Atrocity propaganda is the spreading of information about the crimes committed by an enemy, which can be factual, but often includes or features deliberate fabrications or exaggerations.
Atrocity propaganda is not limited to times of conflict but can be implemented to sway public opinion and create a Casus belli to declare war. Atrocity propaganda is used to vilify the opposing side and establish a baseline lie by painting the enemy as a monster. The propagandists' goal is to influence perceptions and waste the time and resources of the enemy's counterintelligence services to defend itself.
“Atrocity propaganda and fake news creation is a regular feature of modern warfare and is designed to stir emotion, dehumanise and foster your hate of the ‘enemy' of the day, and is used to manage beliefs and opinions of the public in order to manufacture consent for the justification of escalating violence.”– Patrick Henningsen – TNT Radio
Atrocity propaganda leads to real atrocities, as it incites the enemy into committing more atrocities, and, by heating up passions, it increases the chances of one's own side committing atrocities, in revenge for the ones reported in propaganda. Atrocity propaganda might also lead the public to mistrust reports of actual atrocities. Atrocity propaganda can involve photographs, videos, illustrations, and rumors detailing exaggerated or invented crimes perpetrated by enemies.
A Brief History of Atrocity Propaganda
Atrocity propaganda has been used numerous times to start conflicts. It is a tool of choice for propagandists who want to demonise the ‘enemy' and spread false information. Here are just a few examples:
Babies on Bayonets
World War I Atrocity Propaganda
Flashback: Babies on Bayonets | The Corbett Report
One example of atrocity propaganda is the “Babies on Bayonets” story, which was used during World War I to accuse the Germans of tossing Belgian babies into the air and catching them on their bayonets. This story was later found to be untrue, and the Canadian high command investigated the matter, concluding that it was a fictitious atrocity. The “Babies on Bayonets” story is an example of how atrocity propaganda can be used to create a wave of patriotism and justify war efforts.
Babies Thrown From Incubators
The Nayirah Al-Ṣabaḥ testimony – 10 October 1990 – Gulf War
The Nayirah testimony was false testimony given before the United States Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990, by a 15-year-old girl who was publicly identified at the time by her first name, Nayirah. The testimony was widely publicised and was cited numerous times by U.S. senators and President George H. W. Bush in their rationale to support Kuwait in the Gulf War. In her testimony, Nayirah claimed that after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers take babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital, remove the incubators and leave the babies to die.
“I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor.”– Nayirah lies through her teeth
However, it was later revealed that her testimony was organised as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign, which was run by the American public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti Government. Furthermore, it was revealed that Nayirah's last name was Al-Ṣabaḥ and that she was the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Following this, Nayirah's testimony has come to be regarded as a classic example of modern atrocity propaganda.
Gaddafi Gave Viagra for Soldiers to Rape
US Ambassador Susan Rice – 2011
In 2011, allegations arose that Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan leader, was supplying his troops with Viagra to encourage mass rape. The claim was made by US Ambassador Susan Rice at a closed-door meeting of officials at the United Nations.
Rice accused Gaddafi of numerous human rights abuses, including the use of rape as a weapon of war. However, US military and intelligence officials told NBC News that there was no evidence that Libyan military forces were being given Viagra and engaging in systematic rape against women in rebel areas. The Viagra claim surfaced in an al-Jazeera report from Libya-based doctors who said they had found Viagra in the pockets of pro-Gaddafi soldiers. However, foreign affairs specialists expressed skepticism about the claim, and several diplomats who attended the closed-door Security Council meeting on Libya told Reuters that Rice provided no evidence for the Viagra allegation, which they said was made in an attempt to persuade doubters the conflict in Libya was not just a standard civil war but a much nastier fight in which Gaddafi is not afraid to order his troops to commit heinous acts.
In June 2011, the International Criminal Court began an investigation into the rape allegations seeking to add the rapes to Gaddafi's list of war crimes charges. The Viagra claim was later revealed to be a fabrication by a UN envoy in 2022.
Assad Gassing and Bombing His Own People
The allegations that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gassed his own people using chemical weapons have been used as a form of atrocity propaganda. Misinformation and propaganda have been used to sway public opinion, and visual investigations have been conducted to uncover evidence. The use of chemical weapons in Syria has led to selective outrage at Syrian atrocities, and images of dead Syrian children have also been used as propaganda.
The BBC Panorama documentary “Saving Syria's Children” has been the subject of controversy and allegations of atrocity propaganda. The documentary has been accused of being propaganda by some critics, who claim that it was staged and that the footage was not real. The documentary has also been criticised for its use of graphic images of injured children.
“A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”― Mark Twain
Isreal – October 2023 | i24 News
The report about the alleged murder of babies in Israel was first reported on October 10, 2023, by i24 News, a privately owned Israeli news outlet. The report was widely picked up by many other news organisations and spread on social media. The report claimed that Israeli soldiers found “babies, their heads cut off” and that they believe “40 babies/children were killed”. However, it is important to note that the reports were unverified and had not been confirmed. Reporters were not allowed to substantiate any of the claims by documenting the scenes because soldiers said “it was still too dangerous.”
Sadly, that didn't stop the propagandists spreading the horror. The seed was sewn, the die was cast, the outrage spell had been scattered far and wide, with news organisations in-sync.
Two Minute Hate
Politicians, news channels and commentators were clamouring for revenge as soon as the claim was made, some even calling for ethnic cleansing and genocide! They demand their two minutes of HATE!
In The United States, Ben Shapiro, an insane war mongering demon at The Daily Wire, was so desperate to convince his audience of the atrocity that he posted an image that was later proved to be fabricated by artificial intelligence.
It his since been revealed that detailed casualty data released by Israeli newspaper Haaretz show that almost half of the death toll from Hamas' Al Aqsa Flood operation are Israeli soldiers and police officers. There are no babies on the list either. READ
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Sources and links
Source: Atrocity Propaganda – Wikipedia
Babies thrown from incubators
Source: Nayirah testimony – Wikipedia
Gaddafi Viagra for Soldiers to Rape
Isreal Beheaded Babies