Make no mistake: ISIS is evil. Really, really evil. So why would anyone launch a smear campaign against ISIS? Why bother inventing false charges against the group? Wouldn't it be easier simply to tell the truth? Isn't the truth bad enough
You would think so. Yet in recent days, our media has been relaying over-the-top fibs
against the world's most notorious jihadist group. There have been stories that ISIS has practiced female genital mutilation. Stories that ISIS has enforced the selling of female slaves. Stories of females forced into group marriages. There's even a claim that ISIS has decreed that the udders of cows be hidden from view because they are "indecent."
None of these charges appear to be true.
Yet ISIS really has committed many monstrous acts. Since the reality is sufficiently horrible, why bother to concoct false charges?
I'm reminded of the atrocity charges -- some of which were quite absurd -- leveled at the German army during World War I. These propaganda yarns
were utterly needless, since the Germans had committed plenty of truly ghastly crimes