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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

“We Will Slaughter All of Them.” The Rebel Behind The Syrian Atrocity Video (and the video)

There's really not much to choose from between the Assad regime and many of the rebels trying to topple him. This video was posted to YouTube two days ago (and has very few hits). Subsequently. Time interviewed the Syrian commander who is seen in the video eating a human lung!

Let's go to the videotape. WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC

Time Magazine has interview Khalid al-Hamad, the Syrian rebel commander in the video. Here's some of what he had to say (Hat Tip: David H).
In an interview conducted via Skype in the early hours of May 14 al Hamad explained to TIME what caused him to cut out the soldier’s organs: “We opened his cell phone and I found a clip of a woman and her two daughters fully naked and he was humiliating them, and sticking a stick here and there.”
The video, a 27-second clip in which al Hamad brandishes organs that appear to be the lungs and hearts of the Syrian soldier who lies dead at al Hamad’s feet, was first seen by two TIME reporters in April. A few weeks later TIME obtained a copy. Though we had been told by witnesses to the filming that the video was legitimate, we set about authenticating its content, aware of the potential that it could have been faked for propaganda purposes. Al Hamad has now confirmed that the video is real, and that he did indeed take a bite of the soldier’s lung. (At the time of the filming, al Hamad believed that he was biting into the liver. A surgeon who has seen the video confirms that the organ in question was a lung, which somewhat resembles the liver). On May 12, a copy of the video appeared on a pro-regime website, sparking a flood of Facebook “shares” and YouTube views.

Al Hamad, who is Sunni and harbors a sectarian hatred for Alawite Muslims, said he has another gruesome video of his killing a government soldier from the Alawite faith. (Syrian President Bashar al Assad is Alawite; the conflict in Syria is increasingly sectarian.) “Hopefully we will slaughter all of them [Alawites]. I have another video clip that I will send to them. In the clip I am sawing another Shabiha [pro-government militiaman] with a saw. The saw we use to cut trees. I sawed him in small pieces and large ones.” Al Hamad also explained that even though both sides of the conflict in Syria are using video clips of their own brutal actions to intimidate the other he believes that his clip would have particular impact on the regime’s troops. “They film as well but after what I did hopefully they will never step into the area where Abu Sakkar is,” he said, using his nom de guerre and referring to the part of Syria he currently controls.
Human Rights Watch, which validated the video, released a report on May 13 identifying Khalid al Hamad as a well known commander responsible for the recent cross-border shelling of a Shiite Lebanese village that killed two. The organization called on the United Nations Security Council to refer the Syria situation to the International Criminal Court to ensure accountability for all war crimes and crimes against humanity. “It is not enough for Syria’s opposition to condemn such behavior or blame it on violence by the government,” said Nadim Houry, HRW’s Deputy Middle East Director. “The opposition forces need to act firmly to stop such abuses.” Al Hamad lashed out at HRW and the UN for focusing on opposition abuses when the regime is responsible for similar atrocities. During the interview, he sent links to YouTube videos purporting to show regime abuses. “Why doesn’t the UN make an appeal for the Shabiha not to do that? The Shabiha themselves posted a million clips of them stabbing and raping.”
Read the whole thing.

What's going on in Syria is going to continue to be a full-fledged civil war regardless of who ultimately wins. And then, if God forbid any of the armies are left standing, they will try to come for the Jews. With US training.

If this is how they treat Muslims from other sects, how do you think they will treat Jews if they are ever, God forbid, given the opportunity? Remember the Ramallah lynch? Do you think the Muslims wouldn't do it again?

Tonight and tomorrow are the Jewish holiday of Shavuoth. Chag Sameyach (Happy Holiday) to everyone. Because I live in Israel and am currently in Israel, I will be back when the holiday ends on Wednesday night.

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