Last week Ahmed, a Pakistani laborer, murdered his 25-year-old stepdaughter and three daughters, ages four, seven and eight, respectively. He slit each girl's throat with a machete as their horrified mother watched.
What could have driven a father to such a barbaric act?
The stepdaughter had been unfaithful to her abusive husband, and Ahmed feared her younger sisters would eventually follow in her footsteps. Hence they all had to be, in his remorseless words, "eliminated."
If you're still trying to process this information at home, here's the Reader's Digest version:
- Infidelity = A no-no!
- Murdering your adult step-child for a marital indiscretional = Okey dokey!
- Murdering your three young daughters for something they might one day do = Ditto!
Killings like this, known as "honor" killings, are common in Pakistan (America's best buddy in the War on Terra). Typically, some immoral act by a member of one's family - most often female - is morally rectified by their death at the hands of one or more family members.
Though such crimes are technically illegal (under Pakistani law, but not Islamic law), perpetrators of violence against women are not agressively prosecuted by authorities.
Hence, I'm sure I wasn't the only American who winced just a bit to hear that Pakistan, one of the world's worst countries in terms of women's rights, was to be our ally in the invasion of Iraq. But, as has been stated on this blog and elsewhere, we never hesitate to overlook such details when it's to our advantage.
Women voting in Iraq? Woo-hoo! Women's rights in Pakistan? Um, we're kinda busy right now.
There's no "honor" in slicing up little girls. Nor any humanity in beliefs that would allow such to happen. Nor any excuse for being chummy with the killers' enablers.