British ISIS Fighter Complains About Group’s Rude Behavior
A British man who traveled to Syria to join the terrorist group ISIS has written a blog about the rude behavior of his brothers in arms.
Omar Hussain, a former security guard at a British supermarket, penned a list of grievances against his comrades, including childish behavior, a lack of respect for personal space, stealing of shoes, and a serious lack of table manners, which has since been posted to Tumblr.
“Arabs as a whole have a unique culture, which differs dramatically from the western lifestyle,” Hussain writes.” If one is unaware of these cultural differences, then it could be quite peculiar, annoying, and at times somewhat stressful to interact and associate with them.”
He then goes on to complain about fellow Islamic militants using his laptop without permission, joking around and horse playing at inappropriate times, taking anyone’s shoes that are left lying around, and cutting in line when waiting for meals to be served.
According to Hussain, his ISIS brothers also hate being disciplined by religious authorities, pout when asked to do clerical work, and often refuse to get out of bed for guard duty or prayers.
But perhaps the most hilarious complaint is that his new friends are so immature that they haven't outgrown the "staring game".
"Syrians love to stare at foreigners,' he writes. "[M]aybe because no tourist has ever visited Syria. Being stared at by children is no problem nor is it actually seen as something rude as children do not know better, and their curiosity leads them to do so.
"However," he continues, "the ironic thing is when it is done by grown men, especially when they do not stop staring at you. It can be quite uncomfortable to have a fully grown man stand a few meters away from you staring at you, and even when you look at him and give him a smile, he still stares at you without looking away. It can be like a staring competition at times."
Boy, life sure is tough for a terrorist. Still, we just can’t find it in our hearts to feel sorry for Mr. Hussain, especially when he compares their manners to those of the Western civilization he so vehemently opposes.
"In the west, if you are staring at someone (for whatever valid reason you may have) it is courteous to smile before lowering your gaze, or at least to look away if the person looks at you," Hussain writes. "However, here in Shām, the Syrians keep on staring at you, even after you look at them. Sometimes it becomes quite awkward, especially if you notice someone staring at you for a few minutes even after you look back at him and smile or ask him how he is."
Poor Mr. Hussain. All he wants to do after a long day of threatening to detonate bombs in the UK and send foreign troops home "coffin-by-coffin" is to enjoy some tea and a nice meal in peace. Is that too much to ask?