If reports coming out of Iraq are accurate, the depraved savagery of ISIS has reached yet another new low. According to Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations Mohamed Alhakim, ISIS is harvesting human organs to finance its war operations—and has executed a dozen doctors for failing to go along with the program.
Alhakim bases his claim on the discovery of dozens of bodies left in shallow mass graves near the city of Mosul, currently an ISIS stronghold. Surgical incisions, along with missing kidneys and other body parts lead to an inescapable conclusion. "We have bodies. Come and examine them. It is clear they are missing certain parts,” Alhakim revealed. He further described the carnage:
"When we discover mass graves, we look at the bodies. Some of those bodies are killed by bullets, some of them by knives. But when you find pieces of the back is [sic] missing and the kidneys is [sic] missing, you will wonder what it is."
The Ambassador aired his revelations on Tuesday, a day ahead of an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting convened in response to the decapitation of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. He accused the Islamist thugs of committing genocide against Muslims, Christians and other religious groups. "These terrorist groups have desecrated all human values” he declared. "They have committed the most heinous criminal terrorist acts against the Iraqi people whether Shi'ite, Sunni, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak or Yazidis. These are in fact crimes of genocide committed against humanity that must be held accountable before international justice," he told the U.N. Security Council.
Nikolay Mladenov, outgoing UN envoy to Iraq, also alerted the Council to the reality that in the last month alone, 790 people were killed by terrorism and armed conflict in his nation. "Almost daily terrorist attacks continue to deliberately target all Iraqis, most notably the Shi'ite community, as well as ethnic and religious minorities, across the country," he said. "Equally worrying is the increasing number of reports of revenge attacks committed particularly against members of the Sunni community in areas liberated from (ISIS) control.”
ISIS currently controls territory that includes the airports in Mosul in Iraq and Aleppo in Syria. This control gives it the ability to ship the illicit black market organs to traffickers and middlemen around the world.
Just as shocking, if not more so, is the reality that allegations of organ trafficking by ISIS are not news. According to Mladenov, such reports have circulated for months. Moreover, a Dec. 5 report by Middle East news organization Al-Monitor explains that ISIS relies on four sources of funding that include oil sales, taxes imposed on residents in ISIS-controlled territories, drug trafficking—and the sale of human organs. The organ trafficking was exposed by otolaryngologist Siruwan al-Mosuli who noticed “unusual movement” at medical facilities in Mosul. This included the hiring of Arab and foreign surgeons who were prohibited from mixing with local doctors. Nonetheless, information about organ selling began to be leaked, with Mosuli revealing the organs come from fallen fighters rushed to the hospital, injured people who have been abandoned, or victims of kidnapping.
Mosuli further noted that selling the harvested organs yields large profits, and that the effort is undertaken by a “specialized mafia” working in coordination with foreign medical institutions. He further contends that without such cooperation the trafficking could not be sustained.
It might also be unsustainable if Western leaders had orchestrated international outrage when the gruesome activity first came to light. Jewish Press columnist Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu levels a devastating accusation in that regard, insisting that the "Western world, not least of all the Obama administration, chose not to disseminate the information in hopes of postponing the inevitable – a declaration of war on the ISIS. Valuable time has been lost by imagining that the Islamic State is the problem of Iraq and Syria and not of the entire world,” he adds.
Perhaps nothing epitomizes that waste of time better than President Obama’s summit on “violent extremism,” epitomizing the semantical bankruptcy embraced by the president, who remains grimly determined to deny the link between ISIS and Islam. Incredibly, Obama insists that such linkage legitimizes ISIS’s contention that they are prosecuting a holy war against the West. “We must never accept the premise that they put forward, because it is a lie,” Obama declared. “Nor should we grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek. They are not religious leaders; they're terrorists. We are not at war with Islam.”
The president also chided Muslim community leaders for losing the propaganda war against ISIS because they are too “boring" to win it. “By the way, the older people here - as wise and respected as you may be - your stuff is often boring compared to what they're doing,” he said, addressing the conference’s Muslim attendees. "You're not connected. And as a consequence, you are not connecting. That's the truth. The high-quality videos, the online magazines, the use of social media, terrorists Twitter accounts - it's all designed to target today's young people online in cyberspace.”
