This month, in Australia, there were two news reports that featured Muslim men, after their non-Muslim girlfriend broke off their relationship, reacting with extreme violence.
A casual observer would see no difference between what these men did and the acts of non-Muslim men who kill, or try to kill, either their ex or their own child, after a relationship is broken off. But if one has read, for example, the recent 'Spengler' article (flagged here at NER in October) on the wider meaning of the fact that the Quran permits wife-beating
one knows that there is a difference between a western man, who even as he stalks, attacks and kills must know at some level that he is breaking the Law of his society, that he will be punished for the vengeful violence he employs against his woman or his child, and a Muslim man, whose culture entitles him to use violence, who when he beats or kills knows that he has the permission - even the approval - of his family and his social group; who knows that sharia says he may beat a rebellious woman or kill a woman who 'dishonours' him, and that sharia permits him to kill his own child without incurring punishment.
Given that, let us contemplate these two cases, both horrifying, together with one additional piece of information: that in 1994 in Australian journalist Geraldine Brook's book on Muslim women, 'Nine Parts of Desire', she mentions a British study of family violence, recently completed, that had found that women married to Muslim men were eight times more likely to be killed by their spouses than any other women in Britain.
From a newspaper on Queensland's Gold Coast resort strip:
'Woman's tongue cut out in torture case'.
'A charge of torture has been laid against a South Australian man who allegedly cut off a woman's tongue with a knife and sliced each side of her mouth open.
'Mohammed Tasleem Tahir, 21, today faced the Southport Magistrates Court charged with torture, acts intended to maim and disfigure, and grievous bodily harm, over the weekend attack in Surfers Paradise.
'Police will allege 20-year-old Catherine Cameron was rushed to hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning with a 4 cm slash to the right side of her mouth and a 2 cm slash to the left with exposed her mouth cavity.
'She also allegedly had her tongue cut in half and her fractured eye socket will require a metal plate to be inserted.
'Court documents allege the woman had come to the Gold Coast six months ago, leaving behind her de facto partner, Mr Tahir, in South Australia. She told police she changed her name and phone number to start afresh but was allegedly confronted by Mr Tahir at her Surfers Paradise unit around 1.30 am who wanted to 'repair' the relationship.
'The documents allege Mr Tahir held her in a head lock and bashed her repeatedly with an empty Bundaberg Rum bottle before pulling out a knife. He allegedly held it to her throat before placing it in her mouth and cutting her lips and tongue. Police will allege he then took her into the bedroom and attempted to strangle her on her bed, only stopping when she went limp and pretended to be unconscious.
'Worried neighbours called triple-zero after hearing sounds of a violent struggle and police allegedly found Mr Tahir in the apartment living room and located a bloodied rum bottle...
'Mr Tahir will face court that day via videolink from prison'.
I am not surprised, after reading this account, that she had fled across three states to try to get away from him.
The second story is from Melbourne, Victoria. A young non-Muslim woman formed a relationship with a Turkish Muslim man (whether born in Australia to immigrant parents, or immigrating as a child, is not clear); they had a daughter and were engaged to be married, but then the engagement ended; it seems likely the girl broke it off. The man, Ramazan Acar, abducted and violently murdered their toddler daughter. It is worth remembering that under Australian law when a de facto relationship of this kind breaks down, the mother would normally gain primary custody of the child; whereas under sharia a Muslim man always has custody of any children he fathers.
From the Herald Sun, an account of the first hearing of the case:
'Meadow Heights man Ramazan Acar charged over murder of daughter'.
'A man charged with killing his two-year-old daughter has been ordered to undergo psychiatric assessments.
'Ramazan Acar, 24, faced the Melbourne Magistrates Court this morning over the murder of his daughter Yazmina D'Argent, who was found dead in grassland in Melbourne's north yesterday. HIs case was adjourned until March 3 next year...
'The court ordered the Meadow Heights man to be assessed by a psychiatric nurse before his next hearing.
'In an out of sessions hearing last night, a court heard Mr Acar allegedly threatened to kill his daughter several times after he picked her up from his ex-partner. Yazmina was allegedly driven across Melbourne by Mr Acar before being dumped in Greenvale. Mr Acar was charged with the toddler's murder last night.
