Saturday, 19 May 2007

All cultures equal?

Watching CNN a few evenings ago your Savant had the stomach-churning experience of seeing a 17 year-old girl being kicked, beaten and stoned to death. CNN points out how the case portrays the tragedy and brutality of honor killings in the Muslim world. Honor killings take place when family members kill relatives, almost always female, because they feel the relatives' actions have shamed the family.

In this case it was Dua Khalil, killed for being seen with a Sunni Muslim man. She had not married him or converted, but her attackers believed she had, a top official in Nineveh province said. She is of the Yazidi faith, who observe an ancient Middle Eastern religion, and look down on mixing with people of another faith.

In the great tradition of religious interplay, the killing is said to have spurred the killings of about two dozen Yazidi men by Sunni Muslims in the Mosul area two weeks later. Attackers affiliated with al Qaeda pulled 24 Yazidi men out of a bus and slaughtered them, a provincial official said. Lovely. Interestingly, the video clearly identifies a number of policement looking benignly on. It’s their culture, see?

1 comment:

Daphne Bateman (UK) said...

You know Savant, I'm starting to come around to your view. There's no solution to this kind of thing other than disengagement.