By Suzanne Eovaldi, staff writer
“Boys are for pleasure, women are for babies,” former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb told CNN viewers as he explained that the Taliban propaganda film of Bowe Bergdahl’s release was carefully crafted to throw many cruel insults at America in order to flood the Middle East with the message that the Taliban had achieved victory over the great Satan! (1)
The fact that Bowe Bergdahl had no beard, no facial hair was meant to convey the message to world audiences that he, i.e. America, had been emasculated, rendered weak, unable to win the battle for hearts and minds! In the Afghan culture, thick beards and facial hair are signs of virility, masculinity on steroids. Webb said the entire scenario was a deftly drawn propaganda event aimed to humiliate the United States, our fighting men in Afghanistan and to tell the entire world we have been defeated!
“It’s an insult to shake with the left hand,” an affront to the Taliban who knew to send this non-verbal message, even though our vulnerable Special Forces extraction team had to operate during the daylight, without protection of backup power of our military. Our team had to keep their right hands free as they were meeting up with heavily armed Haqqani troops carrying grenade launchers and heavy duty assault rifles. Had something gone wrong, our copter “would have been a bullet magnet!” Again, the message the Taliban was sending to the Western world is, “we’re compassionate; Bergdahl is able to walk out on his own.” But the propaganda payload sent to Arabic TV was that the clothed in white “Americans are weak, they’ve lost another war, we’ve won this one for Allah.”
The fact that the Taliban filmed the whole thing and CNN simply picked up the feed immediately sends a message that the terrorists were in control.
Now, let’s examine the message the Muslim world was picking up on in this film, as revealed by the hints of former Navy SEAL Webb. Wiki defines Bacheh-baazi as a Persian word for “playing with kids; also a child, young man, kid; it is a slang term that is commonly used for sexual slavery and child prostitution.” Bacha bazi was exposed in a 2010 documentary aired on PBS’s Frontline. “These batchas or dancing boys are a recognised (sic) institution throughout” Afghanistan, Wiki continues. “Bacha bazi is one form of pederasty which has been prevalent in that area since ancient times.” (2) What has to be noted here is that no female soldiers were on the US extraction team, and that the closest visual of a feminine—or rather, effeminate–presence in the entire event was Bergdahl himself. Think about the symbolism in our currently politically correct culture that the Afghanis are exploiting.
A clean-appearing, childlike male next to heavily armed, bearded, very virile Afghan males conveys. . .you connect the dots. The left hand over the chest greeting the Special Ops rescue soldier gave was met equally with one from the other side, neutralizing slightly the handover.
The contrast between the appearance of Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban soldiers who released him is very startling, especially given the look of Bergdahl in terrorist’s “proof of life” videos as he sits cross legged on a floor mat, eating out of a bowl in typical Middle Eastern meal tradition. One sees these dining-on-the-floor scenarios all over the North African Imperial Cities in Morocco of Fez, Marrakech, Meknes, and Rabat. So any viewer with half a sense of travel in the Atlas Mountain regions should easily be able to recognize what’s going on in the Afghan mountain made-for-the-movies-agitprop. (3)
“Our government knows full well that he deserted…it looks bad and is a good propaganda piece for the Taliban. They (U.S.) refuse to acknowledge it. . .What he did affected his family and his whole town back home who don’t know the truth. . .our movements, locations, tactics, weak points on vehicles, and other things for the enemy to exploit are just a few possibilities,” says an un-identified (for this post) soldier companion of Bergdahl. (4) “He failed his brothers.” So not only were the wise-to-Western-messaging Taliban able to exploit Bergdahl’s walk around the earth; they astutely manipulated his handover for television and the internet the world over!
SOURCES: (1) Brandon Webb, CNN afternoon newscast, June 3, 2014
(3) agitprop . abbreviated from Russian agitatsiya propaganda (agitation propaganda), political strategy in which the techniques of agitation and propaganda are used to influence and mobilize public opinion/http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/9224/agitprop