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Psy Ops – The Ugly Truth

Psychology Warfare can be defined as “Various techniques are used, by any set of groups, and aimed to influence a target audience’s value systems, belief systems, emotions, motives, reasoning, or behavior. It is used to induce confessions or reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the originator’s objectives. Target audiences can be governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.” This demonstrates the classical tool of modeling the target audience through utilizing Psychological techniques such as “observational learning” and “ classical conditioning.” These are components of the Social Learning Theory in contemporary psychology.

Governments such as USA depend on public opinion within and outside their nation to justify and approve their actions and simultaneously influence external attitudes to favor their objectives. This is demonstrated in their control of media outlets worldwide to shape or “condition” public opinion in favor of their strategic objectives. For instance, in “The War on Terror,” USA used the media outlets to convince the world that Taliban were backward people who were harboring terrorists. They fundamentally conditioned people to think that people who were “Fundamentalists” were ruthless people who followed orthodox Islam, were backward, abusive towards women, and were essentially terrorist who had to be taken out at all cost for the betterment of the world. This image that was painted captured not only American Non-Muslims but influenced American and Non-American Muslims who were influenced by television and media to the point that they would even modify their names so as to be non-Islamic sounding. This conditioning masquerades the real terrorism conducted by the imperialist regime such as the unjust foreign policies, massive human and property losses occurring from multiple wars, massive exploitation of resources of invaded nations and effectively shifts the blame on those that resist the unjust policies and the Muslim populace at large.

The technique or methodology used here is continuously bombarding media outlets with messages that condition the general masses into supporting the government policies while promoting a condition response of linking Muslims with terrorism and evil. Classical conditioning is described as presenting a neutral stimulus consistently with an unconditioned stimulus that generates an unconditioned response. Overtime, the association takes place and the unconditioned stimulus is no longer needed. Now, the previously neutral stimulus by itself generates the response. If we take the example of “War on Terror”, essentially the war on the Muslim World was being described. So the world “Terror” is the conditioned response when the word “Muslim” (conditioned stimulus) is uttered. With the consistent propaganda, the news caster need only utter “Muslim” or “Islamist” or “Fundamentalist” and the immediate conditioned response in the minds of the audience would be “Terrorist” or “Enemy” and so forth.

The psychological concept of observational learning also comes into play as people observe the language utilized by the journalists as well as the leaders of their countries and model their behavior accordingly. In other words, they imitate the language in their own communication and it infiltrates their thinking as well. Thus we see the effect of psychological manipulation at work by governmental and influential agencies by using the media outlets as their tool to attain their satanic objectives. This requires steadfast effort on the part of Muslims and others to focus on generating organizations and independent outlets that educate the masses about the reality.

  1. lonereyaz
    March 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Nice write-up. May Allah unite muslim countries and give us victory very soon in this war of ideas.

    • March 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Ameen. Jazak Allah Khairan.

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