Allah's Rapists

Our enemies are even more barbaric than we thought.

After we ended our "Hearts of Darkness" series by defining what people call the "War on Terror" as the "Fight Against Barbarism," we were reminded how few Americans realize just how barbaric the barbarism we're fighting can be.  The Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, received a story from their Baghdad correspondent which began:

A woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

Most Muslim rape victims would rather die than try to live with the shame.  European women of Muslim descent, brought up in a rather more permissive culture but expected to marry in a traditional way, are signing up for hymen restoration surgery so that they can find husbands; many Islamic men are serious about wanting to marry virgins.  In traditional Islamic culture, a non-widow non-virgin is essentially unmarriageable.

Westerners have little if any appreciation of how desperate a woman can become when she has no prospect of marriage and no other means of support.  We've pointed out that for millennia, women, who couldn't hunt because nursing babies cry and scare away the game and who weren't strong enough to farm, depended on men to feed them.  In Islamic cultures where women aren't allowed to go to school and can't get jobs, being unable to marry is a death sentence.

Samira Jassam, 51, was arrested by Iraqi police and confessed to recruiting the women and orchestrating dozens of attacks.

Women are generally less prone to violence than men are so it's harder to persuade them to kill themselves, even to please Allah.  The reward for men who martyr themselves killing non-Muslims is 76 virgins; what good would that do a woman?

On the other hand, women aren't searched as closely as men and their traditional robes are convenient for hiding explosives, so they're more likely to be able to deliver their bombs to the target than men are.  In arranging for potential recruits to be raped so that they would essentially have no future, Ms. Jassam sought to make it easier for her to persuade them to become suicide bombers.

In a video confession, she explained how she had mentally prepared the women for martyrdom operations, passed them on to terrorists who provided explosives, and then took the bombers to their targets.

The "verse of the sword" in the Koran states that Allah requires faithful Muslims to kill or enslave non-Muslims.  In recruiting women to become suicide bombers, Ms. Jassam was fulfilling the will of Allah stated in the Koran, by enslaving Muslim women and persuading them to kill themselves and other Muslims as a means of murdering what few infidels might be in the vicinity.

By recruiting the 80 women who carried out at least 28 attacks, she was responsible for killing more people than if she'd committed suicide herself.  In addition to killing more people, her strategy meant that she didn't have to die to serve Allah, a definite up-side to her interpretation of the Koran's instruction.

Her strategy was equally beneficial to the men who helped her "recruit" the women - they didn't have to die a martyr's death to get access to virgins, they had them provided right here in this life!

We wonder why this sort of thing doesn't get much mention in our mainstream media.  Mr. Bush is no longer our President; admitting that there are unsavory aspects to Islam would no longer provide aid and comfort to Mr. Bush and might serve to inform Americans what we're up against.

We also wonder what American feminists think of this.  Raping a woman to destroy her future and make it easier to recruit her as a suicide bomber would seem to fall under the feminists' definition of "chauvinist male exploitation," yet they appear utterly unconcerned.

Islamic neighborhoods are becoming no-go areas for non-Muslims in Britain and Canada.  Genital mutilation continues, and "honor killings" occur in Europe when Muslim girls date non-Muslims.  Muslims are serious about wanting to practice sharia law wherever they migrate.

Given that women would bear the brunt of any imposition of Muslim customs, why aren't prominent American women saying anything about it?  Or do they simply think it can't happen here?  It's already happening in Europe, that shining light which American liberals are always saying we should emulate.

What about non-violent Muslims?  When a Christian zealot bombed abortion mills on the grounds that abortion was murder, his vigilante actions were roundly condemned by mainstream Christians.  In stark and despicable contrast, almost all Muslims are silent about their barbaric co-religionists.

As Italy's Prime Minister Berlusconi pointed out, Islam needs a reformation to end their current wave of barbarism just as Catholicism needed a Reformation to end the Inquisition.  It's going to be extremely difficult for our irreligious leadership elites to cope with faith-inspired Muslim barbarism in the meantime.

If arranging rapes of innocent girls so as to con them into becoming suicide bombers isn't barbaric, evil, and inhuman, then the words have no meaning; and if we're not going to protest this horror, we have no right to protest anything at all.

