Poetry and Music: Keys to Defeating Daesh?

news  %tages Poetry and Music: Keys to Defeating Daesh?The Havok Journal, an on-line publication featured an article free: “Jihadis, Poetry and the Ongoing Bromance of ISIL: Are We Sending The Right Message?” (see: http://www.havokjournal.com/national-security/jihadis-poetry-and-the-ongoing-bromance-of-isil-are-we-sending-the-right-message/?utm_source=Havok+Journal&utm_campaign=233c4aaba2-Havok_Journal_Daily&utm_medium=send by e-mail&utm_term=0_566058f87c-233c4aaba2-213402489which is also the photo source.)The main thesis of the article was that dominating the information high ground hostile to Daesh will require taking the offensive with the poetry and music that is a part of the Arab culture. In help of this position, the article states that Osama Bin Laden was recognized for his eloquence of the classics and postulates that poetry is the way that Daesh communicates.The author clarification: “Rather than littering Raqqa, as we recently have, with pamphlets full of cartoons and meat grinders to try to push disenfranchised Muslim youth or already hardened ISIL fighters away from the cause, we should engage them in dialogue they be with you and hammer.[7]  Suggesting that Uncle Sam should sit down and pen ISIL a poem to open up dialogue seems like a ridiculous stretch, but if we place this responsibility in the www.psyopwar.com hands of those capable of crafting the right message, perhaps we can take this understanding of culture and use it to our advantage.”Is this really “a ridiculous stretch”? I frankly don’t reckon so. The essence of communication is that the messages are in tune with the receiver’s system. Deciding what media to deliver the message is a different choice than what the messages ought to be. Leaflets may or may not be the right standard in that particular AO, but, we must not lose sight of the fact that the messages are more vital.Understanding the culture is a prerequisite to crafting and delivering effective messages. Having said this, really understanding a culture is not a trivial matter or a quick undertaking. One needs to enlist not only the reservoir of published material, a degree of immersion, preferably with a assemble of knowledgeable and cooperative ‘natives’ of that culture is another key ingredient.Given that we will be engaged for quite a long time, this investment seems not only prudent – but, necessary.As always, reader comments encouraged.

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