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December 24, 2005

Pakistan Man Slits Daughter's Throat For Marrying For Love

And then, just to be a completist, he murders his defiant daughter's three younger sisters, too, aged 4 to 12.

Sorry to be so obvious, but this control-of-women thing is pretty f'd up. A lot of the worst psychological pathologies are tied up and mixed up with the sexual drive. The same seems to be true of some of the worst cultural/political pathologies.

The historian Bernard Lewis cites the feeling fundamentalist men have of losing control of their women due to modern ideas as one of the deepest sources of hatred of the West.

FOR a long time now there has been a rising tide of rebellion against this Western paramountcy, and a desire to reassert Muslim values and restore Muslim greatness. The Muslim has suffered successive stages of defeat. The first was his loss of domination in the world, to the advancing power of Russia and the West. The second was the undermining of his authority in his own country, through an invasion of foreign ideas and laws and ways of life and sometimes even foreign rulers or settlers, and the enfranchisement of native non-Muslim elements. The third -- the last straw -- was the challenge to his mastery in his own house, from emancipated women and rebellious children. It was too much to endure, and the outbreak of rage against these alien, infidel, and incomprehensible forces that had subverted his dominance, disrupted his society, and finally violated the sanctuary of his home was inevitable. It was also natural that this rage should be directed primarily against the millennial enemy and should draw its strength from ancient beliefs and loyalties.

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