Will Offensicht is a staff writer for and an internationally published author by a different name.  Read other articles by Will Offensicht or other articles on Foreign Affairs.
Reader Comments
Starting at Home, Iran's Women Fight for Rights
Iranian women are showing growing determination to achieve equal status in this conservative Muslim country.

Seems as if they have a ways to go.
February 13, 2009 8:21 AM
I guess the Iraqi police didn't get them all.

KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - A female suicide bomber blew herself up in a crowd of Shi'ite pilgrims on Friday, killing 32 people and wounding 84 others south of Baghdad during one of the holiest events of the Shi'ite calendar, police said.
February 13, 2009 10:16 AM
If the post at hte link below is at all accurate, the article above is an understatement. Of course, at the the Imam speaks of it was traditional to kill all them men and enslave the women after a battle. If that's how the Koran is being applied today, we're in for some interesting times.

According to the post, the Muslims claimed that the judge who sentenced their Imam to jail for raping a non-Muslim woman was discriminating against Islam.
February 13, 2009 4:53 PM
The tactic used by this woman is totally despicable and by no means to be approved. The social condition of women's subordination to men that prevails in Islam is similar to that which long prevailed in Christianity. Even today, fundamentalist Christians insist on women' subordination, claiming it is God's will according to Genesis 3.16. That is a contradiction of Gen 1.27: God created humankind male and female in the divine image and gave them dominion over the rest of creation. Male domination of women is a result of the "fall"-it is the condition created by sin. Equality of the sexes is the goal of restoration. Islam needs a reformation, but it will have to come from within Islam. It's nothing we can accomplish by violence or war. In the Bible, Numbers 31 describes the war of Israel against the Midianites. Israelite men were permitted to capture virgins in war as booty. All males and women who had had sexual intercourse were slaughtered.
February 14, 2009 9:01 PM
@archibald - I'm glad you think this monster's actions are "by no means to be approved." Talk about faint damns!

It's certainly true that we can't cause a reformation of Islam by war on them - but then, really, that's not the goal. Our only rational goal is to protect ourselves from their depravity. How is it a good idea to allow Islamist terrorists of any sort into Western nations? And what possible point are you trying to make by citing thousand-year-old slaughters to minimize barbarism going on today? "The other guy did it before" is no excuse.

We may not be able to save Muslims from themselves - but we sure as heck ought to try to save ourselves and our fellow civilized people from them. When you come right down to it, that's the fundamental purpose of government - and any government that isn't willing to do that, isn't worthy of the name. It's abundantly clear that to do so requires force and violence, perhaps rising to the level of war. If we don't take the war over there, it will surely come here, as it did on 9-11, in London, in Madrid, and many other places around the world.
February 14, 2009 11:08 PM
"We may not be able to save Muslims from themselves - but we sure as heck ought to try to save ourselves from them"

Brilliant line.
February 15, 2009 10:35 AM
Check this out...

NY Muslim Charged with Beheading His Wife.

And get this - he founded a TV station a few years ago to TO PORTRAY MUSLIMS IN A BETTER LIGHT.

Wow, if you want people to start thinking better of Muslims how about you stop beheading your wives.
February 16, 2009 12:08 PM
Muslim women seem to have it pretty bad all 'round.

This article

quotes an Egyptian Imam holding forth on the subject of divorce. Note his comparisons:

What's the point of having an animal you can ride, if it drives you nuts? The distance it takes you you could cover in a bus for a quarter of an Egyptian pound, but you have to spend 100 pounds on this animal. Sell it, and get rid of it. Would anyone blame you for selling it? Would anyone say: "Shame on him for selling it"? It's only an animal.

If a man is completely fed up with his apartment, because he has bad neighbors, and the apartment is falling apart, would anyone blame him for selling it and say: "Shame on you, how can you sell it? This is where you were born and raised." This apartment does not suit him anymore. I have bad neighbors, and I don't feel good in it.

The same goes for the woman. If a woman has such bad character that her husband does not feel comfortable with her, there is nothing to prevent him from divorcing her. What are we, Christians?!

