“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

The Fruit of Islam. The Noble Muslim Man.

Abuse of woman is tolerated, taught and accepted in Islam, one beautiful religion. This needs to be exposed and rebuked. Why it is not is a puzzlement to me. There is no excuse for the silence from woman's groups on this continuing outrage.

This woman being slapped around for not wearing her burkha is luckier than the beautiful girl, in the photo below .

British Court Finds Muslim Father Guilty of Murdering Daughter in 'Honor Killing'

Banaz Mahmod, 20, was strangled with a boot lace, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in a back garden, by her father, for his honor.

LONDON — A father who ordered his daughter brutally slain for falling in love with the wrong man in a so-called "honor killing" was found guilty of murder on Monday.

Banaz Mahmod, 20, was strangled with a boot lace, stuffed into a suitcase and buried in a back garden.

Her death is the latest in an increasing trend of such killings in Britain, home to some 1.8 million Muslims. More than 100 homicides are under investigation as potential "honor killings."

Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and his brother Ari Mahmod, 51, planned the killing during a family meeting, prosecutors told the court. Two others have pleaded guilty in the case. Two more suspects have fled the country. Sentencing is expected later this month.

The men accused the young woman of shaming her family by ending an abusive arranged marriage, becoming too Westernized and falling in love with a man who didn't come from their Iraqi village. The Kurdish family came to Britain in 1998 when Banaz Mahmod was 11.

"She was my present, my future, my hope," said Rahmat Suleimani, 29, Banaz Mahmod's boyfriend.

During the three-month trial, prosecutors said Mahmod's father beat his daughter for using hairspray and adopting other Western ways. Her uncle once told her she would have been "turned to ashes" if she were his daughter and had shamed the family by becoming involved with the Iranian Kurd, her sister 22-year-old Bekhal Mahmod testified.

Banaz Mahmod ran away from home when she was a teenager but returned when her father sent her an audio tape in which he warned he would kill her sisters, her mother and himself if she did not come home, her sister said.

She was later hospitalized after her brother attacked her, the sister told the court. The brother said he had been paid by their father to finish her off but in the end was unable to do it, said the sister, who testified in a full black burqa. She said she still feared for her own life.

The years of Banaz Mahmod's abuse were compounded by police officers who repeatedly dismissed her cries for help.

She first went to police in December 2005, saying she suspected her uncle was trying to kill her and her boyfriend. She sent police a letter naming the men who she thought would later kill her.

On New Year's Eve, she was lured by her father to her grandmother's home, where she suspected he planned to attack her after he forced her to gulp down brandy and approached her while wearing gloves. She escaped by breaking a window and was treated at a hospital.

Police dismissed her suspicions, and one officer, who is under investigation, considered charging her with damages for breaking her grandmother's window.

Laying in her hospital bed after the escape, Mahmod recorded a dramatic video message saying she was "really scared."

The videotape, taken by her boyfriend at the hospital, was shown to the jury during the trial.

After she was released from the hospital, she returned home and tried to convince her family she had stopped seeing her boyfriend.

But friends told the family they spotted the couple together on Jan. 22, 2006.

Soon after, a group of men allegedly approached her boyfriend and tried to lure him into a car but he refused. It was that event that prompted Banaz Mahmod to go to police again. This time officers tried to persuade her to stay in a safe house. She refused, believing that her mother would protect her.

But her mother and father left her alone in the house the next day. Her boyfriend alerted police after time passed in which she failed to send him text messages.

Her body wasn't discovered until three months later after police tracked phone records.

Britain has seen more than 25 women killed by their Muslim relatives in the past decade for offenses they believed brought shame on the family. More than 100 other homicides are under investigation as potential honor killings.

Some Muslim communities in Britain practice Sharia, or strict Islamic law.

"We're seeing an increase around the world, due in part to the rise in Islamic fundamentalism," said Diana Nammi with the London-based Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization.


