The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II sent letters to the Assassins. He was coming. They escorted him to Sultan Al-Kamil in Egypt. Part of this discussion was on their similar views of Religion, Christian, and Islamic religion and mysticism were both at that early time steeped in Pythagoras and Hermes, a Neo-Platonic melting pot.
The Bloodless crusade over tea made Frederick II king of Jerusalem. The only true difference between the beliefs of the rulers was politic.
Unleashing the Dogs of War
Since that time all of the world's governments have experimented with ways of re-creating the Assassin. Enhanced warfare is no longer the future; it is today. We can even do this by proxy. After all, information is free. Non-lethal support keeps revolutionaries alive.
Taking this cue, the FSA has created its own version on these lines. Kill without question, rape without sorrow; the drug- and sectary-induced violence against the old and very young in Syria is every day.
According to a defector from the FSA, the FSA started by putting drugs in their tea. They handed out pills to give them more energy. According to the defector the pills made him want to go and shoot up the world.
In skirmishes with Assad's military it became apparent very quickly that there was something very different about the FSA. Blood tests done after skirmishes started showing drugs in the fighters' bloodstreams.
During skirmishes the FSA militias just keep coming. It didn't matter how many times they were shot, as long as they could move, they kept coming. Screaming, laughing and bleeding, there is no fear. There is no pain. There is no understanding that they are severely wounded or dying.
Normal people are buying or finding grenades where they can; suicide is the only hope many have to avoid the horror of torture at their hands.
The FSA is accused of atrocities that are beyond the scope of imagination. According to RTR news reports in Russia, one pregnant woman in her third trimester was sliced open and her unborn child used as a ball in an FSA soccer match. The FSA still routinely grab people on the street and execute or dismember them publicly to dispel dissent.
The New Assassins and the old Men of the Mountain
We have witnessed the morphing of this new type of fighter through the entire Arab spring. After they have won the ground, it is insisted their sister the Muslim Brotherhood takes the reins of government. The ties of Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood are now too open to dismiss.
The western philosophical bent of these inseparable groups shows the destructiveness of its hand openly. According to John Reilly at the Seventh Annual Conference of the Center for Millennial Studies, "we should note that recent Islamist terrorists quote Evola with facility." Evola was an Italian esoteric Fascist. To keep it simple their beliefs mirror the Ismaili/Assassin beliefs in Pythagorean and Hermetic Mystical Philosophy.
In an article titled "Terror, Islam and Democracy," Ladan and Roya Boroumand correctly state that "Most young Islamist cadres today are the direct intellectual and spiritual heirs of the Qutbist wing of the Muslim Brotherhood."
Ayman al-Zawahiri the Al Qaeda leader was an imprisoned leader of this group. The Muslim Brotherhood released his brother upon gaining power in Egypt.
The Trojan horse has brought to Syria the twisted image of drug-induced murderers and torturers, who are now celebrated heroes. How many other countries should get a taste the freedom the Syrians now enjoy?
It would seem that the Western powers did succeed in their quest to re-produce the Hashishi after all.