From The Victory Girls:
She Was Executed For Killing Her Rapist: What Reyhaneh RepresentsA 26-year-old woman was executed in Iran this weekend. Her crime? Killing the man who raped her. Self-defense means nothing in Iran, especially if you are a woman. Reyhaneh Jabbari has been on death row for 5 years and the United Nations says she did not get a fair trial. Amnesty International says the trial was “flawed” and many drew attention to the execution — hoping to spare her life.
by Ericka Andersen on October 27, 2014
Their efforts were in vain and I was saddened to learn of her death this morning. Every time I hear a story like this, I think about how fortunate I am to live in a country where we have the luxury of complaining about things like women being called “bossy” or a business providing ONLY 16 kinds of birth control coverage under their insurance plan.
This woman just wanted to be able to defend herself from being raped. Instead, she was hanged, without a fair trial.
And this is no isolated incident in parts of the world that don’t respect or even treat women as human beings. In Somalia, a 13-year-old girl was stoned to death because she was raped. If Afghanistan, a 10-year-old girl was slated for an “honor killing” after being raped.
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In the United States, in the liberal Western democracies, criticism of Muslims, of Islam, is Simply Not Done, because, why, we might offend the poor dears, and, even worse, we might be sen as somehow making common cause with the evil George Bush.1 Thus, when an Muslim soldier decides to make common cause with the Islamists, shooting at actually loyal American soldiers, why the Obama Administration classified it not as an act of terrorism, but workplace violence, because, well, because we wouldn’t want to offend other Muslims . . . along with the government being liable for less insurance expenditures.
And, of course, it’s only those simple-minded conservatives who listen to Rush Limbaugh and Faux News who make an actual connection between Islam and all of those isolated, completely unconnected incidents in which a perpetrator was identified as Muslim; the left wouldn’t want to be associated with those people!So, we have the insane spectacle of the left complaining that evil Republicans are waging a #WarOnWomen, because many Republicans don’t think that churches or religious people who don’t think artificial contraception is moral ought to have to provide contraceptive coverage in insurance plans, but keeping their mouths clamped firmly shut as women unfortunate enough to live in the Islamic countries have been relegated to second-class citizenship status, and even that is a too-generous description.
Let’s be clear about this: Miss Jabbari was executed solely because she is a woman who lived in a Muslim country, ruled by an Islamist government. In any civilized country, a description which excludes every country run by a religious Islamic government, Miss Jabbari, who found a weapon and stabbed the man who was trying to rape her, would have been not only released without any charges, but celebrated as a brave woman who defended herself. The American left will admit, albeit grudgingly, that Miss Jabbari herself was wrongly condemned and executed, but they will never, ever make the connection between the way she was treated and Islam itself. The left are, basically, a group of educated idiots.
The left will complain, naturally, that it wasn’t really Islam to blame, but simply a group of heteronormative patriarchists2 seeking to continue male dominance who were at fault, but that overlooks the very obvious: not only are they Muslims, but they were reared in a Muslim culture, and people’s actions are limited by their cultural context. What was done to Miss Jabbari would never happen in the West, because it is so far outside of our cultural norms that almost no Westerner would even consider it. Miss Jabbari was executed because the idea that a woman deserves to be put to death for using deadly force, even in self-defense, against a
man male3 is perfectly reasonable in the context and culture of Islam. That the left will never see, will never admit, because it stands as a stark challenge to their notions of multiculturalism, and, more importantly, it says, very loudly and very clearly, that Western liberalism, in its present form, is totally out of touch with reality.