Apparently it escapes our self-deluded Commander-in-Chief that the military impotency currently embraced by him and other Western leaders—which has allowed ISIS to flourish and expand—constitutes the most effective propaganda campaign one could ever hope for. It is further aided and abetted by Obama’s community organizer approach to terror, where the president emphasized the solution to ISIS’s reign of depravity can be combatted by a combination of improving political systems and boosting economies that will ostensibly make people less inclined to join the terrorist organization. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf was dispatched earlier this week to promote the equally preposterous notion that creating jobs is an effective tool for fighting terror—after which she dug a deeper hole for herself, chiding Americans for being unable to comprehend such a “nuanced” approach.
A RAND report commissioned by the Defense Secretary and published in 2009 puts the lie to those assessments. “Terrorists are not particularly impoverished, uneducated, or afflicted by mental disease,” it states. “Terrorist leaders actually tend to come from relatively privileged backgrounds.”
Harf defended herself, tweeting that President George W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and “countless others” had also linked terrorism and poverty, which is true. However Harf conveniently failed to mention the American left and their media enablers have routinely excoriated the previous administration’s “nation-building” agenda. That failure was buttressed by an equally egregious attempt by the Obama administration to further a strategy of “winning hearts and minds,” that bottomed out 2012. That’s when the military brass reversed a standing order that required our troops to remove their magazines from their weapons when quartered inside bases with their “trusted”—and armed—"Afghan partners.” Unfortunately, 100 American and NATO troops were killed in green-on-blue murders before that PC-inspired insanity was abandoned.
In other words, there is an ample track record showing the administration’s current stance is a fatally flawed amalgam of wishful thinking and denialism. Retired Adm. James “Ace” Lyons spoke of the “multiple failures" of successive Republican and Democratic administrations to confront Islamic terror, going all the way back to Carter and his failure to strike back at Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. But he leveled his harshest criticism at the current administration. “The Obama administration has a strategy,” he said at a conference hosted by the conservative Center for Security Policy. "It is very simple. Any thinking American should be able to grasp it. It’s anti-American, anti-Western, it’s pro-Islamic, pro-Iranian, and pro-Muslim Brotherhood.”
That last assertion goes a long way towards explaining why the Pentagon has refused to back Egyptian attacks against ISIS following the decapitation of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. Christians who were seeking jobs, Ms. Harf. While outgoing Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby characterized Egypt as an "important strategic partner in the region,” he refused to endorse those strikes. "We didn’t participate or support them in any way, and we’re not taking a position on it,” he told reporters.
Tensions between the two nations have remained high since the Muslim Brotherhood was deposed from power, a development that led to the suspension of weapons sales to the new government headed by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. This despite the reality that el-Sisi is one of a handful of Muslim leaders courageous enough to call for a "religious revolution,” and to ask religious leaders to help lead the fight against Islamist terror. Aside from the administration’s unseemly affinity for the Brotherhood, despite the reality that it spawned most of the major terrorist organizations that currently plague the world—including ISIS itself—it is likely Obama’s disdain for el-Sisi stems from the fact that the Muslim president has admitted that Islam is an integral part of the terror equation. Such honesty undoubtedly rankles our reality-challenged Commander-in-Chief. Moreover as our president’s long track record of narcissistic-driven pettiness suggests, maintaining an animus towards el-Sisi may be a preferable alternative to alliance with someone who doesn’t share Obama’s “superior” worldview.
As of now the U.N. will neither confirm nor deny Alhakim’s horrific allegations of ISIS organ harvesting. "At this point we're not in a position to corroborate what he says, but obviously any source of illegal financing of groups such as ISIS or other extremist groups is extremely worrisome," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told CNN. The State Department took a similar stance, noting it was aware of the "deeply disturbing comments,” but unable to confirm them. "We also have no reason to doubt them given other similar atrocities that have been documented and other heinous crimes for which ISIL (ISIS) has proudly taken credit,” the Department added.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, director of Organs Watch, a University of California, Berkeley-based documentation and research project, offers a disturbing perspective to the mix. "Dead bodies, once they are disarticulated, pulverized, processed, freeze-dried, etc., are so far removed from the 'human' person that they are simply commodities," she said. "The demand for fresh organs and tissues ... is insatiable.” She further acknowledged that fresh kidneys from "the brain dead or from those executed with the assistance of trained organ harvesters are the blood diamonds of illicit and criminal trafficking.”
And these are the kind of people the Obama administration believes can be brought to bear with a so-far flaccid military campaign, buttressed by Muslim “outreach” programs? Mind-boggling.
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