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July 11, 2007

The pure evil that is Al-Qaeda; Media turns its head

This piece was lifted from Mike Lief's blog who brought attention to an article by Victor Davis Hanson. Nary will you ever hear about this on any main stream media outlet. I am so speechless and distraught that I cannot even comment on the substance of the article right now.

For all of the delusional people who think we can sit down and negotiate with these Islamic extremists, please punch yourself in the face.

Greek mythology often encapsulated an entire culture's worst fears and depravities-and over centuries of story-telling became ever more complex and layered and bizarre.

But what is strange about reading Michael Yon's graphic descriptions from Iraq is that al Qaeda (or its kindred) seems almost in a single generation to be outdoing a millennium of savagery present in Greek history and myth. You have to go to Thucydides's Mycalessus to find a parallel of wiping out even the animals of a small village.

On Friday, Yon reported that al Qaeda served up a son for dinner to his own family— a barbarism reminiscent of Atreus (hence the "curse" on the House of Atreus) cooking (sans feet and hands) and then serving his twin brother's sons to their unsuspecting father Thyestes. So Yon reports a revolting modern-day Thysestean feast:

The official reported that on a couple of occasions in Baqubah, al Qaeda invited to lunch families they wanted to convert to their way of thinking. In each instance, the family had a boy, he said, who was about 11-years-old.

As LT David Wallach interpreted the man's words, I saw Wallach go blank and silent. He stopped interpreting for a moment.

I asked Wallach, "What did he say?" Wallach said that at these luncheons, the families were sat down to eat. And then their boy was brought in with his mouth stuffed. The boy had been baked. Al Qaeda served the boy to his family.

What is striking about all this savagery—whether with the filmed beheadings of Westerners in Iraq to the recent flaming Johnny Storm human torch at Glasgow, screaming epithets as he sought to engulf bystanders and ignite his canisters — is the absolute silence of the West, either distracted by Paris and i-Phones or suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome and obsessed with Guantanamo.

It is hard to recall an enemy so savage and yet one so largely ignored by rich affluent and distracted elites as the radical jihadists, as we have to evoke everything from mythology to comic books to find analogies to their extra-human viciousness.

For a self-congratulatory culture issuing moral lectures on everything from global warming to the dangers of smoking, the silence of the West toward the primordial horror from Gaza to Anbar is, well, horrific in its own way as well...


  1. As this situation drags on, my Episcopalian cool continues to melt and sour like so much ice-cream on Manhattan asphalt in the midst of this globally-warmed summer. I have reverted to my initial knee-jerk reaction of 11 September 2001: Remove all U.S. interests from the entire area (including and especially Saudi Arabia), and nuke it. These people are fundamentally deranged and will never behave like decent humans, and we can no longer afford to simply leave them to kill each other off. I regret my essentially genocidal point of view, but it's where I've landed after a long ideological journey.

  2. This was especially hard for me to write about because I have a 10 year old son and couldn't imagine my state of total disconnect I would feel as I entered into a frenzied rampage.

    I don't know why this kind of barbaric behavior is glossed over by the MSM, ever determined to present Islam as a religion of peace. Al-Qaeda is laughing all the way to Hell as they can always rely on the US media to do their sloganeering and brain washing for them.

    I am torn between DJ's Glory Cloud for Freedom scenario and the tolerant view that common sense would dictate- that not all of the Muslim/Islamics want to cut our heads off or torture our children, that we should give the good ones the benefit of the doubt and not let a few (million) bad apples spoil the bushel.

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure. - Ripley

  3. I feel utterly betrayed and deeply disappointed by the MSM's partisan coverage - they are willfully blind.
    I grew up and went to school overseas with kids who were Muslim and secular and who would never have anything to do with such an insane bunch of evil and inhuman monsters. According to Yon though, these acts have totally backfired on Al Quaeda and are leading to success in the Surge - which is a lot more to hope for.


  5. PS, re: your post: I think the mainstream media hardly needs bother with telling us how horrific Al Qaeda can be; it's not that the 70+% of us who oppose this moronic war don't understand that. What we want to hear is a rational, effective plan for doing something about it.