Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

December 28, 2005

Update from The Religion of Peace

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:30 pm

AP reports this story from the dar al-Islam:

Pakistan – Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family’s “honor” — a crime that shocked Pakistan.

Ahmed’s killing spree — witnessed by his wife Rehmat Bibi as she cradled their 3 month-old baby son — happened Friday night at their home in the cotton-growing village of Gago Mandi in eastern Punjab province.

Bibi recounted how she was woken by a shriek as Ahmed put his hand to the mouth of his stepdaughter Muqadas and cut her throat with a machete. Bibi looked helplessly on from the corner of the room as he then killed the three girls — Bano, 8, Sumaira, 7, and Humaira, 4 — pausing between the slayings to brandish the bloodstained knife at his wife, warning her not to intervene or raise alarm.

“I was shivering with fear. I did not know how to save my daughters,” Bibi, sobbing, told AP by phone from the village. “I begged my husband to spare my daughters but he said, ‘If you make a noise, I will kill you.’”

“The whole night the bodies of my daughters lay in front of me,” she said.

But he had a reason, you see:

Speaking to AP in the back of police pickup truck late Tuesday as he was shifted to a prison in the city of Multan, Ahmed showed no contrition. Appearing disheveled but composed, he said he killed Muqadas because she had [allegedly] committed adultery, and his daughters because he didn’t want them to do the same when they grew up.

“I thought the younger girls would do what their eldest sister had done, so they should be eliminated,” he said, his hands cuffed, his face unshaven.

Read that last paragraph again. He killed his own 8-, 7-, and 4-year-old daughters, because they might, someday in the distant future, commit adultery.

This is utter insanity — in the name of the “religion of peace,” no less!

Even in case of the older daugher — the one who was actually married and therefore theoretically capable of committing adultery — the adultery accusation sounds like a hoax:

Despite Ahmed’s contention that Muqadas had committed adultery — a claim made by her husband — the rights commission reported that according to local people, Muqadas had fled her husband because he had abused her and forced her to work in a brick-making factory.

Police have said they do not know the identity or whereabouts of Muqadas’ alleged lover.

But don’t worry! Like any good leftist, Ahmed endorses the standard liberal line on the “root causes” of crime:

“We are poor people and we have nothing else to protect but our honor.”

Now all he has to do is write a childrens’ book about “honor,” and the Tookie-supporters will set up a legal defense fund and demonstrate for his release.

(Hat tip: Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, who blames President Bush and his “Religion of Peace” rhetoric.)

European ‘Reflections’

Filed under: — Different River @ 11:00 pm


Part of a series called “euroPART” and created by artists from all 25 member countries of the European Union, the posters were meant to “reflect on the different social, historical and political developements in Europe”, said art project 25peaces, which commissioned the posters.

To see how European Union artists “reflect on the different social, historical and political developements,” read the full story.


Photo-Blogging an Airplane Accident

Filed under: — Different River @ 10:00 pm

An Alaska Airlines plane sprung a foot-long hole and depressurized in mid-air, and one passenger named Jeremy Hermanns took some pictures and posted them, along with his version of the story, on his blog.

Then, some people posted nasty comments about his story and pictures — from IP addresses registered to Alaska Airlines!

Not exactly a way to increase confidence in their airline after a harrowing, if ultimately not terribly harmful, accident.

They even accused him of selling the pictures to the media — and thinking only of money during the emergency landing. But, he didn’t sell them; he just posted them on his blog.

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