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A former Muslim Brotherhood terrorist claims a bizarre video released out of Egypt demonstrates the “demonic” spirit that has gripped the nation since its 2011 Islamic revolution.
The video shows a wedding celebration in which a group of men in a frenzy tear apart a live chicken by hand, then scrabble over its pieces to eat its raw flesh.
“The video is a glimpse into the dark and incomprehensible spirit that has possessed the souls of Egypt,” claims Walid Shoebat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization operative who has since renounced his terrorist ways. “Lawlessness has abounded, excesses have gone unrestricted and the full force of Islam has greatly dimmed the land with its dark clouds, thundering about and striking without discrimination.”
Shoebat told WND the video comes from a wedding in the Egyptian district of Algharbieh, which lies on the Nile River between Cairo and Alexandria.
Shoebat further reports much of Egypt has descended into chaos and mob rule, with lynchings, rape and “diabolical rituals unknown in our time.”
He points, for example, to a video from last year, in which two thieves were caught in a western province village and without due process were hung upside down while angry crowds mutilated their bodies, spilling pools of blood on the ground.
“The acts of public executions happen as a result of the lack of trust towards the police,” Shoebat asserts, “and since lawlessness abounds, the people decided to follow an Islamic code of Shariah called Hiraba, which is to take the law into their own hands.”
One Egyptian commented on YouTube, “What happened to the good old days when Hosni Mubarak was in charge in which no one dared to do such things? Because in his time there was law and order and an iron fist to whoever breaks it.”
“We have warned about this,” Shoebat said. “Egypt will begin to enforce the Islamic sanctioned Hiraba, the code on punishments being applied.”
To Shoebat, a former radicalized Muslim who turned from his life of jihad after converting to Christianity in 1994, the reports of anarchy in Egypt reflect a prophecy in the Bible’s book of Isaiah: “The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken [man] staggereth in his vomit” (Isaiah 19:14).