It is very common for many people on the mainstream western left to equate the savagery of some in the Middle East to that of either the United States or Israel (or both).
I would submit that those who do so are entirely misguided, deeply ideological, and indulging in a false moral equivalency. Both the United States and Israel have done things that few of us would be very proud of. But, as a matter of culture, we simply do not behave like the savage above.
There is an element within the Muslim Middle East that is purely savage, as we see in this video.
As the Elder of Ziyon writes:
A video of a Syrian rebel commander cutting the heart out of a soldier and biting into is emblematic of a civil war that has rapidly descended into sectarian hatred and revenge killings, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.
The New York-based group said an amateur video posted on the Internet on Sunday shows Abu Sakkar, a founder of the rebel Farouq Brigade who is well known to journalists as an insurgent from Homs, cutting into the torso of a dead soldier.We cannot support Assad and we cannot support the rebels because the rebels have a large Islamist contingent and people like the vicious moron in the video.
We should, it seems to me, do two things.
The first is that we must stay out of Syria. There are no good options there and the United States should not be in the business of supporting hate-filled, anti-American Islamists. Barack Obama clearly disagrees as he has given political Islam considerable support during his tenure. This would be something akin to an American president actually supporting the Nazis. I consider it treasonous, but I also respect the Arab world enough to take the so-called "Arab Spring," i.e., the rise of political Islam, seriously.
The second thing that we need to do is simply acknowledge the significance of that political movement and the fact that it is homophobic, misogynistic, genocidally anti-Semitic, and an enemy of the United States and the west.
I still find myself rather dumbfounded that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton supported the Muslim Brotherhood in their bid for domination within Egypt. It's just unconscionable, yet they did it and their supporters simply turned a blind eye or justified it on the laughable grounds of "democracy." The very last thing in this world that the Muslim Brotherhood is is democratic, as the Copts can tell you.
For those who think that my harsh criticisms of this administration are based on partisanship, what I would suggest is that they are undermining their own alleged values out of a misguided sense of political loyalty and a craven fear of the social repercussions for dissent. As a political apostate I can tell you that how we see our political world is usually deeply influenced by the semi-unconscious desire to fit in with the group.
But, sadly, the emperor has no clothes and we need to be willing to say so.
Social repercussions be damned.