In the hype of Syrian war and the war against internationally terrorist group ISIS, the Russian Embassy in the United Kingdom was ridiculed online after it tweeted that a truckload of chemical weapon just arrived in Syria. But what’s totally off with the tweet? It uses a screenshot from a video game to illustrate the message.
On Thursday morning, the Russian embassy in UK tweeted: “Extremists near Aleppo received several truckloads of chemical ammo.” Accompanying the text was a screenshot of a scene from the popular video game, ‘Command and Conquer: Generals’.
Russia’s support to the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and his government’s five-year fight against local rebels is a known fact. Local-borne militant group, such as ISIS has been the leading group that opposes al-Assad’s rise to power and his government.
It’s no surprise that Russia is continuously on the loose to provide black propaganda in a bid to discredit those who oppose the al-Assad government, which includes the ISIS or ISIL.
Although the Russian Embassy in UK put a disclaimer on the photo, which was reportedly taken from Google images, the text was overwhelmingly too small. Of course, the netizens has made fun and ridiculed the tweet and parody and sarcastic tweets flooded the internet with the similar sarcasm.
As of this posting, the Russian embassy did not take down the tweet that generated more than a thousand retweets and almost a thousand likes. A quick glance of the same embassy’s series of tweets, it would appear that it’s not the first time that it uses the same logic or style in making its message across.
There was one tweet earlier that day, which says, “Russia will continue to fight nazism” while embedding an image of zombie-like soldiers with the flag of Nazi Germany on their arms.
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) May 12, 2016
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