Monday, May 18, 2009

Cruelty: the culture of the Middle East?

A video, run by ABC News, shows the cruelty of Issa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a younger brother of Abu Dhabi's current ruler and president of the seven-member United Arab Emirates federation, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. ABC News summarized the video:

"The Sheikh begins by stuffing sand down the man's mouth, as the police officers restrain the victim. Then he fires bullets from an automatic rifle around him as the man howls incomprehensibly. At another point on the tape, the Sheikh can be seen telling the cameraman to come closer. 'Get closer. Get closer. Get closer. Let his suffering show,' the Sheikh says.

"Over the course of the tape, Sheikh Issa acts in an increasingly sadistic manner. He uses an electric cattle prod against the man's testicles and inserts it in his anus. At another point, as the man wails in pain, the Sheikh pours lighter fluid on the man's testicles and sets them aflame. Then the tape shows the Sheikh sorting through some wooden planks. 'I remember there was one that had a nail in it,' he says on the tape. The Sheikh then pulls down the pants of the victim and repeatedly strikes him with board and its protruding nail."

You can read more about it here.

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