Sunday, April 27, 2008

Second Century AD

Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, told her closest friend that she was in love from the moment she set eyes on the young British soldier working alongside her in Basra, and she dreamed of a future with him.

It was an innocent infatuation but five months after Rand, a student of English at Basra University, met Paul, a 22-year-old soldier posted to southern Iraq, she was dead. She was stamped on, suffocated and stabbed by her father. Several brutal knife wounds punctured her slender, bruised body - from her face to her feet. He had done it, he proclaimed to the neighbours who soon gathered round, to 'cleanse his honour'.

And as Rand was put into the ground, without ceremony, her uncles spat on her covered corpse because she had brought shame on the family. Her crime was the worst they could possibly imagine - she had fallen in love with a British soldier and dared to talk to him in public.

Rand was murdered last month. That the relationship was innocent was no defence. She had been seen conversing intimately with Paul. It was enough to condemn her, because he was British, a Christian, 'the invader', and the enemy. The two met while he was helping to deliver relief aid to displaced families in the city and she was working as a volunteer. They continued to meet through their relief work in the following months.

Rand last saw Paul in January, two months before her death. It was only on 16 March that her father, Abdel-Qader Ali, learned of their friendship. He was told by a friend, who worked closely with police, that Rand had been seen with Paul at one of the places they both worked as volunteers. Enraged, he headed straight home to demand an explanation from his daughter.

'When he entered the house, his eyes were bloodshot and he was trembling,' said Rand's mother, Leila Hussein, tears streaming down her face as she recalled her daughter's murder. 'I got worried and tried to speak to him but he headed straight for our daughter's room and he started to yell at her.'

'He asked if it was true that she was having an affair with a British soldier. She started to cry. She was nervous and desperate. He got hold of her hair and started thumping her again and again.

'I screamed and called out for her two brothers so they could get their father away from her. But when he told them the reason, instead of saving her they helped him end her life,' she said.

She said Ali used his feet to press down hard on his own daughter's throat until she was suffocated. Then he called for a knife and began to cut at her body. All the time he was calling out that his honour was being cleansed.

'I just couldn't stand it. I fainted.' recalled Leila. 'I woke up in a blur later with dozens of neighbours at home and the local police.'

According to Leila, her husband was initially arrested. 'But he was released two hours later because it was an "honour killing". And, unfortunately, that is something to be proud of for any Iraqi man.'

@ The Guardian


This is what we have sacrificed 4000+ troops and untold numbers of wounded for?

Second century backward zealots with stones?

For oil?

Not to mention the approved violence against women.

These people are backward-ass morons that should be cordoned off from the rest of the world and made an example of how not to act in the human race in the Twenty First Century.

Enjoy your Sunday.



DEN said...

Read what McAfee says about the spam posts I keep deleting like the last one yesterday

Bad news folks, If you click on it immediately close your browser or do an immediate hard shutdown( Hold down the on/off button until your computer shuts down.

Damn idiots posting malicious crap.

Anonymous said...

Here are a couple ideas:

1. Why don't we start economically boycotting countries that continue to treat their women like this and the companies that do business with them? We could do for women what the boycott of South Africa did for blacks when they were living under apartheid.

2. Why don't we write to our representatives and leaders and demand that they withhold some meaningful portion of our aid to these countries unless and until they materially, measurably, sustainably improve their human rights track records?

Ellen R. Sheeley, Author
"Reclaiming Honor in Jordan"

David B. Benson said...

A Nony Mous --- Their women?

Hmmm ...

√≤¿√≥arol said...

Anonymous, yeah why don't we.

But better yet, why bother. Nothing we do makes a difference. Write your letters. All 'they' do is wipe their asses with our opinions on anything.

(I'm grouchy) :(

micki said...

Bill and I just returned from Edward R. Murrow's 100th birthday celebration in Blanchard where he lived as a boy. Interesting gathering.

Dr. B, I learned something that I had never connected to Ed Murrow, even though I grew up in Seattle. The original Lake Washington Floating Bridge, which as you know is the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge, was named for Edward's older brother, Lacey who was the Director of Washington State Highways.

I did not know that. A little bit of trivia from Bellingham.......

micki said...

Their women.


DEN said...

We knew these were stone age morons when we went in there, now that we are there they are still stone age morons, keep your oil morons!

Religious zealots gone bad.

A blight on humanity, worse than any disease.

DEN said...

Other than that OK Sunday here, 85 today, riding was awesome but relaxing in the shade was better.

DEN said...



micki said...


(CHRIS) WALLACE: Senator, one of the central themes of your campaign is that you are a uniter who will reach across the aisle and create a new kind of politics. Some of your detractors say that you are a paint-by-the- numbers liberal, and I'd like to explore this with you.

OBAMA: Right.

WALLACE: Over the years, John McCain has broken with his party and risked his career on a number of issues -- campaign finance, immigration reform, banning torture.

As a president, can you name a hot-button issue where you would be willing to buck the Democratic Party line and say, "You know what? Republicans have a better idea here?"

OBAMA: Well, I think there are a whole host of areas where Republicans in some cases may have a better idea.

WALLACE: Such as?

OBAMA: Well, on issues of regulation. I think that back in the '60s and '70s a lot of the way we regulated industry was top-down command and control, we're going to tell businesses exactly how to do things.

And you know, I think that the Republican Party and people who thought about the markets came up with the notion that, "You know what? If you simply set some guidelines, some rules and incentives, for businesses -- let them figure out how they're going to, for example, reduce pollution," and a cap and trade system, for example is a smarter way of doing it, controlling pollution, than dictating every single rule that a company has to abide by, which creates a lot of bureaucracy and red tape and oftentimes is less efficient.

micki said...

Can't resist -- this quote is priceless!

OBAMA: Well, I think there are a whole host of areas where Republicans in some cases may have a better idea.

Gawdalmighty! This guy sounds like a Repug operative, pretending to be impartial.

Hajji said... watching someone sitting in a "Rapist Anonymous" meeting trying to "say something nice" about the people to their left and right, eh Micki?


I don't know if anybody remembers the conversations I shared with Dr.TJ, a Syrian Christian? Seems like so long ago.

He spoke of such "honor killings" and multi-generational revenge and how the religious zealots would always, if allowed, impose their "sharia" law on local, regional and national law-enforcement and legislation.

We were called "bigots" and "racists" for claiming that such people wouldn't be pre-disposed to accepting American-style democracy and Starbucks-style business practices.

But now, being able to say "We told you so," is just more hollow frustration.