The Internet has served as a positive tool for allowing individuals throughout the globe to connect — and, to a certain degree, empathize — with each other despite race, nationality or numeorus other factors of identification that often cause problems in the real world.
Despite its power to further understanding amongst differing groups, the Internet has also been a successful tool for those pushing against globalization and the mixing of cultures, as well as those who promote violence or commit violent acts. The Taliban, for instance, recently had its video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release go viral. The student who committed a mass drive-by shooting in Isla Vista, California, posted his warning via YouTube. There are also many popular jihadist forums and websites online.
In a recent photo posted on Twitter, a group of jihadists mocked Michelle Obama’s support of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign that has put pressure on Nigerian militants to return the hundreds of school girls they have abducted.
The photo is a doctored version of the original, replacing Obama’s “#BringBackOurGirls” sign with one that reads “#BringBackOurHumvee.”
The photo was posted by followers of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist group that is growing momentum in the current Iraq conflict. The photo references ISIS’s alleged capture of significant U.S. military hardware in Iraq, which Free Beacon reports is being shipped to al-Qaeda rebels in Syria. ISIS has also been posting photographs of the captured tanks, humvees, weapons and ammunition via various social media sites. The equipment, while originally U.S.-owned, previously belonged to the Iraqi government.
ISIS continues to establish its presence in northern Iraq, where it has taken over several cities in a relatively short time span. The Obama administration has yet to officially respond to the situation in the country, and this photograph demonstrates how the extremist group is waiting to see whether or not the U.S. will once again become entangled in the regional conflict.