  1. "Celebrate Diversity"
    "Teach Tolerance"
    "Buck Fush"

  2. Goddamn! What a beautiful girl. Hang 'em.

  3. Diversity is Our Strength!

    On to Dhimmitude!

  4. Alliance
    Bush-Kennedy Amnesty Bill Update
    To: Habu


    Bush and the Amnesty Senators are now preparing to bring
    the Bush-Kennedy Amnesty bill back for a vote immediately.

    Yesterday, Commerce Secretary Gutierrez said the administration
    is "more determined than ever" to pass amnesty and Tony Snow
    added that the Senate "could wrap this up in two days." Now,
    Bush has scheduled a meeting with Senate Republicans on
    Tuesday to plan strategy and Majority Leader Reid is saying
    he is ready to move the bill to a vote.

    Habu, I am outraged and you should be as well.

    Just last week, the American people soundly rejected Bush-Kennedy
    Amnesty. The New York Times even featured and
    three of our team members in a Page One lead story yesterday
    entitled "Grass Roots Roared". Now, they are bringing amnesty back!

    See the NYTimes article linked here:

    Two crucial action items:

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    Sen. Martinez 202) 224-3041
    Sen. Nelson (202) 224-5274

    White House Switchboard: 202-456-1414
    White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111

    Talking Points:

    1. I am outraged that the President and the Senate are
    again planning on pushing this amnesty bill.

    2. I am offended that these leaders are ignoring the
    clear voice of grassroots Americans.

    3. I call on you to announce publicly your opposition to
    the Bush-Kennedy amnesty bill and call on the Senate
    to abandon plans for further debate.

    Action #2 -- Fax the President and Senate NOW!

    I know you have done so much already, but we cannot stop now.

    We have added key Bush Administration targets to our Fax Hot
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    Our staff and contacts on the Hill sensed all along that the
    Amnesty Gang would bring this bill back.

    Now, they have made their intentions perfectly clear.

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    Steve Elliott, President

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  5. "There is no excuse for the silence from woman's groups on this continuing outrage."

    Whoa there, buddy. What's the excuse for the silence of Muslim women? Do we no longer expect people to take up their own damn cause, if cause enough it be?

  6. Trish, your point is well taken, however strong spines are not the human norm. Muslim woman have been captive a very long time. The first thing the West should do is ban the wearing of burqas in courts, schools and public buildings. Western woman need to take up the cause. The two examples shown on this post are far too common in the daily experience of Islamic woman.

  7. Tne mussulwomen are not abused, trish, they are treated fairly, as is allah's will.

    There is no cause for complaint.
    There is only conservation of the way things are. No progressives desired or needed to intercede.

    Matter of perspective as to the role of family and fathers in the family. Their way has worked, for them, for 1400 years. The "western" way is "no good", Paris, Britney and Lyndsay Lohan are all the proof of societal failure the mussulwomen need point to.

    Sometimes people cannot protect themselves, Stockholmed by their society and culture, hijacked by life, held hostage by realities.

    Slavery should only be battled by escaped slaves, or the freemen should wait, for a slave revolt prior to taking action against the evil that men do?

  8. As to this sycles "Ross Perot"

    Mike Bloomberg could buy the White House
    But does America crave a sane version of Ross Perot with actual governing experience?

    By Walter Shapiro

    Someone could win the White House with a minority, again.
    No "Plan" involved, either?

    All "Plans" are not publicly known, are they? Conspiracies are only theories, concocted by those that were conspired against?

  9. It isn't desert rat, no he just exemplifies the rant of the new era in American life, the Age of Cynicims, as Rich Lowry takes the time to clarify:

    It might be the fate of President Bush to be remembered as the emblem of an Age of Cynicism, when -- despite many encouraging economic and social indicators -- we experienced a deep public funk, driven by the feeling that government couldn't be trusted to do anything, at least not well.

    This is the spirit that more than anything else brought down (for now) the Senate's Grand Compromise on immigration. It wasn't Bush's declining clout or raging xenophobia so much as the collective grass-roots reply to the White House's detailed explications of the enforcement provisions in the bill: "We simply don't believe you."

