“Put yourself in my shoes”: BBC runs puff piece lauding Syrian jihadi cannibal



Yes, the video is graphic

This is how the mainstream media shapes opinion: the people they choose to present as reasonable, or whose crimes they choose to try to exculpate, are those whom they want you to support. The BBC would never, for example, run a piece this warm, positive, and anxious to be understanding about Pamela Geller or Geert Wilders or Tommy Robinson or me (and I haven’t carved out anyone’s heart and bitten it for at least several weeks now). The fact that they ran this shows that they support the Syrian jihadis, and want to justify Western intervention on their side.

“Face-to-face with Abu Sakkar, Syria’s ‘heart-eating cannibal,'” by Paul Wood for BBC News, July 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):

It sounded like the most far-fetched propaganda claim – a Syrian rebel commander who cut out the heart of a fallen enemy soldier, and ate it before a cheering crowd of his men.

The story turned out to be true in its important aspects, though when I met the commander, Abu Sakkar, in Syria last week, he seemed hazy on the details.

“I really don’t remember,” he says, when I ask if it was the man’s heart, as reported at the time, or liver, or a piece of lung, as a doctor who saw the video said. He goes on: “I didn’t bite into it. I just held it for show.”

The video says otherwise. It is one of the most gruesome to emerge from Syria’s civil war. In it, Abu Sakkar stands over an enemy corpse, slicing into the flesh.

“It looks like you’re carving him a Valentine’s heart,” says one of his men, raucously. Abu Sakkar picks up a bloody handful of something and declares: “We will eat your hearts and your livers you soldiers of Bashar the dog.”

Then he brings his hand up to his mouth and his lips close around whatever he is holding. At the time the video was released, in May, we rang him and he confirmed to us that he had indeed taken a ritual bite (of a piece of lung, he said).

Now, meeting him face-to-face, he seems a bit more circumspect, though his anger builds when I ask why he carried out this depraved act.

“I didn’t want to do this. I had to,” he tells me. “We have to terrify the enemy, humiliate them, just as they do to us. Now, they won’t dare be wherever Abu Sakkar is.”

“And prepare against them whatever you are able of power and of steeds of war by which you may terrify the enemy of Allah and your enemy and others besides them whom you do not know [but] whom Allah knows…” — Qur’an 8:60

He is 27, a stocky, tough-looking Bedouin from the Baba Amr district of Homs, with a wild stare and skin burned a dark brown by the sun. He tells me the story of his involvement in the revolution, leading to his current notoriety.

Before the uprising, he was working as a labourer in Baba Amr. He joined the demonstrations when they started in the spring of 2011. Then, he says, a woman and child were shot dead at a protest. His brother went to help. He, too, was shot and killed.

In a YouTube video from June 2011, Abu Sakkar can be seen at the front of a crowd waving olive branches to greet deserting army officers. He took up arms against the regime, one of the first to join a new organisation called the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

In February 2012, he was fighting with the Farouq Brigade, and they tried, and failed, to stop the regime taking Baba Amr. When the FSA fled Baba Amr, he started his own brigade, the Omar al-Farouq. They saw bitter fighting in Qusayr.

Along the way, he lost another brother, many relatives, and countless of his men. His parents were arrested and he says the police rang him so he could hear them being beaten.

Put yourself in my shoes,” he says. “They took your father and mother and insulted them. They slaughtered your brothers, they murdered your uncle and aunt. All this happened to me. They slaughtered my neighbours.”

He goes on to talk about the man whose flesh he held in his hands: “This guy had videos on his mobile. It showed him raping a mother and her two daughters. He stripped them while they begged him to stop in the name of God. Finally he slaughtered them with a knife… What would you have done?”

Well, perhaps not make a meal of my enemy, I think. At the time, Abu Sakkar’s men greeted what he did with cries of “God is Great”. Now the fighters looking after him while he recovers from an injury just seem a bit embarrassed.

