During Sunday night's Democrat debate, presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton made the outrageous statement that Donald Trump was featured in ISIS recruiting videos. The lie was swiftly debunked, but what is perhaps most ironic is the fact that there is an ISIS recruitment video currently making the rounds that features, of all people, former president Bill Clinton and current president Barack Obama.
The ISIS recruiting video which was reportedly released in late-November, is dubbed "No Respite" and clearly showcases how the Islamic State views itself.
There are multiple versions of the video in various languages. The English version targets U.S. military strategy and also notes racial tensions at play across the country.
The title of the video derives its name from Quran verse 71. The blog Heavy explains:
And recite to them the news of Noah, when he said to his people, “O my people, if my residence and my reminding of the signs of Allah has become burdensome upon you – then I have relied upon Allah . So resolve upon your plan and [call upon] your associates. Then let not your plan be obscure to you. Then carry it out upon me and do not give me respite.
In the video, ISIS mocks the United States’ military tactics in the region and also spotlights racial tensions in the U.S. It shows geographical information of its expanding “caliphate” and comments on the Sykes–Picot Agreement, which split up the lands of the defeated Ottoman Empire after World War I and drew the modern map of the Middle East.
The crucial point of this propaganda video is that, at the end of the day, it matters not who America elects as president. Islamic terrorism has been and always will be about one thing alone: Islam. It is not about poverty or American foreign policy decisions. Islamic terrorists have been wreaking havoc for decades, centuries, millennia even -- far before the U.S. was even born. It is easy to forget that key fact when left-wing lawmakers and the media report otherwise, and attempt to attribute modern-day occurrences as catalysts for this age-old ideology.