Honor Killing in America

The trials of two "honor killers" are underway in America this week: one in Buffalo, New York, and the other in Arizona.

In Buffalo, the moderate Muslim beheader and bridge-builder to the West, Muzzammil Hassan, was granted the right Monday to act as his own attorney.  That should make for some interesting trial transcripts.  Hassan had an attorney, Jeremy Schwartz, but Schwartz told the judge that he met with Hassan on Friday and they had an impasse and "irreconcilable differences and opinions" that go to the heart of the defense.

Muzzammil Hassan was a respected Muslim businessman in Buffalo.  He founded the BridgesTV network several years ago to improve the image of Muslims in the United States.  But now he is standing trial for the decapitation of his estranged wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, in February 2009.  He beheaded her at his company's office in Orchard Park, New York -- that's right, in the offices of BridgesTV.  Police records show that Muzzammil Hassan had abused Aasiya for years.  And that means that the Buffalo-area Muslim community writ large ought to be on trial as well; they knew of the brutal violence Aasiya suffered and apparently kept silent.  The Muslim community knew of Hassan's abuse.

And in Arizona, an Iraqi Muslim named Faleh Almaleki went on trial this week for murdering his daughter for being too "westernized."  The Almaleki trial damn near didn't happen.  They were negotiating a plea deal for this cold-blooded adherent to the sharia.  But readers of my website AtlasShrugs.com called, wrote, and e-mailed, and in a huge victory for Atlas readers who fought the impending plea deal, it was withdrawn.

Muslim dad Faleh Almaleki ran over his daughter, Noor Almaleki.  He is now showing his utter contempt for the infidel system of jurisprudence by saying that he ran down and murdered his daughter with his car accidentally while he was "concentrating on spitting at another woman."  Spitting on a woman: the metaphor should not be lost on anyone.  This disgusting defense and out-and-out lie contradicts Faleh Almaleki's admission in November 2009 (here) that, according to state prosecutor Stephanie Low, Faleh Almaleki admitted that he ran over his daughter on purpose:

By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family. This was an attempt at an honor killing.

Then-prosecutor Low said "attempt" because Noor Almaleki had not yet succumbed to her injuries.  She hung on by a thread for two weeks.

After her father ran her over, he backed up his vehicle and ran her over again.  Was this, too, in an attempt to spit?

Remember that these are not isolated incidents or actions of a "fringe" element within Islam.  They are happening with increasing frequency.  The Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad was recently almost killed by her father and brother in another attempted Islamic honor killing.  How much more in the mainstream can you get?  Yet despite who she is, the celebrity of the victim, still the dhimmedia shills for, aids, abets, and covers for Islamic misogyny.  And even more galling was Azad's family's concern -- not with their Afshan, but with "what the Muslim community will think."  That was their worry and obsession.

The horror of these young girls, terror-stricken victims who live in homemade concentration camps, is given the imprimatur of the West in its complicit silence.  Notice how news accounts never mention the religion of the people involved.  The West is intent upon putting an urbane face on bloodthirsty savagery.  The West looks away, and more girls lead desperate, brutal lives.  The "feminists" look away and pretend that Islamic honor killing is outside the realm of women's rights.  The leftists are tools of Islamic jihad: these useful idiots  are on someone's payroll, or else they fear Islam so much that they are willing to see these girls die.

Either way, get out of the way.  Shame on all of you for failing our women, our children, our girls, our very way of life.  How dare you throw away our superior culture with both hands?

As Muslim populations grow in the West, the status of women diminishes.  The horrific murders of wives, daughters, moms, and sisters are the worst and ultimate punishment of Islamic gender apartheid, and something we see on the rise in the West.  It should be a capital crime in America.

Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website and former associate publisher of the New York Observer.  She is the author of The Post-American Presidency.
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