Abu Sakkar says the dead soldier was an Alawite or Shiite militiaman. “He was insulting us. He was shouting, ‘Oh Ali, Oh Hussein, Oh Haydar [Shia slogans],'” he says.

“In the beginning, when we captured an Alawite fighter, we would feed him, make him feel comfortable. We used to tell him we were brothers. But then they started raping our women, slaughtering children with knives.”

A man in the room interrupts to say the Alawites are not proper Muslims. This war is becoming increasingly sectarian.

Abu Sakkar shows me scars from 14 different bullet wounds on his body. “We’re under siege, it’s been two years now,” he says. “Videos from the Shabiha [government militia] show many more terrible things than what I did. You weren’t too bothered. There wasn’t much of a media fanfare. You didn’t care. You suffer a fraction of what we suffered and you’ll do what I did and more.”

He continues: “Qusayr was destroyed, Baba Amr destroyed, Homs was entirely destroyed. No-one cares. See how the refugees are living? Would you accept your parents living the same way? The Syrian people refuse to be humiliated. We are defending the Islamic nation and this is how the Arabs and the West treat us? What did the West do? Nothing.”

Finally, he adds: “If we don’t get help, a no-fly zone, heavy weapons, we will do worse [than I did]. You’ve seen nothing yet.”

So Abu Sakkar has become the “cannibal rebel” – a handy symbol for all those who, like the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, oppose arming the Syrian rebels.

Standing next to an uncomfortable looking David Cameron, Mr Putin told a G8 summit news conference: “These are people who don’t just kill their enemies, they open up their bodies, and eat their intestines in front of the public and the cameras. Are these the people you want to”¦ supply with weapons?”

It is possible that Abu Sakkar was mentally disturbed all along. Or perhaps the war made him this way. War damages men – and Syria is no different. As the poet W H Auden wrote: “Those to whom evil is done, do evil in return.”

I asked the Free Syrian Army’s chief of staff, Gen Salim Idris, why Abu Sakkar hadn’t been arrested. His answer tells you a lot about the reality of how the war is being fought on the rebel side.

“We condemn what he did,” said the general. “But why do our friends in the West focus on this when thousands are dying? We are a revolution not a structured army. If we were, we would have expelled Abu Sakkar. But he commands his own battalion, which he raised with his own money. Is the West asking me now to fight Abu Sakkar and force him out of the revolution? I beg for some understanding here.”

Abu Sakkar seems unsure how to respond to his notoriety. He is, by turns, sheepish, nervous, angry and bitter. He definitely has the look of a man who has seen too many bad things. At the end of our interview he says he is an “angel of death” coming to cash in the souls of the enemy….

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  1. says

    Didn’t the crazy woman Hind who humg out around Mahound, cut out and eat Hamza’s liver after he was killed, because he had killed some relative?
    I know I read something like that…

  2. says

    The rape claims are lies and projection.

    On al Jizz we are constantly bombarded with claims that American soldiers rape Muslim women, which is 99.9% BS and projection.

    This cannibal is the prototype of the good Muslim soldier. They don’t need our forgiveness, they need to be put out of business.

    For the BBC tart to write such a sympathetic puff piece about this monster just shows how deranged libtards are.

  3. says

    “and I haven’t carved out anyone’s heart and bitten it for at least several weeks now”

    LMAO Robert.

    I admire your constraint!

  4. says

    I was listening to this in the car this morning, laughing to myself as he said “c’mon, it’s not as if I swallowed the bit of heart, I just cut it out and bit into it”. And you can almost hear the BBC journo nodding sagely.

    So that’s OK then.

    Classic stuff.

  5. says

    Cannibals are cannibals. The fsa is as brutal as syrian government aligned forces. Evidently, in this syrian civil war, the logic is brutality justifies further and more depraved brutality. This bbc report even suggests excuses (mentally distured … war damaged – arming psychologically unstable combatants and putting a them on the field?!?) for this barbaric act by an fsa aligned force. Bull***t broadcasting corporation.

