In October of this year this question came up again; “How did ISIS get so many Toyotas?”
Yeah, exactly how did ISIS get so many vehicles?
When Toyota was asked this same question they responded in typical corporate gibberish; stating “Toyota does not know how ISIS obtained the vehicles.” Adding “Toyota has a strict policy to not sell vehicles to potential purchasers who may use or modify them for paramilitary or terrorist activities,” this according to Ed Lewis, Toyota’s Washington-based director of public policy & communications.
Or Toyota’s version of Josh Earnest.
Journalistic investigations revealed 43 of those Toyotas were supplied by the U.S. State Dept.
Those 43 were intended for the Syrian moderate Rebels (you know the guys we weren’t backing, even though we were).
Another article revealed that some 800 Toyotas were missing from Sydney Australia. Missing? You mean stolen? From one place or randomly?
It’s hard to believe hundreds of Toyotas were stolen in Sydney Australia, shipped to the Middle East, and wound up in the hands of ISIS, without red flags going up all over. Good to know the thieves showed the good judgement in stealing only white and black Toyota trucks, don’t you think.
Would it be too simple to just surmise “Japan makes Toyotas, imports all of its oil, ISIS has oil money to spend on vehicles, so why not spend it on Toyotas?”
It wouldn’t be the first time corporations placed profits about ethics and then lied about it.
But that’s not the question, nor the point of this article.
You can bet the media didn’t stop posting ISIS fighters in fleets of Toyotas out of some form of corporate compassion.
No, I smell money in all of this. Major money. Political favor money.
The cost of influencing the suppression of the photos and videos of ISIS fighters in Toyota trucks would be cheaper than marketing a campaign to repair the damage done by the continual link between ISIS and Toyota. Toyota would be willing to pay to have the videos suppressed, but who could or did they pay?
Toyota has been accused of everything from environmental fraud to union busting, so it wouldn’t be inconceivable for Toyota to buy its way out of this public relations nightmare.
If Toyota ‘greased palms’ to put the kybosh on showing ISIS fighters in Toyotas, whose palms got greased?
The list of suspects is not that long: Every major news outlet; NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSN, and of course our friends at the U.S. government, whose relationship to the media is tighter than spandex on a fat woman.
It may be impossible to prove anyone in the government had their palms greased by Toyota, but – the investigation into the ISIS Toyota phenomenon is being conducted by the Terror Financing unit of the U.S. Treasury Department, and we have yet to see any results of this ‘investigation.’
Any inquiry about the progress of the investigation would likely yield this stock answer “The U.S. Treasury Department will not comment publicly about possible engagement with specific private companies.”
When did the investigation begin? We don’t know, but the images of ISIS driving around in Toyota trucks has been circulating for a couple of years now.
Another possibility is the media heads cutting deals directly with Toyota. But this far-fetched assumption would border on ‘tin-foil’ hat conspiracy levels, so it’s not likely. Too many players would have to be involved to keep this on the q.t.
The most probable answer is pressure brought on the media by the Obama Admin to suppress the images. Fewer people involved, easier to keep quiet.But why would they?
According to Toyota’s website, Toyota has donated $700 million to nonprofits in the U.S. That’s a lot of money to be dispersed, and for a favor or 2 involving the suppressing of certain videos, Toyota could see its way clear to respond positively to guidance on where some of this $700 million could be best invested.
Not to mention the additional benefit of avoiding more public scrutiny when the images of fleets of new Toyota trucks driven by ISIS fighters are constantly playing while the administration is telling the public “we have ISIS on the run.”
So while the Treasury department investigates, Toyota claims ignorance, the media stops showing images of ISIS caravans of new Toyotas, my question remains unanswered. Or does it?
This is an illustration of political manipulation of the media at work. And perhaps those in the best position of answering my question don’t want to.
Everyone is happy; the videos are suppressed, monies have been dutifully directed, and no one is the wiser. Or at least that’s what the players in this little scheme hope.
Personally, I would rather watch videos of ISIS Toyota convoys being bombed and strafed than airstrike video of buildings being blown up.