The Corner

‘Cultural Values’

Another attempted “honor” killing, this time in Arizona. Two women in hospital, one with life-threatening injuries. Their crime? According to the younger girl’s father, she was becoming too “westernized.”

I was struck by this passage:

Peter-Ali Almaleki said he loves his sister and that should she not have to be suffering her injuries. But he added that the family lives by different cultural values.

“One thing to one culture doesn’t make sense to another culture,” he added.

This would be a less ludicrous argument if Mr. Almaleki hadn’t run down his daughter in a Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s all a bit culture à la carte, isn’t it? Infidel motor vehicles, fine. Infidel guarantees on individual rights, no way. Maybe when you’re such a sorry excuse of a believer that you’re incapable of pulling off your lousy “honor killing” without resorting to a Grand Cherokee, you’re the one who’s becoming “too westernized.”  

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.