  6. says

    Note the extreme double standards of BBC political motality here:

    – its political ‘understanding’ shown towards Muslim heart-eating cannibal, compared with its routine hostility towards English Defence League’s opposition to such barbarism.

  7. says

    The BBC journalist’s attitude has a long pedigree that goes back to the 16th century, when the French philosopher and politician Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) helped crystallize the notion of the “Noble Savage” — particularly in his appositely titled essay, “On Cannibalism”.

    Muslims have become, in our time, the #1 Noble Savage to be “understood” and even “respected” (even as current PC MCs pretend that Muslims are not savage, by a curiously contorted paradox, they defend them as such). The fact that this PC MC notion may be traced back to the 16th century indicates that this is not (merely) a “liberal” or “Leftist” phenomenon. The only difference is that back then, Montaigne’s view was in the small minority; today, it reflects the majority throughout the West and dominates the cultural airwaves in myriad ways.

    Montaigne: Godfather of PC MC?

  8. says

    Was the BBC team smoking a lot of pot and listening to The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil when they did this?

    The is one of those ultimate moments in the insanity of moral relativeness that hopelessly deluded Leftists wallow in. One for the books.

  9. says

    “Abu Sakkar seems unsure how to respond to his notoriety. He is, by turns, sheepish, nervous, angry and bitter. He definitely has the look of a man who has seen too many bad things.”

    **********

    Uh, nope.

    He has the look of a man who has DONE too many bad things – willfully and knowingly.

    He is an emotional cripple, a wild beast dwelling in the twilight between torment and madness.

    He is the example that Christians should illustrate and define, as they reach out to the other lost souls of his “battalion”. For in that “battalion” you will find no love of life, no joy, no peace of the soul – only rage and sorrow and emotional torment.

    What a fertile ground for the message of Jesus Christ.

  10. says

    With every dastardly terror attack by Islamic Jihadists, muslims, our compliant press and our spineless and compliant leaders, deny victimhood to the slaughtered victims of Jihad and instead bestow it on the ideology that caused the atrocity – Islam and the killers who carried it out, while it is used as an excuse by Muslims to find creative ways to blame non-Muslims for the atrocities of the killers.

  11. says

    BBC presumes that Islamic jihadist could not have undertaken this murderous act of cannibalism because of his strong commitment to the tenets of Islam.

    Instead, BBC searches for non-Islamic reasons why this Muslim carried out this cannibalistic murder.

  12. says

    Abu Sakkar is well known in The free Army sunnis rubbles

    Here he is in different Videos of him being him self a thug killer that he is and the Arabic writing depicts what he is ,, He calls the man he murdered, a filthy Dog and he take a bit of it without flinching what so ever … so it is a lie that he did not touched the heart or liver to his mouth … the video clearly shows it .

    The arabic comment, condemn this cannibalism act, saying Quran forbidden eating, dead meat of animals so what about humans dead meat

    http://youtu.be/KYXh9UuHqPM

  13. says

    Hi Raven

    What I was meaning is that, Muslim sunni comment was referring to the part of Quran in, at least three places, saying it is absolutely Forbidden [ Haram ] to eat meat of ALL animals if the animals already dead, only the hunted and killed halal way, omitting Pigs meat is permissible .

    Of course The meat of Pig is forbidden to eat, HUNTED OR DEAD AIKE … as far as dogs meat, Muslims do not eat the meat of dogs any way dead or hunted, because they are najas [ unclean ]

    But, in Quran even when it says, dead meat of all animals is haram and pigs mead is haram dead or hunted , all is still could be eaten WHEN IS NEEDED … where there is nothing to eat but the dead meat and even Pigs and dog meat, then it is permissible to cook and eat them when starvation is close … No threat of being barbecued in hell doing it.

    Here one of the Ayas that forbids dead meat :

    Surah Al-Baqara
    He hath only forbidden you dead meat, and blood and the flesh of swine, and that on which any other name hath been invoked besides that of Allah. But if one is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits―then is he guiltless. For Allah is Oft-Forgiving Most Merciful. (173)

  14. says

    This criminal surely won’t live long. But if he does, it will be a life sentence in jail.

