The Slaughter of Atwar Bahjat

Charles Johnson and the Mudville Gazzette covered this but having been out of town I just ran across both stories (the original is at Times Online). After having read it I really have my doubts as to whether Iraq and Iraqi's will ever truly be free. The behaviour of her killers seems so much the norm for Middle Eastern Muslims. Is life so cheaply regarded there that such horrors are seen as acceptable behaviour? This immediately reminds me of the Beslan Massacre, only men of the most evil and demented charachter can behave this way.

Does it take a truely ruthless overlord like Saddam to keep such people in line?

I don't know.

With that, I'll present the details of her horrific death.

Just as Bahjat bore witness to countless atrocities that she covered for her television station, Al-Arabiya, during Iraq’s descent into sectarian conflict, so the recording of her execution embodies the depths of the country’s depravity after three years of war.

A large man dressed in military fatigues, boots and cap approaches from behind and covers her mouth with his left hand. In his right hand, he clutches a large knife with a black handle and an 8in blade. He proceeds to cut her throat from the middle, slicing from side to side.

Her cries — “Ah, ah, ah” — can be heard above the “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) intoned by the holder of the mobile phone.

Even then, there is no quick release for Bahjat. Her executioner suddenly stands up, his job only half done. A second man in a dark T-shirt and camouflage trousers places his right khaki boot on her abdomen and pushes down hard eight times, forcing a rush of blood from her wounds as she moves her head from right to left.

Only now does the executioner return to finish the task. He hacks off her head and drops it to the ground, then picks it up again and perches it on her bare chest so that it faces the film-maker in a grotesque parody of one of her pieces to camera.

The voice of one of the Arab world’s most highly regarded and outspoken journalists has been silenced. She was 30.

"Allahu akbar" indeed.

Update: So it seems this particular video is a Nepalese truck driver. I still believe the Jihadi that released this film intended everyone to think it was Atwar Bahjat. I have seen them edit certain footage to make it appear one of thier attacks was successfull when it was not so this sort of thing doesnt surprise me.

Either way, both victims are still very much dead.


One Response to “The Slaughter of Atwar Bahjat”

  1. Quite so. Deception is something they love to engage in.

    In any case, no matter who was killed, the method was despicable. Revolting. But not unexpected, which says a lot.

    And people curse the US for “mishandling” people. Bah. We’re too soft, that’s the problem. We need to strike fear in their hearts.

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