It will be easy — and likely correct — to assert that this is another Islamic terrorist attack.

But I think it is more than that.

This is what we see in Syria.

A very up close and personal bloodletting and then triumphal braggadocio.

Like the Syrian rebel fighter who ate his enemy’s heart on video. And the very personal violence visited on captives from both sides.

Except that it happened in South London.

The BBC reported sources had told them the men were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they carried out the attack and had filmed carrying it out.

One witness, called James, told LBC radio: “We saw clearly two knives, meat cleavers, they were big kitchen knives like you would use in a butcher’s, they were hacking at this poor guy, we thought they were trying to remove organs from him.”

“These two guys were crazed, they were not there, they were just animals. They then dragged him from the pavement and dumped his body in the middle of the road.

“They took 20 minutes to arrive, the police – the armed response.”

I think Ben Domenech gets it right:

(more videos and photos at LiveLeak)

Update: Drew M proposes another analogy, Ramallah 2000:

Update 5-23-201310 Things Worse Than Eating a Dead Man’s Heart.