Last month, alleged ISIS soldiers were shown on video destroying ancient relics and statues. The videos created a global uproar, and deepened western animosity towards the Islamic State. However, according to recent reports the whole thing was a hoax, and the ancient statues and relics were exact replicas of the real thing.
The suspicions were confirmed by Baghdad’s museum director who says that the originals are all safe and sound in the museum
“They were copies. The originals are all here,” he told Germany’s Deutsche Welle.
Iraq’s cultural heritage authority, Fawzye al-Mahdi, also commented on the video, telling Deutsche Welle, that none of the artifacts that appeared in the video were original.
“The reason they crumble so easily is that they’re made of plaster. You can see iron bars inside,” Mark Altaweel of the Institute of Archaeology at University College, London told reporters.
These developments combined with the recent confirmation through the mainstream media that the CIA funded Al-Qaeda, is leading many to wonder if ISIS isn’t another propaganda campaign to push America deeper into war.
Some of the most hyped up news images of our time surrounding war were not actually real but were simply public relations stunts, designed as psychological warfare operations. No one in America can forget the image of Saddam Hussein’s statue being toppled and covered with an American flag, yet few people realize that this was a hoax, a staged psychological operation coordinated between the military and the media. In July of 2004 journalist Jon Elmer exposed an internal army study of the war showing that this whole statue scenario was indeed a set up.
The statue hoax was just one example in a long list of lies and psychological operations surrounding the multiple wars in Iraq. At the onset of Operation Desert Storm, in 1990, a public relations firm by the name of Hill and Knowlton spent millions of dollars on the government’s behalf, constructing news pieces that would sell the war to the American public. One of the most moving pranks to come from this push to war was the testimony of a 15-year-old Kuwaiti girl, known only by her first name of Nayirah. Nayirah told a fabricated story about Iraqis killing babies, and was eventually exposed as the daughter of a United Nations official who was coaxed into lying.
The hoax video can be seen below:
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.