The Suffering Of Brit Muslim Women

November 5, 2005

This example of the Brit Muslim’s community’s oppression of women confirms Theodore Dalrymple’s diagnosis. It shows that, in addition to the measures in the earlier post, Brits should ban arranged marriages, and deport immigrant murderers.

It happened in Oxford, a pleasant town in the south of England, home to the famous university. It’s also home to a poorly integrated Muslim immigrant community (my ellipsis):

For daring to fall in love with a Muslim girl, an Oxford student was stabbed 46 times by her vengeful family, who showed no remorse yesterday as they were convicted of the teenager’s murder.

The girl’s father, Chomir Ali, 41, who bullied his two young British-born sons into killing Arash Ghorbani-Zarin, 19, boasted that the murder was to “vindicate the family’s honour” after the popular engineering student made Ali’s daughter pregnant.

Her family victimized the young woman for behaving like many other Brits of her age:

Rather than wear a Muslim headdress, she preferred to dress in jeans and hooded tops. When her father learnt of her relationship he stopped her from going to school or talking to anyone outside the family.

When her older brother, Muji, saw her with her boyfriend in a local shop he attacked her, hitting her three times in the face and threatening her partner.

She tried to escape but the family recaptured her.

(She) defied her father’s demand that she marry a man she had never met in Bangladesh and tried to kill herself after her family held her prisoner at home. Her father even tried to stop paramedics getting into the house to take his daughter to hospital after she slashed her wrists.

Days later, in October last year, she ran away after secretly getting engaged, but was forced to return to the family home.

The murderer matches Dalrymple’s stereotype:

The jury at Oxford Crown Court was told how Muji Rahman was a swaggering bully who, while condemning his sister’s behaviour for flouting the family’s strict Muslim code, had had sex before marriage, drank alcohol and rarely bothered to go to the mosque. After the killing in November last year he went out clubbing with friends in Oxford city centre.

The woman’s torment continued after they had murdered her lover:

Police described how, after the murder, (she) was forced into terminating her pregnancy.

The murderers will get life imprisonment – probably only 8 years in the UK – but that should give her time to escape.

Here’s the bigger picture:

Police say there is one honour killing a month.

They are reinvestigating 109 cases of women who disappeared or apparently committed suicide, to see if they were honour killings.

Women murdered in so-called honour killings come mainly from the Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities but there are cases from Bosnia, Kosovo and Turkey.

Suicide rates among Asian (Muslim) women aged 16 to 24 are nearly three times the national average, and double for 25 to 35-year olds.

Police are approached every week by an average of four women or girls who fear they will be victims of ‘honour attacks’ by family.

The survival and prosperity of all Brits requires that Muslim females grow up as equal members of society. In addition to the measures proposed yesterday, arranged marriages must be criminalized and immigrant murderers deported after serving their sentences.

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Quiz For The Day

November 5, 2005

What does this AP photo from Fox News show?

A) Wreckage of New Orleans post-Katrina?

B) The President’s Crawford Ranch after occupation by peace activists?

C) A French Nursery school for immigrant kids?

Answer here.


Getting Tough With China

November 5, 2005

China’s espionage war on the US has allowed it to develop weapons which will penetrate US defenses and sink its carriers and subs. The US should retaliate by taxing Chinese exports to the US to recover the value of the assets China has stolen.

The latest scandal:

Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.

Key compromises uncovered so far include sensitive data on Aegis battle management systems that are the core of U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers. China covertly obtained the Aegis technology and earlier this year deployed its first Aegis warship, code-named Magic Shield, intelligence officials have said.

The Chinese also obtained sensitive data on U.S. submarines, including classified details related to the new Virginia-class attack submarines.

Officials said based on a preliminary assessment, China now will be able to track U.S. submarines, a compromise that potentially could be devastating if the United States enters a conflict with China in defending Taiwan.

China also is thought to have obtained information from the spy ring that will assist Chinese military development of electromagnetic pulse weapons — weapons that simulate the electronic shock caused by a nuclear blast — that disrupt electronics.

It also is thought to have obtained unmanned aerial vehicle technology from the spy ring.

Mr. Chi and his wife were born in China and are naturalized American citizens. Mr. Tai and his wife are resident aliens who came to the United States from China in May 2001.

FBI Agent James E. Gaylord stated in an affidavit made public Monday that Mr. Chi had access to Navy technical records, schematics and other documents that, while unclassified, were “restricted” and barred from foreign distribution.

The good news is that knowing that the enemy has these secrets enables engineers to take countermeasures – changing radar frequencies, submarine drive signatures and EMP footprints. I doubt the Chinese will attack Taiwan until after it hosts the Olympics in 2008, so there’s time to get this done.

Plus, if US counterintelligence has done its job, it will have fed false data to the Chinese so they won’t know what to trust.

Obviously US security has gotten lax and that has to be fixed.

But China has to pay a big price for this. I suggest that the US computes the economic value of the assets stolen and levies duties on Chinese imports that recover this over a short period. Say $100 billion. That will get their attention.


Dollars, Euros and Pounds

November 5, 2005

The foreign exchange markets have decided that the President won’t be paralyzed by Fitzgerald and the Dems – the Dollar is at its strongest against the Euro for 6 months (1.81) and the Brit Pound is also strong. I blame the French.

Traders claim to trade on economic fundamentals – trade balances and interest rates. But I’ve watched them carefully, and believe that although these have some effect, feelings about the soundness of currencies are more significant.

This is reasonable – traders’ big exposures are unexpected discontinuities, for example Katrina taking out US oil production (which of course it did not). Plus, every nation has some sort of underlying problem – the US current account deficit, the Eurozone’s moribund economy, Brit state pension liabilities, China’s drift to war with Taiwan. Which domino will fall first is very hard to call.

So as soon as a nation looks flaky, they sell its currency.

The Euro is weak because Paris suburbs are burning, and the dollar is strong because the President is undamaged, Iraq is moving towards democracy and Katrina had little effect. Brit sterling is holding up because it isn’t the Euro.

If sustained, this is good news for the Eurozone – its exports should improve!