Honor?

I was disturbed by this story.

It’s about Life.

It’s about Death.

(Feb. 5) – Honor killings are not something new to many people in Turkey. But the death of a 16-year-old girl who was buried alive for talking to boys has been revealed to be a particularly gruesome killing and has stirred strong reactions.

“The autopsy result is bloodcurdling,” an unidentified official told the  Thursday,Anatolia news agency Agence France-Press reported. “According to our findings, the girl — who had no bruises on her body and no sign of narcotics or poison in her blood — was alive and fully conscious when she was buried.”

The girl’s father and grandfather are to be put on trial for burying her alive, reportedly because they thought her friendship with boys had brought shame and dishonor to the family.

The body of Medine Memi was found in a sitting position with hands tied in a 6½-foot hole under a chicken coop at the family house in Kahta in southeast Turkey. Police discovered the body following a tip-off 40 days after she went missing, the agency said.

According to a postmortem examination, the agency added, the girl’s lungs and stomach contained significant amounts of soil, confirming she was alive when she was buried.

The girl had repeatedly tried to tell the police that she had been beaten by her father and grandfather, the London Times reported today. “She tried to take refuge at the police station three times, and she was sent home three times,” her mother, Immihan, said after the body was discovered in December. (AOL News)

Honor killings, homicides carried out by male family members to redeem the shame that women have supposedly brought upon their families, are often associated with, and blamed on, tribal customs in the Arab and Muslim world. In some particularly conservative Muslim countries, such as Iran and Pakistan, honor killing is still legal according to local tribal authorities, although it is often condemned by the central governments. In other countries, this practice is formally prohibited but is widespread and treated leniently: in Turkey, for instance, there are more than 200 honor killings a year–half of all the murders committed in the country. Many of them are easily disguised as suicides, while others are punished with just two or three years of jail.

But evidence suggests honor killings are still relatively common in the West as well, not only among Muslim immigrants, although such crimes may take a different name.

But lest you say, but That’s half way around the world:

According to a 2009 survey, four out of ten women in Turkey experience domestic violence. In Italy gender-based violence strikes “only” 32 percent of the female population (about 80 percent is believed to take place within the family).

Most surprising, perhaps, is the perception of domestic violence among women: while only 10 percent of Turkish women report it as a crime, in Italy this figure is around 18 percent.

Gender-based violence is surprisingly common even in countries thought to be more egalitarian. In Britain, 45 percent of women have reportedly experienced some form of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Similarly, 37 percent of German women have reportedly experienced some form of physical violence, and 25 percent say they have been abused by a partner.

And there’s Noor Faleh Almaleki.

As may remember, I am in Phoenix, Az. I remember hearing about this case.

Nov 4, 2009: An Iraqi immigrant accused of slaying his own daughter for becoming “too Westernized” will be arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court on Thursday morning.

Noor Faleh Almaleki, 20, died at an Arizona hospital on Monday after clinging to life for nearly two weeks.

Her dad, Faleh Hassan Almaleki, was in jail charged with two counts of aggravated assault when he got word his daughter was dead.

The 48-year-old father, who was angry that his daughter was not adhering to traditional Iraqi values, now likely faces a murder charge.

Prosecutors have called Almaleki’s death a sick “honor killing.”

“By his own admission, this was an intentional act and the reason was that his daughter had brought shame on him and his family,” county prosecutor Stephanie Low told a Maricopa County judge earlier.

Almaleki was walking through a parking lot in suburban Phoenix with her boyfriend’s mother on Oct. 20 when her father gunned the engine of his SUV and mowed down both women, police said.

Afterward, he fled to Mexico and abandoned his Jeep Grand Cherokee in Nogales before making his way to Mexico City.

There, he boarded a plane for Britain where the cops denied him entrance and put him on a plane back to Arizona.

Police said Almaleki, an out-of-work truck driver, had been furious with his daughter for becoming too Westernized. Noor Almaleki had reportedly married a man in Iraq but returned to Arizona to live with her boyfriend and his mother in Surprise, according to family members and friends.

Another report added: Faleh was upset that Noor, married in Iraq, moved in with her boyfriend and his mother when she arrived in America. The two had fought for years, said her brother. And dad was an Iraqi traditionalist who insisted his daughter carry on the old ways. The fighting culminated when he tried to kill her with his Jeep Cherokee.

Stephanie Low, a county prosecutor assigned to the case, said Almaleki has admitted purposefully running down his daughter.

“The defendant tries to hide behind his moral convictions, and yet he also fled,” Low said. “We can’t be naive and ignore that there’s a cultural aspect to this and there may be people who would support him, including his family, but also others who share his beliefs,” she said.

So several young women loses their lives because of old traditions and what we, in America, would call strange or horrific.

Is this really that different from, say The Salem Witch Trials, where  new social changes put pressure on the traditions and the faithful of the traditions fought back?

Father marries daughter off, she says no. They fight. He kills her in the name of “honor” and then flees.

He doesn’t stand his ground and defend his actions. He flees. She dies.

How sad is that?

Now just picture the jihadists lined up to kill us.

For the glory of Allah.

They view anyone who isn’t them as infidels. (Much like Liberals view anyone who isn’t them as a “right wing extremist”).

Infidels can be slaughtered without mercy.

Alla Akbar,God is [the] greatest.

Is there a problem with perception of the threat?

The loss of Freedom due to an ever-increasing Government presence.

Is there a problem with Immigration and the politically correct cow-towing to Muslims at every turn, regardless?

Extremism is the new “in” thing.

Anyone see a problem here?

Or will I get labeled a “racist” again…

You Decide.