By Susan D. Harris
June 21, 2015
When I saw there was an "anti-ISIS pop
music video" on the internet, I immediately wondered what courageous
American entertainer had finally broken the boundaries of Islamic intimidation.
Not surprisingly, it wasn't an American,
but Kurdish pop-star Helly Luv, a woman who – despite numerous previous death
threats for her song "Risk It All" – has pushed the envelope even
further with the release of her new hit, "Revolution."
The entire video for "Revolution"
was filmed less than two miles from the frontline where Peshmerga fighters were
battling ISIS. The video ends as nearby gunfire causes Luv to duck.
While much is being written about Luv, the
Peshmerga fighters, and the Kurds – I would like to focus on why Luv's video is
First, it shines a glaring light on the
fact that no singers or other celebrities in the United States have the guts to
stand up and speak against the Islamic terror threat...using their talents as
musicians, entertainers or actors as a springboard to do something useful.
Instead, we get people like Prince singing about "Baltimore" and
headlines declaring that "Ferguson came to the Grammies."
The American tempest continues to be
stirred from within, distracting and disabling us. It reminds me of the now
politically incorrect children's book, "Little Black Sambo." It tells
the story of an Indian boy who throws his clothes and belongings to four hungry
tigers. The tigers wear the fine clothes; each is vainer than the other, and
they end up chasing each other around a tree until they melt into butter. Sambo
scooped up the butter and took it to Black Mumbo to make pancakes. The story
"And she fried them in the melted
butter which the tigers had made, and (the pancakes) were just as yellow and
brown as the little tigers."
Scandals being created, fomented and
exploited in America are whipping us into butter, and the Islamists are waiting
for the right time to come scoop up what's left of us.
Watching Luv's video... in which no shots
are staged or faked...should force us to face these stark realities:
Peshmerga fighters were our first line of defence against ISIS, but thanks to
Obama, they are grossly incapable of staving them off for long.
might have helped save some of the trapped Yazidis last year, but it was too
little too late; we only abandoned them again. Indeed, the in-and-out style of
the U.S. led airstrikes were similar to airstrikes in 1996 which the leader of
the Kurds referred to as "just part of Bill Clinton's election
to the lack of real leadership in the United States, other countries are not doing
enough to back the Kurds fight against ISIS either. Just days ago, the Wall
Street Journal ran a piece titled, "Kurdish Peshmerga Say They Need
Weapons After ISIS Seizes Iraqi Arsenal...Forces worry they cannot hold
Helly Luv's "Revolution" video
isn't only good for the morale of the Peshmerga fighters; it's sending an SOS
to the entire world. The video's high number of hits on Vevo and YouTube are
also a much needed counter-offensive to ISIS "powerful propaganda machine"
that is attracting young people on social media.
In WWII, such songs and visual images,
which many uninformed Americans now deride as "propaganda," were the
very things that helped inspire our soldiers and boost support among the
masses. Propaganda in the hands of bad people can be deadly; propaganda in the
hands of good people can save lives. One consists of lying or exaggerating in
order to further a despicable cause; the other is simply spreading information
in order to open people's eyes to the truth. Luv's video does the latter. The
fact that she chose to film it practically in the crosshairs of her enemies
demands the kind of respect rarely earned by a non-combatant.
With Luv telling the world that no one is
doing enough to help the Kurds, and calling attention to their 1.5 million
refugees, I doubt she will be invited to the White House very soon. Those
invitations are reserved for those who continue to stir the tempest from