By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Exclusive)
We have always argued that liberalism and Islam have much in common. Today, in a remarkable new video released by the ISIS, British hostage John Cantlie is not behaving like a hostage, but popped up giving a televised tour of the Syrian city of Kobane.
Amazingly, Cantlie in this video is not in a red jumpsuit ready to be beheaded, but is comfortably doing propaganda scenes for ISIS and is seen here expressing the ISIS version of the news in denouncing Western coverage of the fighting in the city of Kobani:
Hard to believe? No.
Many still believe that much of this persecution of liberal journalists like James Foley is all a stage act, photo shopped, a set up behind a green screen.
Many whom watched the beheading of James Foley were surprised how he appeared comfortable in front of a camera without showing the typical signs of fear or agony and noticed that the whole escapade was obviously read from a tele-prompter.
Perhaps they learned from Obama.
Cantlie, a ‘photographer’ and ‘journalist’ who was taken hostage in late 2012, has appeared in a number of propaganda videos for ISIS in recent months, usually in an orange jumpsuit in front of a plain black screen. However, the new video obtained by Shoebat.com linked to the Islamic State, appears markedly more professional than the previous ones appearing to show Cantlie walking comfortably outside and animatedly discussing recent events.
Surprisingly, Cantlie was taken hostage by the Islamic State in November 2012 at the same time as American journalist James Foley, the ‘first hostage’ whose ‘execution’ was filmed and shared on the Internet. Like Foley, it was the second time Cantlie had been taken hostage: He had been freed by Syrian Free Army troops earlier in 2012, yet returned again to be “captured” (most likely hired) by ISIS.
Although previous videos appeared designed to criticize Western military action against the Islamic State, this time the main target appears to be exposing Western media and their coverage of the situation in Kobane where the Islamic State has battled for control against Kurdish militias.
At the end of the video, Cantlie says that media reports are “wrong” and that fighting in Kobane is “almost over”. “Urban warfare is about as nasty and as tough as it gets,” he says, “and it’s something of a specialty of the mujahideen.”
The Mujahideen need a pep-up and Cantlie is doing them a service.
Lebanese TV did an investigative reporting on the James Foley video interviewed Mr. “A’shmawi, an Egyptian executioner who executed over one thousand criminals dismissed it as a hoax. He stated that he “never witnessed anyone who would act so cool during an execution”. The investigative report were able to get experts who replicated the whole fiasco which doesn’t need interpreting (start at 00:53):
But a report from the New York Times shed more light that Foley converted to Islam convincingly:
Mr. Foley converted to Islam soon after his capture and adopted the name Abu Hamza, Mr. Bontinck said. (His conversion was confirmed by three other recently released hostages, as well as by his former employer.)
“I recited the Quran with him,” Mr. Bontinck said. “Most people would say, ‘Let’s convert so that we can get better treatment.’ But in his case, I think it was sincere.”
We would suppose at some point in time Cantlie would be released to finally go home, get a hero’s welcome and sign a book deal on his heroism and miraculous escape or get ‘beheaded’ while hiding somewhere in Raqqa sipping espresso and dipping Hummus with Caliph Al-Baghdadi. Strange how Cantlie has his mustache trimmed and does grow a beard, a sign of true conversion as mandated in Islam for Muslim males. We all remember Berg Bergdahl and how that turned out. Shoebat.com translated all his Arabic and as it turned out he was willingly cooperating with the Jihadists.
One would presume that if a journalist is “taken hostage” that he would not return to the crime scene. Not even Anderson Copper of CNN returned after he experienced a little roughing-up in the Middle East. But of course Cooper is rather a “sissy”. I guess saying this makes me a homophobe?
Its a strange world we live in.