurrahman..
And aid workers.
Most jihadi "execution films" follow a scripted format that I'll describe in the next Tweet.
- captive sits before a panel of judges / executioners
- masked man steps forward, announces charges
- victim 'confesses'
- brutal execution occurs, with victim dehumanized as a pleading, whimpering animal
Not so with ISIS & the five men above.
Not at all.
ISIS explicitly speaks of them as innocents, suffering for the policy decisions of American leaders.
This. Fucking. Matters.
If, that is, he'd like to defeat them.
I sure as hell do.
Hating ISIS (even for very personal reasons) and praying for their eradication doesn’t mean you get to ignore the conditions that birthed them in the first place.
Want to get rid of them?
Start with major missteps in the “Global War on Terror.”
There are several interlocking aspects to this mess, and Bashar al-Asad's regime in Syria is 100% not exempt.
[Don't @ me with "REGIME CHANGE!!!" accusations. That's not the damn point, or relevant to the topic.]
This is one factor (among MANY others) in the transformation of Syria's 2011 uprising into today's horrifying civil war.
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that's a fact.
That's an erasure of history, which is straight-up stupid and does absolutely nothing to contextualize the group's rise.
If he didn't exist, we would have had to invent him (and we kind of did):
The much-discussed "merger" of 2004 that led to "Al Qaeda in Iraq," helmed by Zarqawi, was a marriage of convenience -- and an asymmetrical one at that.
Zarqawi needed financial backers and a powerful name behind him.
BAM. Al Qaeda in Iraq.
(No, not because #kumbayah - because 'bad PR.')
By that point, though: it was already way too damn late.
Why? OBL's marginalization (see previous Tweets) (
To Be Continued.
Trigger warnings: all of them.