Double Dishonor Murder in Texas

Posted in Broader Middle East | 05-Jan-08 | Author: Judith Apter Klinghoffer| Source: History News Network

Why am I posting the facebook picture of Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17? No, I am not posting their pictures because they were "extremely smart — like geniuses." Nor am I doing so because they had been enrolled in advanced placement classes or were active in soccer and tennis at suburban Lewisville High School in Texas? No, I am posting their pictures because they are no more.

It seems that their own father shot them in cold blood and left them to bleed to death in his taxi cab surrounded by their school books and disappeared. One of the girls, we do not know which one, called 911 to tell them she "was dying." By the time the police found them they were dead, indeed.

So, here we go again. What does an angry Muslim father do when his his daughters challenge his authority? He murders them in the name of Islam:

Yaser Abdel Said, 50, was wanted on a warrant for capital murder after police say he shot the girls Tuesday and left them to die in his taxi, which was found parked in front a hotel in Las Colinas, a suburb north of Dallas. Police said Mr. Said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Mr. Said is described as about 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black turtleneck shirt, a brown coat and tan pants. He is believed to have a handgun.

Their classmates expressed their sorrow in the way American teens do, with a candle light vigil.

I am sure that sensitivity training specialists, some of them Muslims spokespersons, will be telling them that the murder has nothing to do with Islam. That crazies can be found everywhere. And, yet, I doubt the student will be convinced. Nor can we be any longer. The evidence to the contrary keeps mounting.

The issue is not Islamophobia but a rented veil. 9/11 seriously tore the veil and since then, the more we learn, the more horrified we become. The growing Muslim diaspora merely makes matters worse. It means that we cannot shut out the horrors. They are found in our midst. Instead of trying to improve (yes, improve) the disposition of its extremist members, the irresponsible diaspora leadership focuses on trying to shame us into pretending that we just do not see.

It does not work and will not work. Nothing proves it better than the hostile reception Saudi King Abdallah got in Britain and Muamar Kaddafi got in France. Indeed, when Americans are joining Europeans in voting against climate change, energy dependence or immigration, what they really yearn for is a divorce from a world whose values they can no longer stomach.