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It’s a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani, Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, “As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS.” In an editorial today, the New York Times declares that the fight for the town near the Turkish border has emerged as a crucial test of US strategy. “A setback in Kobani would show the fragility of the American plan and hand the Islamic State an important victory,” says the editorial. If ISIS wins there, it puts the group in position to cross into Turkey “and directly threaten a NATO ally, a move that could force the alliance to come to Turkey’s defense.”
I will admit that the battle is important for the media…..they can cover the war from the safety of Turkey and still get great pics for the evening news….they, the media,. can interview people about the conflict without having to venture into a war zone…..makes good copy. They can film airstrikes as they are taking place….again….good copy.
Kobane is the perfect propaganda tool…….the reports of successful airstrikes
and the fighting toughness of the Kurds make a great tool to see this conflict as a success in the making.
Kobane can be used extensively to have the public fixate on a pending success while ISIS makes great advancements in Iraq especially in al-Anbar province……
Kobane is a diversion from the reality that Baghdad is in the cross hairs of ISIS….there have even been some artillery fire hitting the western outskirts of the capital..
ISIS, if they win at Kobane, is of NO threat to Turkey, contrary to popular belief. Why? Turkey has a substantial army, well-trained and equipped it would prove to be a solid obstacle….rather ISIS operates better in a region where there is chaos and instability….Turkey would be a poor choice of conflict.
Then there are the numerous “think tanks”….they send their “experts” out to give their analysis and most of it is just a reflection of the governments story line……they are acting as agents of the government’s propaganda machine.
For those that study propaganda techniques…Kobane is technique #11–saturation and #14– diversion….and it is working……….polls show that the American people are confident that this strategy is good with the exception that they feel that ground troops will finally be needed to successfully rout ISIS from the Middle East…..but do not want them to be American.
Polls are taken almost daily and the government then adjusts its predictions and storyline that will be more in line with what the polls show. This not something new….it has been used many times…..especially in 1991 then in 2003 and now today.
The answer to the original question is that it is important but not for the reasons the media would have you believe….its only importance is for the amount of propaganda that can be gleaned from it.
This battle will continue as long as either side can keep the message flowing. This situation is nothing but the media and the government selling a bill of goods to the public.
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