When one watches the coverage of Syria, one can’t help but notice the strange priorities of the people reporting the story. While the “rebels” and ISIS and other organizations and groups are running around blowing each other up and gassing each other, the media suddenly and together noticed one thing. ISIS sure has a lot of Toyota trucks.
Somehow this insignificant (to the grander picture) detail became not only the biggest “problem” for our government, but one that required a probe. An investigation. Our leaders, fearless and brave, had to get to the bottom of this one in a hurry!
October 10th, USA Today reported that the US Government was examining the connection between Toyota and ISIS. As if there was one.
Toyota has issued a statement saying it’s going to cooperate with a U.S. inquiry into how relatively new Toyota Land Cruisers SUVs and Hilux pickups have been seen in convoys being run by the terror group in Iraq and Syria, Automotive News reports.
In the statement issued from Japan, Toyota said it is “impossible for automaker to control indirect or illegal channels” used by those who want their vehicles.
Automotive News says the reports are reaction to an ABC News report that the Treasury Department’s Terror Financing Unit is looking into how ISIS fighters were able to get their hands on so many Toyota vehicles. ISIS is also known as ISIL.
The strange part of this story is that it broke all at once in nearly every media outlet. It was almost as if the federal government planted the seed that they were going to look into it and everyone with a camera, notepad, and press pass fell right in line. USA Today wasn’t the only, and they weren’t the first.
CNN? You know they wanted answers.
ABC? Damn skippy.
The New York Times, via its editorial board, even pressed the panic button about how ISIS having Toyota trucks was contrary to the amazing job that was being done in “choking off” supplies to the terrorist group.
Administration officials say they are making progress in starving the Islamic State of revenue and the ability to spend that money in world markets for military equipment and other supplies like oil production gear. But the sight of brand-name vehicles in the group’s convoys is a sure sign that something is awry, especially when Toyota, the manufacturer, says it has a policy of not selling to purchasers who might modify vehicles for terrorist activities.
The Christian Science Monitor mournfully informs us…
“Regrettably, the Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux have effectively become almost part of the ISIS brand,” Mark Wallace, a former US Ambassador to the United Nations and CEO of the Counter Extremism Project, a nonprofit working to expose the financial support networks of terror groups.
Toyota has had to make a few statements with regards to their vehicles being used, and has even had to testify before congressional hearings. Toyota has said time and time again that they have safeguards in place specifically to prevent the sale of their vehicles to terrorist organizations and they did not make the sales directly and have no idea how their vehicles became the number one choice of ISIS.
Everyone is scrambling to figure it all out.
Everyone, except the people who pay attention.
What if we knew in April 0f 2014 exactly where those Toyotas were coming from?
And what if the US government was the group giving them to the “rebels” who would later become ISIS?
And what if the media ignored that fact and just reported it as if they had no idea what was going on?
The Hilux, a pickup truck Toyota has built since the late 1960s, isn’t available in the US, but it’s popular around the globe, including with insurgent groups such as the Taliban, al-Qaeda and Boko Haram.
Recently, when the US State Department resumed sending non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels, the delivery list included 43 Toyota trucks.
Hiluxes were on the Free Syrian Army’s wish list. Oubai Shahbander, a Washington-based advisor to the Syrian National Coalition, is a fan of the truck.
“Specific equipment like the Toyota Hiluxes are what we refer to as force enablers for the moderate opposition forces on the ground,” he adds. Shahbander says the US-supplied pickups will be delivering troops and supplies into battle. Some of the fleet will even become battlefield weapons.
“You can absolutely expect for many of those trucks to be mounted with crew-served machine guns or other type of equipment, military equipment, that the opposition forces have access to. I mean, that’s one of the reasons why the Toyota Hilux is such an important force multiplier, because it could be used both for humanitarian purposes and for operational purposes as well.”
Syria is only the latest war zone where the Hilux has been a vehicle of choice.
Not only did we supply the trucks, we acknowledged that they could indeed be used for military purposes by the rebel groups we were arming. You can read more about it here, and listen to the interview as it aired at the link.
When we began arming the “rebels,” many people, myself included, begged the federal government not to get involved in a civil war. We begged the government not to arm people who could turn against us one day. We pleaded and pleaded and were drowned out by nosy interventionists who cried about how horrible everyone who didn’t want to “help” was, and now here we are caught in a proxy war with Russia and arms we supplied are in the middle of it.
We did a good thing here, right?
This is an astonishing story for so many reasons, and it’s important that we understand all of them.
- The United States government, against the wishes of a large swath of the country, got involved in a civil war that was not directly related to the security of the country.
- The government is embarrassed by a symbol of the ISIS rebels and decides to go after an innocent company and blame them for supplying those rebels.
- The media jumps in to paint Toyota as terrorist suppliers.
- The media absolutely ignores the fact that we supplied them with trucks that we’re now asking about the origins of. They march in lockstep with the government, reporting the story from the administration’s angle uncritically and without doing any kind of research or fact checking. None of the stories I linked mentioned that we supplied the trucks.
When I wrote last week about the propaganda arm of the US government that no one cared about, this is exactly what I was talking about. This is the kind of story that a propaganda arm pushes and exactly the way they push it. The federal government gives marching orders and the media jumps in line immediately. Even though the facts are available, some of them over a year old, the truth is discarded and instead we get the spun version of it from our guardians of truth known as the media.
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the media has no interest in finding the truth, finding the answers, or even reporting the story. Little by little they have become an extension of the federal government and whatever its message is. The “adversarial relationship” that we heard was “so important” for 8 years of a Republican president has completely gone by the wayside and it’s time you stopped listening and started thinking for yourself.
The information is out there if you want it.