You have to wonder to what levels of depravity Syrian rebels have to descend to in order to fall out of favour with western leaders, and the CIA and other intelligence agencies which have been supplying them large quantities of weapons.
Sectarian insurgents have used the equipment kindly supplied by friendly governments to video themselves murdering prisoners and unarmed civilians, using child soldiers, using a child to behead a prisoner, using massive car bombs in civilian areas, using prisoners as unwitting suicide bombers, declaring their support for Al Qaeda, beheading children, brainwashing children to sing songs in praise of Bin Laden, promising to commit genocide, using chemical weapons (according to a UN spokesperson), and now – cutting out and eating the heart of a dead soldier.
Embedded below is the infamous video, apparently of Khalid al-Hamad aka ‘Abu Sakkar’ of the independent Omar al-Farouq Brigade, cutting out the organs of a slain Syrian Army soldier.
Viewer discretion advised – although the image has been blurred.
It is, of course, a war crime to desecrate a corpse.
The rebel says “I swear to God, soldiers of Bashar, you dogs — we will eat your heart and livers! Takbir! God is Great! Oh my heroes of Baba Amr, you slaughter the Alawites and take their hearts out to eat them!”
The action is clearly motivated by sectarian hatred against the Alawites, which is an aggravating factor.
Just two days ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking to reporters at the White House, said “We will double non-lethal support to the Syrian opposition in the coming year. Armoured vehicles, body armour and power generators are about to be shipped.”
It is interesting this particular video has gone viral, whereas worse ones, including one of rebels beheading a child, have not. Possibly, the recent attack by the US National Security State on Associated Press has hit a few raw nerves – and corporate media is giving the White House a little reminder of their power to influence perceptions. Or perhaps, Russia and the USA have finally come to an understanding to bring the Syrian bloodshed to an end.
In any case, the hope is that this video of Abu Sakkar, in all its depravity, will open the eyes of the citizens of the west to the incredible harm that is being done to the people of Syria by western leaders in illegally arming, financing and giving political support to a violent, sectarian, extremist insurgency in that country.