Make love, not jihad: PSYOP, OSINT efforts should tackle repression of romance
By Steve Hammons
October 31, 2005 (American Chronicle)
In the struggle against terrorism, religious extremism and in dealing with challenges in Iraq, there are many strategies and tactics available. These include so-called "hard power" options such as bullets and bombs as well as "soft power" such as persuasion, education and psychological operations (PSYOP).
Dr. Walid Phares, a professor of Middle East studies and senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, wrote an article titled "�Valentine's Day Enrages Jihadists." Phares noted that, "the terrorists are not intimidated by death, but they are terrorized by love."
This situation is ripe for PSYOP and open source intelligence (OSINT) endeavors to "liberate the oppressed," as the U.S. Army Special Forces motto goes.
"Love warfare has become the boldest threat that can roll back jihad. On the internet, Arab, Persian, Kurdish, Aramaic, and other love and music chat rooms attract ten times the al-Ansar-crowded rooms. There, you read and hear discussions of love; they seek, not decadence, but the early stages of a romantic revolution," according to Phares.