The Imam wants to know, "What are we, Christians?" You might want to think about that one for a while.
February 19, 2009 9:42 PM
Video of Taliban Flogging Rattles Pakistan
The images of a young girl being whipped in Swat have raised questions again about the government's peace deal with the militants in the region.

Amazing! It took a recent video to "raise questions?" Where has the NY Times been while the militants decapitate people? Or assassinated Mrs. Bhutto? Will they catch on now?
April 4, 2009 10:51 AM
The Taliban appear to have murdered a couple who were running away to get married:

The Taleban in Afghanistan have publicly killed a young couple who they said had tried to run away to get married, officials say.

The man, 21, and woman, 19, were shot dead on Monday in front of a mosque in the south-western province of Nimroz.
April 14, 2009 9:16 AM
The NY Times reports that women do not have it so good in Pakistan:

Not a Victim, but a Hero
A Pakistani girl musters the courage to publicly fight her rapists, despite threats to her family.
July 26, 2009 6:44 AM
The NY Times magazine reports on women who were planing to be suicide bombers but were caught before blowing themselves up.

Many of the women live in isolated communities dominated by extremists, where radical understandings of Islam are the norm. In such places, women are often powerless to control much about their lives; they cannot choose whom they marry, how many children to have or whether they can go to school beyond the primary years. Becoming a suicide bomber is a choice of sorts that gives some women a sense of being special, with a distinguished destiny.

Her choice of suicide was not entirely hers to make. The suicide vests the cell gave to participants were outfitted with remote detonators so that someone else could explode the would-be bomber if she somehow failed to do it herself. This was a relatively new aspect of suicide bombing in Iraq. A second person, with a second detonator, would go on the mission to ensure against changes of heart. "One day this woman, Shaima, said, 'I am ready.' I saw Shaima when they put the vest on her. It was very heavy. With Shaima, they exploded her, she did not explode herself. There were five or six killed."

August 16, 2009 9:05 PM
The Wall Street Journal discusses Iranian law:

If an Iranian prosecutor has his way, a 43-year-old mother of two will soon be taken from her cell in Tabriz prison, wrapped in a white shroud, buried up to her chest in a dirt pit, and stoned to death. In accordance with Iran's penal code, the rocks pelted at her head will be big enough to inflict pain, but not large enough to kill her immediately. It will take time-maybe half an hour-for her to die.

Welcome to Iranian justice, where the testimony of a woman is worth half that of a man, and gays are hanged in the public square.

The Islamic Republic insists that the crimes of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani are manifold. A poor Azeri who speaks little Persian, Ms. Ashtiani was first found guilty by an East Azerbaijan court in May 2006 of having "illicit relationships" with two men. For this, she was lashed 99 times.

In another trial several months later, she was sentenced to stoning for alleged adultery with the man accused of murdering her husband. Last Sunday the head of the East Azerbaijan Judiciary told the Islamic Republic News Agency that, in addition to these sexual crimes, Ms. Ashtiani was also convicted of the murder itself.

Following a campaign by her two children, the Western press and various politicians and celebrities, the Iranian embassy in London issued a statement last week saying the stoning was suspended. Yet Ms. Ashtiani's fate remains unclear. Her lawyer, Mohammad Mostafai, says that the stay is ambiguous and that there's a "very serious chance" of execution by other means, like hanging.

The chief of the judiciary in her province confirmed that "whenever the respectable head of the judiciary [Sadeq Larijani] finds it expedient, the execution of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will be carried out." Tehran has banned newspapers and TV stations from reporting accurately on Ms. Ashtiani's case. Most Iranians don't even know her name. Meanwhile, we hear that her 22-year-old son Sajad has been summoned by the Tabriz intelligence ministry. Our calls to him went unanswered.

Ten other Iranians accused of adultery (seven women and three men) currently await the same medieval punishment for their "crime against God," according to Amnesty International. The silver lining in all of this is that the public outcry is making a difference. If only the Obama Administration understood this lesson.
July 18, 2010 10:31 AM
The Taliban are becoming more confident of eventual victory in Afghanistan:

In Bold Display, Taliban Order Stoning Deaths
The killing of a couple who tried to elope was the Taliban's first public execution since their fall from power.
August 17, 2010 4:55 PM
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