• U.S. Drops Pink Floyd-Inspired, Anti-IS leaflet in Syria

    May 13, 2015

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    You’d be forgiven if the anti-IS leaflet pictured below reminds you of images from Pink Floyd’s The Wall, you know, the whole meat grinder meets Ralph Steadman thing.

    This graphic, however, is part of America’s multi-billion dollar effort to defeat Islamic State, so it is not intended to be weirdly amusing, even though it is. Somehow, this is actually serious.

    An American F-15E pilot risked his life to drop 60,000 copies of the leaflet on Raqqa, Syria, the base of operations for the Islamic State. Al Jazeera’s translation says the image shows a “Daesh Employment Office” (Daesh is a pejorative nickname for IS in the Arab world, so nah nah poopy heads!) as two Floyd-esque IS recruiters feed young men into a meat grinder with “Daesh” written in blood on its side.

    When asked about the intended message of the leaflet, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, said “If you allow yourself to be recruited by Daesh, you will find yourself in a meat grinder.” Warren said the leaflet was created by the Army’s Military Information Support Operations, formerly known as PSY-OPS.

    The theory of course was that some young man who is otherwise being bombed day and night by the U.S. and/or his own government and/or some rival militant group, will pick up the leaflet from among the other trash strewn all over the streets, glance at the whacky comic, and decide that instead of joining Islamic State he’ll, whatever, finally start in on that art history degree at community college his mom is always bugging him about.

    Surprisingly, some experts have questioned the efficacy of the leaflet.

    Faysal Itani, a Fellow at the Atlantic Center in Washington who studies the various groups fighting in Syria’s war, said anyone in Raqqa thinking of joining IS is either ideologically committed or coerced. “Members of the first category are likely immune to leaflet propaganda, especially if distributed by an air force that has been bombing Raqqa,” Itani said. The rest, he said, would join out of financial necessity, the need for protection, or because they were forced to do so.

    News Flash to America: Dying for Islamic State, that whole jihadi thingie, is kind of what most recruits expect.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Chuck Nasmith said...


      …just another brick in the wall.

      05/13/15 8:41 AM | Comment Link

    • Chuck Nasmith said...


      Let the Patriot Act expire. Educate, Organize, Agitate. Wage Peace

      05/13/15 9:04 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      The USG should do what they did in WW11.
      Devalue whatever currency ISIS uses. As for the leaflet..ISIS is probably ROTFIGSL.


      05/13/15 9:45 AM | Comment Link

    • Avery said...


      ISIS fighters either have no choice or are WILLING TO DIE. Neither of these groups would care about this pamphlet.

      As you’ve posted here before, all this anti-ISIS propaganda the brilliant minds at the Pentagon have come up with works far better as pro-ISIS propaganda.

      05/13/15 12:36 PM | Comment Link

    • Chuck Nasmith said...


      How about “Hope Change Believe”and Democracy scratch and sniff cards that smell like B.S.

      05/13/15 1:55 PM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...


      PSY-OOPS – This is on par with the Nazi’s worthless pamphlet drop to discourage real American soldiers from fighting in Europe while evil Jews avoided enlisting so they could fuck the soldiers’ girlfriends back home. The reality this time is the US government is fucking the taxpayers with these worthless IS pamphlet drops.

      05/13/15 3:49 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      I’m wondering if ISIS has to compete with Boko Haram for recruits? Isis recruits are promised a large harem of young girls in the afterlife but Boko Haram delivers the goods right here on earth now!.

      05/13/15 4:58 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      John..you are incurable. 🙂

      05/13/15 9:15 PM | Comment Link

    • Chuck Nasmith said...


      Alert…and the next song coming up hopefully will be “Pigs” by Pink Floyd. Ha ha …what a charade you are.

      05/13/15 11:42 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      05/14/15 7:00 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Psy Ops needs to stop. They are gonna give ideas, just like the whole stupid orange prison suit thing.
      They need to stop reading comic books, and pick up a real book

      05/14/15 2:01 PM | Comment Link

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