There was a report on NPR the other day that made me literally sick to my stomach. There are tribes in Iraq that practice "honor killings". The men of the family can kill a woman if she has disgraced the family. In the story they talk about a 16 year old girl who was kidnapped. The kidnappers threatened to rape her and kill her if her brother did not quit the police force. The brother quit and the girl was returned but because having sex outside of marriage, rape or consensual, brings shame on the family and she could have been raped she was shot by her cousin. Honor killings are common and are rarely investigated by the police. They are also used as a cover for domestic violence. It aggravates me because we are over there "liberating" the Iraqi people but who exactly are we "liberating", obviously not the women.
- Again, I Say, Are we Idiots?
- It’s been way too long….