Saturday, May 03, 2008

It's a family affair.

Hey dad, let's go kill Buffy, she's acting Germanic again.

I confess. I loved the headline as soon as I saw it.

"The Whore Lived Like a German"

Spiegel May 03 2008

Hatin Surucu just wanted to live her own life. Instead, she became Berlin's latest victim of honor killings. Her Turkish Muslim brothers allegedly gunned her down for adopting Western ways.In the past four months, six Muslim women living in Berlin have been brutally murdered by family members. Their crime? Trying to break free and live Western lifestyles.

Within their communities, the killers are revered as heroes for preserving their family dignity. How can such a horrific and shockingly archaic practice be flourishing in the heart of Europe?

The deaths have sparked momentary outrage, but will they change the grim reality for Muslim women?

Hatin Surucu just wanted to live her own life. Instead, she became Berlin's latest victim of honor killings. Her Turkish Muslim brothers allegedly gunned her down for adopting Western ways.

The shots came from nowhere and within minutes the young Turkish mother standing at the Berlin bus stop was dead. A telephone call from a relative had brought her to this cold, unforgiving place. She thought she would only be gone for a few minutes and wore a light jacket in the freezing February wind.

She had left her five-year-old son asleep in his bed. He awoke looking for his mother, who, like many Turkish women in Germany, harbored a secret life of fear, courage and, ultimately, grief. Now her little boy has his own tragedy to bear: His mother, Hatin Surucu, was not the victim of random violence, but likely died at the hands of her own family in what is known as an "honor killing."

Hatin's crime, it appears, was the desire to lead a normal life in her family's adopted land. The vivacious 23-year-old beauty, who was raised in Berlin, divorced the Turkish cousin she was forced to marry at age 16. She also discarded her Islamic head scarf, enrolled in a technical school where she was training to become an electrician and began dating German men. For her family, such behavior represented the ultimate shame -- the embrace of "corrupt" Western ways. (...)

And now that I had some fun, let's get a bit serious here and ask just what we should think of nations like Britain that ignore honor murder in the Muslim communities because they fear being accused of "racism." I won't go further into this. That's for one to ponder in the privacy of the mind. When one encounters such in the public domain, then one must wonder the kind of person one is to do nothing while the state does nothing too. A good citizen, what? It's not for me to say. It's a family affair.


Anonymous said...

Dag, most of the Western countries where these crimes are being imported are grappling with how to deal with them. It's not just the UK. . .also Canada (remember the dishonor killing of Aqsa Parvez in suburban Toronto in December 2007?), the USA, Holland, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, Italy, etc.

To me, there's not much gray area. Basic human rights are being violated, and I am opposed to that wherever and by whomever it takes place. How is that politically incorrect or racist? Pandering is far more racist, for it implies that some people just cannot be expected to behave to the basic standards of the rest of humanity. The soft bigotry of low expectations. . .

I think more people have to stand up and be heard. . .and defended when charges of racism are falsely hurled.

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

Dag said...

It is indeed the pandering that is so criminal in our societies. I refer to those who do so, usually making a fine career of it too, as Death Hippies. They enable murder of innocents for the sake of promoting their own religious agendae, sloughing off individuals in favor of some Gnostic phantasy of "community" and a utopian New Jerusalem, all at the expense of living people, those who actually mean nothing to those collectivists who see individuals as a menace to the "programme."

Again, I recommend your work to our readers, and I personally commend you on your work. It's clear-sighted and honest individuals who will make the difference between life and death in our nations and others when they stand up publicly and be known as those who will fight for truth and Human rights, giving others thereby courage to do the same.