This above-embedded video is extremely unsettling and should not be watched by the young. I'll probably come to regret including it in this blog. (In the past, I've regretted the inclusion of other violent imagery.)
One of the victims is a Catholic priest named Francois Murad
, who was beheaded by anti-Assad forces in Syria
on June 23. I do not yet know who the second victim is.
According to local sources, the monastery where Fr. Murad was staying was attacked by militants linked to the jihadi group Jabhat al-Nusra.
Father François, 49, had taken the first steps in the religious life with the Franciscan Friars of the Custody of the Holy Land, and with them he continued to share close bonds of spiritual friendship. After being ordained a priest he had started the construction of a coenobitic monastery dedicated to St. Simon Stylites in the village of Gassanieh.After the start of the Civil War, the monastery of St. Simon had been bombed and Fr. Murad had moved to the convent of the Custody for safety reasons and to give support to the remaining few, along with another religious and nuns of the Rosary.
Unfortunately, many of those commenting on this video see the matter purely in terms of anti-Islamic prejudice. (You can just imagine what Pam Geller is doing with this video.) These dolts do not understand -- and apparently never
will understand -- that al-Nusra has had the full support of the Obama administration and of Israel
. I've written about this situation in previous posts: Here
Keep that fact in mind as you watch al-Nusra in action in the video above. The United States is trying very hard to maintain the fiction that they are really giving support only to non-Nusra "moderates," but those moderates are a fig leaf. The al-Nusra Front is the only group with the necessary muscle and fervor.
I'm sure that many of my readers will applaud the video above, and may even masturbate while watching it, since Murad belonged to The One Religion That Everyone Everywhere Must Hate Hate Hate.