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11.6.05

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I am not at all sure if I should even be writing this post.

It is, in fact, less of a post and more of a vomit. Spilling my guts to no one in particular just might make me feel a little better, I’m hoping. But I’m not too sure of that either. If you don’t bother reading any further, I'd be happy for you.

I am appalled. I am shocked. I am disgusted. And entirely unable to either forget or stomach what I saw last night. Last night I saw a video that made me feel sick to the core of my being, and utterly ashamed of belonging to the same species as those men (men!!!) in the video.

The video, published over the net by a group called Voice of Jehad, supposedly an affiliate of Al-Qaeda, is meant to be a warning for the US of A. It is not the only video of its kind either, just one of many. It shows a group of masked Iraqi terrorists butchering a U.S. citizen, a civilian. After playing an Arabic song (seemingly about Jehad) and showing some Arabic text, these monsters coolly read out their demands. Then they go on to slice the head off the hapless American , not in one go, but over a minute or so, as his guttural screams slowly die off. Butchered like a helpless animal for no fault of his.

It seems that there’s no limit to what horrors we humans are capable of.

The overwhelming feeling of disgust and anger hasn’t subsided yet. I doubt it will for a long while, if at all.

O God. O-whoever-is-watching-over-us-and-has-the-power-to-make-things-right. If you are a righteous and wrathful God, now would be a good time to inflict justice. Either make us better than who or what we are. Or purge this planet by finishing off our species.

A prayer for those who have fallen prey to the demons within and amidst us. Another for the kith and kin of the victims who may have witnessed their gruesome demise.

12 comments:

B.C. said...

Why be pained over human slaughter?
Think of what goes in the head of the rooster in the cage whose turn it is next.
Butter chicken sure is yummy dude.
I am sorry but Butter human would be even more.

Manish Bhatt said...

I have decided not to have non-veg ever again. After yesternight.

B.C. said...

Hmmm! Though i had no intentions of promoting vegetarianism here. It's surely the healthy way of living though.

LiVEwiRe said...

What you describe is not the act of a 'man'. And 'animal' doesn't work because none that I know of are that intentionally cruel. It sickens me to think that there are people like that. I'm sorry you, or anyone, had to witness that. Although it is a gruesome reminder of what 'we' are capable of.

On another note...I was a vegetarian for 8 years; slight relapse now but reeling it back in. Depending on your point of view, the differences between humans and animals are not always so great.

B.C. said...

I searched & watched the GORY video as well. His helpless, feeble screams & brutal Jihad’s loud cries of Allah-hu-Akbar haven’t left my wit since then. I felt so weak in the legs all night. I couldn’t go back to my room. I was so afraid of going back as it reminded me all the more. I could neither close my eyes, nor open them. I required immediate distraction so I kept rubbing my color pencils over paper all night.

I still want distractions. I want to do something peaceful. I feel like playing with infants or looking at flowers for a long time or listen to Van Morrison to refill the tranquility for it’s now poisoned just by watching the video.

What can we say or do after witnessing something so inhumane, so pitiless, that it helplessly shivers and pains the soul so much? I desire a meteor hit to wipe out earth reminiscent of H2G2.

Manish Bhatt said...

Dear Bhavv, there's a reason why I hadn't given a link. I'm sorry.

Rat said...

My first time here. Nice blog, Awesome post and the baby is adorable.

Manish Bhatt said...

Welcome Rat! Your blog is totally awesome too. Keep coming back.

Aisha said...

oh yikes.
anyway, whoz this friend of my brother's u talkin about??? im curious now....

Manish Bhatt said...

Oh its a long chain that I'd have to trace again, but I have no stalker tendencies. You're still reasonably anonymous. Nothing to worry there Aisha.

Cocaine Jesus said...

i've been a veggie for over thirty years but i have no problem at all with meat eaters and i am more than capable of killing a mad dog or a mad human if they attempt to hurt me or mine. however, to saw some things head off, be it man or beast is no attack of bravery it is the act of a disturbed mind and if there was a god/allah/jaweh then i wouldn't want to be the people who committed the barbaric act.

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