Re: Beheaded in Buffalo: The Honor Killing of Asiya Z. Hassan
- From: gmatter2008@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 21:47:43 -0800 (PST)
On Feb 15, 6:01 am, Poe <haun...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Haven't seen anything on this. He's proven she was right to try to keep
him away. Sadly these "honor killings" are becoming too common in the US.
Interesting tidbit in the long article below: "In 2004, Muzzamil Hassan
founded Bridges TV, an English-language Islamic network to combat
alleged anti-Muslim bias in the American media". Hmm... this won't help.
Only posting this particular article about the crime because of its
depth, NOT for the associated political commentary/comments at the end.
Since it happened a couple days ago there are numerous reports on other
websites but they're shallow in comparison.
Beheaded in Buffalo: The Honor Killing of Asiya Z. Hassan
On February 13, 2009, in Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, 44 year-old
Muzzamil Hassan, a prominent Muslim businessman was arrested for having
be-headed his wife, 37 year-old Aasiya Z. Hassan. Yes, he beheaded her.
Aasiya’s crime? She dared to obtain an order of protection which forced
her violent husband out of their home.
We are now sadly familiar with some high profile Islamic beheadings of
infidels in Muslim lands; Daniel Pearl, Nicholas Berg, immediately come
to mind. Sadly, we are also familiar with the practice of beheading,
dismembering, burying alive, and stoning Muslim (and sometimes
Christian) women to death in Muslim lands. But this took place in a
suburb of Buffalo, New York, in America, Land of the Free and Home of
the Brave. What can this mean? Why behead a wife who wanted a divorce
and who wanted to live free of daily violence? Why didn’t Hassan just
agree to a divorce?
Because this foul murder is very probably an honor killing, a crime
which has little to do with western-style domestic violence. Erie County
District Attorney Frank A Sedita III has it all wrong. He commented:
“Obviously, this is the worst form of domestic violence possible.”
Yes, domestic violence exists in all countries. Femicide, like homicide,
also exists everywhere. But honor killings follow another, and quite
distinct profile. I am about to publish an academic paper in Middle East
Quarterly on this very subject. Although I do not, as yet, know all the
details of this Buffalo case, let me say that one feature of at least
half of all the honor killings that I have studied, involved the kind of
barbaric cruelty that we associate either with western serial killers,
Muslim terrorists, or with relatively ordinary Muslim families vis a vis
their daughters and their wives.
According to my preliminary study, the majority of honor killings in the
West are committed by Muslims. Hindus and Sikhs, who also come from
shame and honor societies, do commit honor murders but they seem to do
so far less frequently. Daniel Pipes and MEQ might decide to publish my
article online sooner rather than later, (or so he told me yesterday),
but until that time, I am reluctant to pre-empt its publication or to
share its findings.
In the Mumbai massacre, Muslim terrorists tortured and mutilated living
beings and perhaps corpses as well. Perhaps they wanted to render their
hated victims “deader than dead” as has been suggested in a recent
Symposium in Frontpage in which I participated. Simple death was not
enough to render their victims powerless. A beheading suggests that the
murderer wants to separate his victim’s mind from her body, he does not
want to hear what she has to say, he wants her mute, beyond what duct
tape can do and he wants her completely severed, disassociated from her
ability to flee.
But this honor killing in Buffalo is very important for another reason.
More at link:
Yet another rant about islam and honor killings. If anything this
incident proves that everyone is susceptible to human weaknesses and
passions (including muslims). This is a crime of passion. Its absurd
logic that would link this incident to religion.
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