    His administration had made no appreciable attempt to enforce immigration laws until recently. A government can't ignore its own laws without creating deep suspicions about its motives. Then, there was the question of capability. At the same time the administration was maintaining it could process at least 12 million illegal immigrants into a complex path to citizenship, it couldn't even manage to issue passports in a timely manner when new regulations passed in 2004 came into effect.

    The administration is paying a price for its serial abuse of the word "must." Bush often has said that a given country "must" relinquish its nuclear program or free a dissident or forswear test-firing a missile, with little in the way of consequence when his demand is ignored. So when his administration says, under the immigration deal, an immigrant or an employer "must" do something, no one believes that verb represents anything more than wishfulness.

    The backdrop to all this, of course, is the Iraq War. The government of the United States presented to the world intelligence that turned out to be wrong; insisted we were making steady progress in the guerrilla war when, by the end of 2006, we were facing catastrophe; and has still managed only fitful progress against an enemy whose main weapon is home-made bombs. This casts a pall over our public life, augmented by Hurricane Katrina's devastation, corruption in Congress, paranoiac ranting on the left and incompetence in high places (see Attorney General Alberto Gonzales).

    I responsible for my own soul, Mr Bush should look to his own not force the privations of pentance upon me for his and his Government's sins.

  10. I have already done the Hard Thing.
    Mr Bush should try it sometime.

    Privations of penance are good for the soul, that is why I reccomend it for Mr Bush.

  11. 2164th wrote:

    "The first thing the West should do is ban the wearing of burqas in courts, schools and public buildings."

    Odd way of promoting women's rights - telling the what they can and cannot wear.

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  13. It is kind of a residual neo-con idealism, ash.
    If we force exposure to non-mussulmen activities and cultural mores upon the mussulfolk, they will see the error of their ways, abandoning them for the enlightened status of of Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

    Enforce a Societal Dress Code.
    No "Colors" allowed.

    Everything in black and white.

    Though there are those that say Porn is the Way Forward, as a tactical method to be employeed in the War on Islam.

    Undermine their culture with ours.

    Shake! Shake! Shake!
    Shake your booty,
    Shake your booty!

    Show your tits,
    for freedoms sake

  14. I believe there was a video possted, not long ago, of a lady beating on a Dress Code enforcer, in Iran.

    Lady in western garb, she was whippin' on the burka babe,
    Broad daylight.

    We cheered, metaphoricly.

    Now we'd emulate the burka babes techniques, but in a better cause?

  15. 2164th: The first thing the West should do is ban the wearing of burqas in courts, schools and public buildings.

    First the came for the burquas, but I didn't say anything because I didn't wear a burqua. Next they came for the Sacred Mormon Underwear...

  16. "Slavery should only be battled by escaped slaves, or the freemen should wait, for a slave revolt prior to taking action against the evil that men do?"

    Except that this is not a matter of law, Rat. It is not a matter of legal right or recognition withheld by the government, but of a particular social culture perpetuated and tolerated by private citizens who belong to it. When the victims among them, recognizing themselves as such, begin to challenge, then abandon, as is their right, that set of customs as unwanted and abhorrent, change will slowly materialize.

    Muslim women must take up the matter of their own lot. They are not children, and are most desperately in need of their own intercession as adults, first and foremost. Such is the responsibility of freedom.

  17. These woman have been reduced to dogs. But dogs too have certain legal rights. Any ideas how those legal rights came to be, Trish?

  18. Watching the constant decline of Islamic power since 1699 and it’s ever accelerating rapid decent spiraling downward faster and faster since 1979. It is clear that if Allah exists, he has abandoned the cause of the extremist Islamic militants in favor of civilizations that promote equality, freedom and human rights. Many theologians believe this is punishment for the events of 661 when Muslims turned against themselves and began their traitorous decent into impudent destructive killing, abandoning the compassionate teachings of the Prophet Jesus in favor of killing their perceived enemies and their own brothers and sisters.