The Battle of the Sinai. Isis on the one side, and Egypt on the other. And propaganda is at the centre of the media scene. Two opposing versions of the war fought around Sheick Zwuaid. The Isis’ video shows a blown up Egyptian military vehicle and a helicopter shot down, confirming the firepower of the jihadi army against Cairo’s resistance.
The Egyptians didn’t wait too long and published in response two videos in black and white. Some of their aircrafts appear to have hit several strategic places of jihadist militants. In the first movie we see the crumbling of a building, while in the other one we see the explosion of a line of pick up trucks. Al Jazeera wanted to remain impartial and chose to publish both videos, which show a high number of victims. This is an example of a war that doesn’t ignore the strength of political propaganda: the Isis’ power against the Egyptian army and Cairo against jihadist militants.
Talking about the effectiveness of digital communication, we can remember the news management that was employed for the first time during the Gulf War in 1991. A frustrating situation for many journalists, who were severely restricted on the amount of news they could send to their newspapers. Several journalists followed the war from distant places, and first image of the war that spread worldwide was that of “a war without victims”.
Newspapers and television stations rarely showed images of dead civilians: a totally opposite strategy to that currently used by Isis, which, on the contrary, wants to show its teeth and muscles. This is a war that aims to extend into the West, without looking into the eyes of other men. Umberto Eco, Italian writer and philosopher, affirmed that: “We are at war. And Isis is Nazism”.
First, the attack on the French magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, then the attack at the Bardo Museum and recently Sousse in Tunisia.
“The Islamic State wants to seize the world”, said Mr Eco.
This is a war that aims to the submission of humanity to an ideology. The size and relentless expansion of this violent war has undeniably become a worldwide threat: the worst fear of all is the outbreak of a third world conflict.