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The blue pill?

By Junaid Cheema - posted Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Abu Sakkar the powerful commander in the Syrian Islamic Liberation Front (SILF) pulled out his army knife, hacked open the corpse of a Syrian soldier lying beneath his feet. He reached down, snatching out his vital organs and cannibalizing them in front of camera declared:

I swear to God, soldiers of Bashar, you dogs –we will eat your heart and livers! Takbir! God is Great! Oh my heroes of Baba Amr, you slaughter the Alawites and take their hearts out to eat them!

Now before we salivate like Pavlov's dogs, frothing from the mouth at the ring of bell. Before we let 'classic conditioning'hijack rationality yet once again. Let us ask a few questions. Let us ask just a few questions before launching another movie in the spirit of Fitna, or heed half truths ingeniously implanted by the disingenuous. Before we put ads around metropolitan subways asking for the annihilation of the savage in the name of freedom, savagely annihilating only the innocent searching…for freedom. Let us ask a few questions before swallowing that blue pill of compliancy and remaining in the matrix yet once again. So tell me do you care to listen - Neo?


Does Sakkar's cannibalism prompt the apologetic 'but most Muslim's are peaceful…", or the aggravated "Religion in general and Islam in particular is a threat to the world!", if so then maybe the blue pill is already too deep within your digestive tract and you need no welcome to 'classic conditioning'for you are already conditioned.

Yes others would already know that Sakkar's cannibalism is reminiscent of the Meccan Jahiliyya barbarism against the very first Muslims. In which the Islamic ordination of unequivocally prohibiting any desecration or mutilation of the human body under any circumstance without exception 1400 years before the Geneva Convention was established, but know…this is not the point.

No the question isn't apologetic nor is it aggravated. The question is why after Sakkar's cannibalism and gross human rights violation under the ICRC and Geneva Convention did the US along with its traditional friend's not revise their support for the Syrian rebels but rather increase it. Why…because human rights has nothing to do with it.

Sakkar's behavior is not an isolated incident and Syria is not the first time we have seen the SLIF in action. So who are these 'good guys'that we seem to be supporting against the evil Bashar? The SLIF is an umbrella body of over twenty different puritanical militant groups fighting for a common ideology, one to bring forward a so called pure version of Islam - sound familiar? Well it should because you have heard much about these guys over the past few decades.

Yes these were the insurgents of Iraq (bad guys), yes these were the terrorists in Afghanistan (bad guys) and yes these were the freedom fighters against Russia (good guys) if…we chose to remember long enough. So before launching an academic red hearing to distill microscopic differences and divert from the point; know that for those of us who have kept at least one eye open, know this pattern. So please not this time.

And yes before signing up to yet another war and then being aggravated at the boats that arrive at our shores, or apologetically signing for another conference around "Islam is a religion of peace"let us ask the deeper question. But first tell me…are still you listening Neo?


Come through the rabbit hole and re-acquaint with familiar Samuel P Huntington, who's self fulfilling prophesy of the 'Clash of Civilizations'seems to be materializing around us everywhere. Though his intellectual superior Edward Said's debunked this myth, our record for heeding the words of the wise isn't terribly great. For there is very little war-money to be made in Said's outlook and plenty to be made in Huntington's; so yes! In our world prophets of profit always win over prophets of truth.

Huntington's popularity soared after 911, being regarded as a Nostradamus like figure, policy makers flocked to his door steps. Huntington proposed on record that differences amongst the Confucian and. Islamic civilizations must be strategically exploited. So a scenario where China (Confucian) supports a Syrian (Islamic) regime (Bashar Al-Assad) spells a scenario which is very bad news for the prophets of profit so regime change is a must.

Another slide down the rabbit hole will tell you that exploiting sectarian differences amongst Muslims is another critical pillar of Huntington's strategy. So is it surprising that an intolerant heresy in the name of Islam is to be strongly supported from a distance by the prophets of profit, no matter how abhorrent it may be to human sensibilities. Thus this wheel of fortune turns ensuring heretical militants in their various incarnations continue to slaughter the Shia, Alawi, Sufi, or any other Muslim or non-Muslim in the name of Islam who disagrees with their interpretation. All this happens as weapons and drug money are pumped directly into the belly of the beast, whilst the beast is patted on the head until it bites back and yes occasionally it does! So tell me…do you smell sarin gas?

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Junaid Cheema is an IT Executive, writer and community worker. He has written a number of articles for political journals introducing new paradigms provoking thought and passion. Junaid also volunteers his time on the board of a Victorian based not for profit, promoting foster care for disadvantaged children.

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