    Jihadists! You’re all going to hell or jail.

  15. says

    The man is a murderer – self confessed, mutilator and cannibal and the BBC reports his point of view, “put yourself in my shoes”.

    Journalism like this is Yellow Journalism at its lowest form. It reports the condemnation of the man by his executioner and mutilator and thus acts as the jury and judge of the murdered man, who cannot defend himself.

    Can they not be prosecuted for flagrantly disrespecting the victim of this foul murder and mutilation?

  16. says

    I have complained to the BBC. Will let you know if I receive a reply.

    This is my complaint:

    The BBC reports the point of view of a self confessed murderer, mutilator and cannibal quoting him saying “put yourself in my shoes”.

    Journalism like this is Yellow Journalism at its lowest form. It reports the condemnation of a murdered and mutilated man by his executioner and mutilator and thus acts as the jury and judge of the murdered man, who cannot defend himself.

    No effort is made for any defence of the murdered man who is mutilated and eaten on video.

    In the absence of his defence the reader is to assume the murderer’s account as the truth, “Put yourself in my shoes. They took your father and mother and insulted them. They slaughtered your brothers, they murdered your uncle and aunt. All this happened to me. They slaughtered my neighbours.”

    How do we know any of this is true?

    The BBC thus flagrantly disrespects the victim of this foul murder and mutilation and lowers its journalistic standards to the lowest level possible.

    They should issue an apology.

  17. says

    This is the Muslim Shame Culture at work. You mutilate in order to shame.

    It is a psychopathology of the most schizophrenic type. And schizophrenia is the usual screw up of brain-wiring when men from macho cultures feel humiliated by the Other – whether it is another Muslim sect or Western culture or any kind of perceived slight on their sexuality or masculinity, which is so devastatingly fragile.

    They are beyond the pale and can only be killed.

    Read ‘Murder in Amsterdam’ by Ian Buruma.

  18. says

    The BBC may attempt to attribute this act of barbarism to one man, yet it is difficult to refute Egyptian school books that teach cannibalism as an acceptable way to deal with non-Muslims or Muslims that have stopped praying . I have submitted this evidence to Islamic scholars some time ago with no response.
    This book is endorsed by Al-Azhar University.

  19. says

    Hind bint al’ataba was an Arab Pagan strong welled, out spoken woman who rejected Islam for long time until she accepted in the end [ probably not out of believe more like recentness ]

    If you ask the Shiites, they make her out to be a loose women who slept around while she was married to abu sufyan and they say, that her son Mua’awiya the most celebrated hero of Muslims, was fathered by either ” Omar bin alwaleed ” or ” Musafir abu Umar or Abu sufyan .. and long before she became a muslimah, out of revenge and hate of Muhammad she carved Hamza ibn abd al Muttalib’s liver [ the uncle of Muhammad ] and eat from it in fallowing of their famous revenge tradition of Arab Pagans … cannibalism was a way of taking revenge .

    If you ask the Sunnies …you find her holy and they reject the idea that she ate Hamza’s liver and also reject the idea that she kept lovers … and they say, even if she did after all this, she became a Muslimah in the end and that will erase all evil she had done .

    This story has been so famous that it was made to several TV series one of them in Syria I watched long ago, staring ” Muna wasif ” the best actress in Syria .

  20. says

    “If you ask the Sunnies …you find her holy and they reject the idea that she ate Hamza’s liver and also reject the idea that she kept lovers … and they say, even if she did after all this, she became a Muslimah in the end and that will erase all evil she had done . ”

    What do Sunnis know about “holiness”? They are evil themselves. It’s far more likely that they are only interested in saving Hind’s reputation from being a hater of Mohammed — in Sunni eyes, that’s her only crime.

  21. says

    They do not know anything about holiness, even if hit them smack in the face .

