April 20, 2011 | National Review Online

Allahu Akbar! It’s Our Friends ‘the Rebels’

A beheading, a few summary executions, a lynching, torturous interrogations, gross violations of the Geneva Conventions — directed at black African captives, with many performed before crowds yelling, “Allahu Akbar!” Those are some of the escapades of the Libyan mujahideen — those lovable “rebels” struggling for democracy in the Arab Spring. John Rosenthal continues his reporting at Pajamas, with the warning that some of the video accompanying his latest article is sickening. A sampling of his story:

What is probably the most harrowing of the clips depicts a public beheading. A man with a long knife can be seen alternately sawing and hacking at the neck of a man who has been suspended upside-down. The victim’s inert body is soaked in blood. The beheading takes place in front of a burnt-out building in what appears to be a public square. The Dutch public broadcaster NOS has identified the location as the main square of the rebel capital of Benghazi.

A crowd numbering at least in the hundreds cheers on the assailants. At one point, a man begins chanting “Libya Hurra!”: “Free Libya!” According to the NOS translation, someone can be heard saying, “He looks like an African.” As the principal assailant begins to saw at the victim’s neck, members of the crowd yell “Allahu Akbar!” Dozens of members of the crowd can be seen filming the proceedings with digital cameras or cell phones.

There’s much more where that came from. John concludes by pointing out that, while it may seem odd that the “rebels” would tape record their own atrocities, that is what is typically done by . . . jihadists — who use the ghoulish recordings for intimidation and other purposes.

The full article is available here.

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