John Cantlie’s ISIS propaganda ‘travel’ video through the bustling city of Mosul emerged on the 3rd of January this year (above). John Cantlie was in line to be beheaded – and now the freelance journalist is ‘freelancing‘ for ISIS in slick and professionally produced ‘travel’ videos. But we have no idea for how long. He says the Aleppo episode is the ‘last’ in the series. (And that could be a worry for the ‘hostage’)
So who the hell is orchestrating all this?
Normality vs Chaos
The schizophrenic nature of the ‘ISIS brand’.
1. NORMALITY at home. In the Cantlie videos, obviously endorsed by powers in the group, normality is portrayed. The Arab world (under ISIS) is just going about its Sharia business, then
2. CREATING TERROR. In the other stomach churning – pilot burning – calling for infidel blood videos – the insanity of ISIS is portrayed. Presumably this is intended to create fear (in the West) and encourage fanatic recruitment. But it also incites attacks upon themselves. One wonders why they would do that!
These videos are definitely produced by TWO DIFFERENT media departments – with opposing agendas.
This ‘travel’ series has had very little MSM coverage, but what is extraordinary is Cantlie’s casual manner – even playfully riding a Police motorbike (at 7:12). It is like watching one of Michael Palin’s travel documentaries. He was captured with James Foley who was allegedly beheaded in a (fake) video, but was most likely killed later anyway (see previous post here). But Cantlie managed to prove himself an asset and is still alive. Give this guy a BAFTA for his enthusiastic performance – even if he might be suffering Stockholm syndrome. (His sister says that he is a very principled man)
Who are John Cantlie’s Friends?
John Cantlie on an African adventure in 2008 with Prince William and Prince Harry.
Both men had previously been kidnapped before.
Cantlie was reportedly kidnapped crossing into Syria on 19 July 2012, with Dutch photographer Jeroen Oerlemans. Cantlie was shot when they were rescued by the Free Syrian Army.
Foley had been captured (by pro-Gaddafi forces) on 5 April 2011 with other reporters. Photojournalist Anton Hammerl was killed and Foley was released 44 days later.
Fellow Friend and Hostage
November 2012 – Cantlie and Foley were good friends and had been on a daring three-week reporting trip into war-ravaged Syria. As they heading towards safety and the Turkish border, a Hyundai mini-van pulled their taxi over. Islamists ordered the two journalists out of the car.
The journalists were held hostage and reported to have suffered waterboarding, electric shocks, were tasered and forced to fight other prisoners to entertain IS fanatics.
Cantlie’s survival instinct must have kicked into high gear. He has managed to stay alive by being an asset – and started appearing in a videos series called ‘Lend Me Your Ears‘.
Cantlie reporting for ISIS.
(And now, in Australia, we have to deal with the new terrorists – the Granny Flat Lone Wolves. I wonder if those Granny flat jihardists had seen Cantlie’s videos.)
But, we too are constantly bombarded by normality and chaos on our television screens. We are/were subjected to sterile military footage showing missiles hitting their (Saddam/Taliban/al Qaeda/Gadaffi/ISIS) target – then switching back to American Idol or Dancing With The Stars.
Our societies accept and portray war and murder as ‘normal’. This is the insanity of our world. And we should just not accept it. All of it.