    This man you see in the Video who ate and licked his fingers of Shiites blood in blind revenge , is nothing but a SUNNI … sunnis and other sects of Muslims have been known to do this .. it is ultimate revenge and to show the family of the victim is an added zeal .

    Being an ex Sunni Muslim women from the same city Aleppo and the same country,this inhumane crime happened, I made to be sick ..it is nothing but a reinforcement to my strong rooted apostasy from Islam .

    It just beyond words …

    this sickening video I tried to posted it on My Facebook account like others like it [ they are so many ] it got zapped AWAY.

    On the other hand, Facebook has no problem letting a page named :

    ” behead who disrespect the prophet Muhammad ” be there and allowed and was defended to let stay as it does not violate their policy .. sicking ?!

    after the avalanche of criticism , they took it off … finally

  22. says

    You could try, as an experiment, posting this BBC story on Facebook — an indirect way to do it (and just sneak the link in at the end or something)…

  23. says

    Notice the BBC tart looking splendid in his pressed Ralph Lauren “POLO” while mere feet away the rebels plot “strategy” or perhaps another beheading?

  24. says

    I didn’t see the video, because it is easy to imagine what is described a Muslim doing that – I saw a few others eating people’s hearts on the Youtube and always Muslims.

    I was perplexed by your statement : “The arabic comment, condemn this cannibalism act, saying Quran forbidden eating, dead meat of animals so what about humans dead meat”

    Eating dead meat of animals?

    Doesn’t Quran state non-Muslims are pigs/dogs etc? I imagine the Sunnies consider Shites animals.

    I am getting the idea BBC is truly an Islamic whore and a bitch, which ever comes first. I think they got sucked into accepting all kinds of evil hacks on their channel. It is difficult to imagine if there is anything British about BBC. I heard the British public funds the BBC programs – which is a total waste of public funds if all they get in return is bull crap by the mother load.

  25. says

    “it is absolutely Forbidden [ Haram ] to eat meat of ALL animals if the animals already dead, only the hunted and killed halal way, omitting Pigs meat is permissible .”

    Abu Sakkar’s human victim was slaughtered and butchered in the halal way — so it is okay for a Muslim to eat him.

  26. says

    I admire his humor! With all that Robert has had to deal with, he still has a sense of humor. I thank God for that; and may He bless and keep Robert safe and strong.

  27. says

    Right on, Davegreybeard! Unfortunately, once a person – any person – crosses such a line, they are in complete thrall to evil; and it would take a miracle to get them back. But then again, Jesus performed many miracles in his time here; and He has not stopped, of that I am sure!

    I guess that is why He wanted us to pray for such people. Remember what Jesus said: “Though your sins be as scarlet, I can make them white as snow.”

  28. says

    ” … refute Egyptian school books that teach cannibalism as an acceptable way to deal with non-Muslims or Muslims that have stopped praying .”

    ”This book is endorsed by Al-Azhar University”

    Really ? Can you provide a link ? Thanks.

  29. says

    I’d be interested in a link too, as I’ve been trying to gather evidence of Islamic cannibalism for years. I think it’s another sordid fact about Islam that has been largely under a rock that has yet to be overturned.

    What is it about Muslim societies where

    a) they can indulge in all manner of outrageously evil and grotesque depravities and atrocities

    yet

    b) inhabitants and visitors rarely see or report any of it?

    Occasionally, we get glimpses — as with our troops in Afghanistan, who have been forced by our insane COIN strategy to “sit down and have tea” with the locals day in and day out, forced to “respect” these ghoulish pedophiles/wife beaters/child abusers/animal torturers/et fucking cetera, and so their dismay and disgust has trickled out.

    But why must it only trickle out? Why is all this ugliness and affront to humanity still, in the 21st century, hidden behind a veil and under rocks? Well, we know a great part of the asnwer — it’s our PC MC disinclination to say anything bad aboutr a perceived Ethnic People (or wonderful Rainbow/”Tapestry”/”Mosaic” of Ethnic Peoples).