Emotion and Deception

“You see when emotions are involved tendency is – facts and information can be distorted to appeal to such emotions.”


The jihadist war that we hear in news stories from the safe distances of our houses to the ground zero continues to ravage up to this day. Anything can happen from such an extent of time, whether we know now the current status quo or not what is important is that we take a look first of what has transpired during these dark times for the people most affected by the war.

In 2016, a video of a boy who was just one of the many victims of the war was circulating around the internet. What was striking in the video was the circumstances surrounding such media material and the way it was conveyed or reported to the public.

A message that has strike deep into the hearts of many and has invoked extreme emotions, you could have already felt justified by your emotions were it not for the fact that the video was all just a hoax.

Yes, you heard it just right. The video of the Aleppo boy was constructed – it was made to fit into an agenda, but what could that be?

The case of the “Aleppo Boy” is the latest in a long line of examples of the use of media images to promote war.

According to P.T. Carlo, A freelance writer in theduran.com, he states and I quote “The viral photo of a Syrian Boy covered in dust and blood is the start of this propaganda push. The image is almost perfectly crafted to elicit the most powerful emotions from those who view it,  who after all do not feel sympathy for an innocent child caught in the midst of the carnage of a brutal civil war? Such sensational images are particularly effective when shown to (American) audiences who are not only inherently sentimental but also profoundly ignorant about the rest of the world” (2016)

Raf Sanchez, a Middle East Correspondent, was able to retrieve an interview of the father and the boy by the Pro-regime Syrian and Lebanese media in his article in The Telegraph. He mentions the possibilty that the family was forced to take part of the interview since they were situated in a place under the regime and was for their own safety. However, the father claims in the interview that the Syrian rebels have used his family to push their own agenda and to invoke sympathy from the rest of the world against the Assad regime.

Fares Shehabi, a member of the Syrian parliament for Aleppo, used even stronger language, tweeting: “Remember Omran?! His family tells the true story of an Aleppo boy abused by western media presstitutes for political propaganda!”

“This is the country we have lived in all our lives, and the children have the right to come back here,” Daqneesh (The Aleppo Boy’s Father) said in an interview. “This is everything we know.”

It is unclear who initiated these interviews with the family, who declined to speak to the media when the story first broke. But what is clear is that the family remained in their home in Aleppo — under the control of the Assad regime — as the war continued to drag on across their country.


Sources (Retrieved on July 10, 2017):
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4574234/Little-boy-symbol-Aleppo-s-struggle.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/06/07/how-omran-the-dazed-aleppo-boy-who-reappeared-this-week-became-a-political-pawn-in-syrias-war/?utm_term=.a0f48c0e98df
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/05/new-photos-emerge-omran-daqneesh-boy-became-symbol-aleppos-suffering/
http://theduran.com/media-manipulation-and-the-aleppo-boy/

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