“Islam is a religion of peace.”
I’ve often scoffed at that notion, but now I think it’s just a misunderstanding. Islam is a religion of pieces — body pieces.
Over in Lebanon, the head of Hezbollah (which, I must restate, means “Party Of Allah”), the terrorist group that dominates much of Lebanon and regularly wages war against Israel, emerged from his bunker, saw his shadow, and promised another ten years of terrorism. Whoops, my bad.
No, he emerged to boast of his trophies from the last brief war with Israel. That fight, you might recall, was ended by international pressure. The UN intervened and arranged Israel to withdraw, then moved in to keep Hezbollah from re-fortifying the south and help the Lebanese government reassert control over its own territory.
That’s worked out just swimmingly. Hezbollah (“Party Of Allah”) boasts that its hold on southern Lebanon is stronger than ever, they have even more missiles and rockets, and are now working to tighten their grip on the Lebanese government.
And here comes their leader, Mole Man Hassan Nasrallah (he’s stayed out of sight because of entirely-reasonable fears of being killed by Israel). He’s popped up to brag about his latest trophies.
“Oh Zionists your army is lying to you … your army has left the body parts of your soldiers in our villages and fields… Our mujahideen used to fight these Zionists, killing them and collecting their body parts. I am not talking about regular body parts. I tell the Israelis, we have the heads of your soldiers, we have hands, we have legs… There is even a near-complete body, a half or three-quarters of a body, from head, to chest to the torso.”
OK, call that one deviant. One sick fuck of a terrorist who’s using Islam to rationalize his sadism and necrophilia.
One sick fuck who is the head of Lebanon’s most powerful political party and the de facto head of a state-within-a-state, and whose organization owes its survival and current status to the United Nations, which passed a Security Council resolution that ought to have crippled them — but willfully turns a blind eye as Hezbollah (“Party of Allah”) rebuilds and prepares for their next war.
That’s one deviant. Or, at least, one group of deviants. Does that really say much about Muslims in general?
This is the current Muslim observance of Ashura, the observance of the death of one of Mohammed’s grandsons. I didn’t know much about it, so I wandered over to Wikipedia for some details.
I was surprised (but I’m not sure why) to learn that Ashura is yet another Islamic plagiarism from Judaism. But they brought their traditional innovations — in this case, the tradition of beating themselves and each other with chains and flails and swords.
This put me in mind of the Easter tradition in the Philippines of various exceptionally devout Christians of having themselves crucified. The difference here is, this is one isolated element that is officially disapproved by both secular and religious authorities; the mutilations and carnage of Ashura occur in public all around the world — even in Queens, New York.
(Warning: these photos are not for the squeamish.)
You want more proof how widespread it is? Do a Google Image Search for “Ashura.” Here, I’ll save you the trouble: of the first 20 images that show up, one is a movie poster, one is of a hedgehog from a video game, and the remaining 18 show Muslims cheerfully bleeding all over the place — including two little boys with freely hemorrhaging scalps.