Saturday, January 30, 2010

This Parallels The "Palestinian Victimization" Phenomenom

In the following story, simply switch Muzzammil for the "Palestinians" and his wife Aasiya and there you have an understanding of out own local conflict:

The Buffalo Beheading Case and Other Odd Legal Defenses

"She made me do it." That pretty much summarizes Muzzammil Hassan's planned legal strategy to explain how his wife Aasiya ended up headless last February in the Buffalo-area studios of Bridges TV, the channel they had founded to counter negative portrayals of Islam:

Through his new lawyer, Muzzammil S. "Mo" Hassan claimed Friday [January 23] that he was a "battered spouse" who was left emotionally out of control by the constant abuse his wife inflicted on him. Hassan's lawyer, Frank M. Bogulski, called the legal defense the first of its kind in the country.

"The spouse was the dominant figure in this relationship," Bogulski told a reporter afterward. "He was the victim. She was verbally abusive. She had humiliated him."

Just one problem with trying to depict him as a "battered spouse": a former Bridges TV news director describes rail-thin Aasiya as "gentle" and insists that she "never ever heard her disparage" Muzzammil, who is over six feet tall and burly, as seen in numerous online pictures — the last of which shows him receiving an award from CAIR.

Two comments: First, it is not just the ferocity of the slaying that suggests an honor murder; we now have the defendant characteristically painting himself as the victim while asserting that his dead wife bears responsibility for her own demise. Second, though laughable by Western standards, Hassan's explanation would assure him of little more than a wrist slap in Islamic courts, which are notorious for leniency toward honor killers. Such are the ways of Shari'a law.

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