This is coolbert:
The various atrocities as reputed to have been committed by ISIL having a precedent in that part of the world from nearly three thousand years prior! The Assyrians.
Here with extracts and commentary from the Patheos Internet web site:
"The Demon Wolves of ISIS: Ancient Assyria Reborn"
"The Assyrian Empire was centered on the exact geographical territory that Islamic State now claims–Eastern Syria and Northern Iraq."
"the Assyrians were known as experts in warfare. Cruel, bloodthirsty and proud, they bragged about their military victories and heartless oppression of their victims.
"I built a pillar over against his gate, and I flayed all the chief men … and I covered the pillar with their skins … some I impaled upon the pillar on stakes. Many captives … I burned with fire … From some I cut off their hands and their fingers, and from others I cut off their noses, their ears … of many I put out the eyes."
Using social media of the day, the Assyrian making their deeds known to the entire world and indeed for all posterity:
"the Assyrians proudly recorded their brutality–not with cell phone cameras and video, but in obelisks of stone"
The Assyrian also did excellent bronze work:
"bronze bands display unusually fine examples of bronze repoussé (a relief created by hammering on the opposite side). In a detail, we see an Assyrian soldier grasping the hand and arm of a captured enemy whose other hand and both feet have already been cut off."
The modern Assyrian almost without question those Christians today living in Iraq and NOW the subject of ISIL persecution.