Wednesday, May 18, 2011
My friend, who is PC about a lot of issues but seems fairly receptive to my frequent admonitions about the problem of Islam, has remarked on the curious near-absence of mentions these days about Syria. It seems that, when the MSM (or even the anti-Islamic wing of the Blogosphere) talks about the "Arab Spring", they tend to fixate on Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, but have avoided Syria.
It might be helpful in this regard, then, to ask ourselves: Do we really think the Syrian government has changed its evil ways from what was documented throughout the 1980s by Amnesty International among others?
And, of course, this centrally concerns Islam -- Syrian Muslims along with Islam-diseased dhimmis who may be involved in Syrian sociopolitical culture; and, of course, when we impugn its government, we are not absolving those Syrian Muslims who are trying to rebel against it -- since, the reasonable rule of thumb is that, in any Muslim polity, both the dictatorial oppressors and those resisting them are mostly (if not all) diseased by the broader, deeper dysfunction of Islam: I.e., any Islamic revolution in Syria will not bring any "democracy" any better than the status quo, but most likely worse -- and more dangerous for us.
I.e., whatever is going on in Syria, we should keep in mind Islam, and the dictum of Nostrodamus:
The more it changes, the more it stays the same.
With these caveats in mind, I invite the reader to be reasonably horrified (albeit reasonably unsurprised) by the following grimly ghoulish report:
"In its 1983 report on human rights conditions in Syria, AI [Amnesty International] delineated 23 different types of torture. Now  the list has been expanded to 38. The most common torture consists of beatings on all parts of the body "with fists, feet, leather belts, sticks, whips, hammers, braided steel cables or cables inside plastic hoses with the ends frayed". Also common is extinguishing cigarettes on the body, often on sensitive parts. Other methods include extracting finger and toe nails; plucking hair or skin with pincers or pliers; sexual abuse or assault; forcing objects into the rectum; complete isolation in a dark cell; setting hands and limbs afire; slashing a victim's face--lips, ears, nose--with razor blades; and mock executions with a specially-rigged guillotine.
"Torturers often invent euphemisms to describe their grisly methods. Bisat al-Rih (the Flying Carpet) has an innocent, even enchanting ring, but it is frightful: "strapping the victim to a piece of wood shaped like a human body and either beating him or her or applying electric shocks all over the body." Al-Kursi al-Almani (the German Chair) has moving parts to which the victim's hands and feet are strapped. As the chair is moved backwards, it exerts severe pressure on the victim's spine, neck and limbs, resulting in near asphyxiation, loss of consciousness, and occasionally fracturing the vertebrae. A variation, known as al-Kursi al-Suri (the Syrian Chair), is equipped with metal blades that pierce the victim's ankles as the chair is bent backwards.
"The infamous al-'Abd al-Aswad (the Black Slave) [sounds a tad racist, no?] contraption drives a heated metal skewer into the rectum of the victim strapped to it. "
Source: "Human Rights Briefing", by Nabeel Abraham, Middle East Report, No. 160, "Turkey in the Age of Glasnost" (Sep. - Oct., 1989), pp. 37-38. [This is a source that requires an academic access code to scholarly journals.]