It’s just an expression! Eat your heart out. Not exactly to be taken seriously. Don’t tell this feller. Here’s the July 2013 BBC account of Abu Sakkar, self-styled and admitted cardiophagist. This story can’t get any better, at least in terms of the never-ending and interminable list of horrors, horrible people and horrible behavior. And when you first heard of this — which I trust you did — you might have thought what crazy conspiracy rag did this come from? The BBC. Again, the BBC. Oh, and remember, this is a Syrian rebel commander. The feller’s our Prez pledge renewed fealty to. This is a moderate rebel. This is the FSA. But don’t feel bad if you can’t keep the names straight. IS, ISIS, ISIL, al-Nusra Front, FSA, al Qaeda — theyre all the same.
It sounded like the most far-fetched propaganda claim – a Syrian rebel commander who cut out the heart of a fallen enemy soldier, and ate it before a cheering crowd of his men.
The story turned out to be true in its most important aspect – a ritual demonstration of cannibalism – though when I met the commander, Abu Sakkar, in Syria last week, he seemed hazy on the details.
“I really don’t remember,” he says, when I ask if it was the man’s heart, as reported at the time, or liver, or a piece of lung, as a doctor who saw the video said. He goes on: “I didn’t bite into it. I just held it for show.”
The video says otherwise. It is one of the most gruesome to emerge from Syria’s civil war. In it, Abu Sakkar stands over an enemy corpse, slicing into the flesh.
“It looks like you’re carving him a Valentine’s heart,” says one of his men, raucously. Abu Sakkar picks up a bloody handful of something and declares: “We will eat your hearts and your livers you soldiers of Bashar the dog.”
Then he brings his hand up to his mouth and his lips close around whatever he is holding. At the time the video was released, in May, we rang him and he confirmed to us that he had indeed taken a ritual bite (of a piece of lung, he said).
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