Friday, August 18, 2006

Another Lynching

A woman gets her throat slit in Italy by her Uncle and father for dating a non-Muslim when they wanted her to marry her cousin instead.

1) This isn't 'the conquest of Europe by '. This is more like the lynchings in the 1920s US South- an act of angry brutality from a group of losers whose way of life is slipping away in the face of modernity. This too will pass.

2) The Italian government requires applicants for citizenship to embrace "fundamental" rights, including the right of a woman "to choose her own life". This is as it should be.

3) This is indeed a fundamental Western value. You can thank the Enlightenment for that too.

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