Interesting, although I doubt this will convince anyone whose mind is made up either way.
I don't see how this alone could ever be proof of innocence, since Islamist preachers openly say that the "kuffar" (particularly of the US and UK) can
be harmed, manipulated and lied to during war.
In that sense it could be viewed as part theater for gullible Western liberals (further attacks on "innocent" Muslims), as well as a homage to the
eldest son and a mother's implicit challenge for further martyrdom to Islamists.
While there certainly may be a conspiracy behind the War on Terror and Islamism which manipulates both sides through lies, half-truths and divide and
rule, that does not mean Islamist brainwashing and wider sympathies are not very real and simple to achieve.
The mother clearly feels sorry for her son's incarceration initially (based on her emotion rather than proof), but the performance hardly seems like a
convincing plea of innocence.
While interpretations may differ, to me she ultimately looks defiantly and triumphantly proud of her boys.
But who knows?
Maybe it's ALL theater, and the parents are actors sending two very different messages to different sympathies simultaneously?
It all seems quite open-ended in crucial parts.
For example, when she says that the eldest son prayed five times a day and otherwise they would not be "real Muslims", she doesn't elaborate further
on what her implication of a "real Muslim" is.
She doesn't say that being devout means he was peaceful and moderate, as one might expect in a plea of innocence in this case.
The tone here is rather that he was a "real Muslim" in the same sense as people might say a soldier was a "real man".
What is certain is even extreme ideologies are very media savvy and know the power of propaganda.
Islamists may play different tunes for different audiences, for example, 9/11 was at times blamed on conspiracies, while at others Islamist propaganda
boasted of it as a major victory.
Of course guilt and innocence won't be proven or disproved by the opinions of the parents.
The question is really whether the parents truly come across as if the sons were innocent of a horrific deed.
If they are Islamist sympathizers they might believe that the sons were "innocent" of a "crime", but that doesn't mean they believe they didn't commit
edit on 4-6-2013 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)