'Sen-Det. Constable Scott Jones, of the homicide squad, told the out-of-sessions hearing Mr Acar arrived at his former partner's address in Hallam, in far southeastern Melbourne, at 6.10 pm on Wednesday and a short time later took Yazmina with him.
'Police will allege Yazmina's mother made several calls to Mr Acar, who threatened to kill the girl as he drove across Melbourne to Campbellfield.
"Ultimately the accused has attended an address in the Campbellfield area where he removed the child from the car and a number of stab wounds resulted in the child's death", Sen-Det. Jones told the hearing. "Mr Acar has then allegedly driven from where he dumped his daughter to another address where he burns the car and flees the scene in a second car."
'Sen-Det. Jones told the hearing a post-mortem examination found that Yazmina had died of multiple stab wounds...
'Sources told the Herald Sun Mr Acar had allegedly been under surveillance at some point after Yazmina was taken from the house. Homicide squad detectives were last night trying to solve the tragic riddle of what happened in the period after Yazmina was taken, which happened 55 km from were her body was found. They were led to grassland beside a fence near the Greenvale Reservoir at 1.35 am where they made the awful discovery.
'Mr Acar was arrested two hours later at Epping by heavily-armed officers from the special operations group...It is believed he was being tailed by police when the Toyota was set alight in Merri Concourse, Campbellfield, at 10.30 pm on Wednesday....".
And a report that fills in a little more background detail on the case, such as the non-Muslim name of the mother -
'Tears flow for stabbed toddler Yazmina Acar'.
'Yazmina Acar should have been celebrating her third birthday tomorrow. Instead, family will be preparing her funeral.
'Their grief will be compounded by the fact that the bubbly toddler's father, Ramazan Acar, is behind bars, charged with her stabbing murder...
'Sources told the Herald Sun Mr Acar of Meadow Heights was waiting at ex-fiance Rachelle D'Argent's house in Hallam on Wednesday night, and told her he wanted to take their daughter to the milk bar to buy lollies.
'Ms D'Argent, 24, agreed, but became worried when they didn't return, and phoned police.
'Yazmina's body was found in grassland at Greenvale, in Melbourne's north, early on Thursday morning...
'Grandfather George D'Argent said the toddler, nicknamed Mini or Mina, was loved by those around her..."We're still coming to grips with what happened. We're still trying to make (sense) of exactly why it happened"...
(Mr D'Argent may not be able to make sense of the murder, but those of us who have read Nonie Darwish and other critics and analysts of Muslim 'culture' know that in that 'culture' "a man's honour lies between a woman's legs." A man's 'honor' depends on his being able to maintain total control over 'his' females and offspring. If they rebel, he has the right to kill them. IF Mr D'Argent's daughter initiated the breaking of the relationship - and if so, one wonders what it was that led her to make that decision - this would, since she thus took herself and the child out of Mr Acar's control, be perceived by Mr Acar as damaging his 'honour', such that he could only regain it by violent punishment of the rebel/s. He killed the little girl first; but Ms D'Argent would likely also have been attacked. It is also possible that at some level, conscious or unconscious, Ramazan Acar might have chosen to murder his daughter rather than risk her growing up to be a non-Muslim, under the influence of her non-Muslim mother and grandparents. - CM)
'Mr Acar, 23, regularly detailed his feelings and movements on his Facebook page during the day and night, declaring his love for Yazmina. The posts - made via mobile phone - are expected to be examined as part of the homicide squad investigation. At one stage he wrote "I lv (love) u Mimi", in an apparent reference to his daughter. In another post, he says he is at a cemetery, next to his grandmother's grave. At one stage he says: "Tha truth iz im in love".
(He took his helpless little two-year-old daughter and stabbed her multiple times. Rather a strange way to show 'love'. - CM).
'Ms D'Argent and Mr Acar were childhood sweethearts before breaking off their engagement several months ago.
'Mr Acar was ordered to undergo psychiatric assessment during a hearing at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court yesterday...
'An out-of-sessions hearing on Thursday night heard Mr Acar drove to an address in Campbellfield where he is alleged to have stabbed his daughter several times. He is accused of dumping her body at Greenvale before returning to Campbellfield, where he set his car on fire."
Advice to non-Muslim women in western countries, contemplating romance with a Muslim man: DON'T - CM.