To support IS more than IS

تم نشره في Tue 24 February / Feb 2015. 12:00 AM

By Fahed Khitan

A few days after the Islamic State published its video depicting its crime against martyr pilot Muath Kasasbeh, some came out claiming the film was fabricated. I reviewed on Arab news sites analyses attributed to people who claim to be knowledgeable about footage and film making, claiming the film is fabricated, let alone the events that took place in it.

The same was repeated days after the brutal death of twenty one Egyptians in Libya two weeks ago. Braggarts began to question the validity of the film, and worked hard to refute the incident and the location where the operation took place. We heard silly and superficial talks from naive analysts, who were hosted by some satellite channels to analyze the film and reveal it to be false.

Such a controversy was justified with the first films of brutal execution of hostages; at the time, the brutality it showed seemed hard to believe. But with IS continuing their crimes, and sophistication in their execution, the controversy dissolved.

These uncertainties, usually, give the opportunity to those who believe in conspiracy theory to say that foreign intelligence agencies are behind such crimes to tarnish the image of Arabs and Muslims.

Additionally, those who follow the discussions about IS films will notice time-correlation between reports doubting the authenticity of the films and analyses that claims foreign entities are responsible for them.

However, not one of those skeptics asks themselves: If IS is innocent of these acts, why have its been silent about them, and never denied nor disown them?

There are already those who cannot believe that human beings commit such crimes. There are those who do not think that they were living among us before they joined the brutal killing machine. When the organization swept the city of Mosul last summer, many politicians questioned the validity of what was attributed to IS in crimes against the population of the city, and some of these politicians remarks still ring in my ears.

But in contrast, the state of denial in among some analysts involves a level of slag that betrays a sympathy with the organization and its ideology. They think, among them those who may not agree with some of the brutal methods of IS, that it is their duty to help them overcome the negative effects, and reduce losses as much as possible, and keep the momentum and sympathy that IS enjoys among circles of the general public in many Arab countries.

I've noticed the power of shock over the supporters of the organization in Jordan and abroad after the video of the crime against Muath Kasasbeh, and I can repeat some of the statements given by some leaders of the Salafist movement Jordanian to CNN Arabic the day following the crime against Kasasbeh.


IS sympathizers saw it their duty to save the reputation of the organization from the actions of its affiliates, through questioning the film that portrays its crimes. In short, they are stronger supporters of IS than IS.



This article is an edited translation from the Arabic edition