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March 22, 2005
Honor Killings Rising In Europe

Police across Europe report that Muslim honor killings have increased significantly on the Continent, and only now do they recognize the phenomenon. AFP reports that Britain has provided leadership on this issue and that the killings may be more numerous than any of the nations presume:

Known cases of murder and rape committed to protect a family's honour are on the rise across Europe, forcing police to explore the reasons behind such crimes and how to stop them.

At a two-day conference in London, British police have been spearheading a campaign to fight so-called honour-based violence, typically committed against women to protect a family's reputation.

The problem is greatest in Islamic communities in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa, but it has spread as families migrate, bringing their traditional values with them. ... British authorities have started to properly recognise honour crimes over the past three years, but it is a problem that affected countries throughout Europe, where police are only just becoming aware, according to Richards.

Where Muslim communities have been allowed to remain insular through political correctness, like in Germany as I posted earlier, they have brought with them their customs and traditions. Among the less noble of these are the chattel laws that reduce women to commodities in Islamist communities. Their families force them into marriages at young ages, and when they resist, the women wind up beaten, raped, or worse. In some cases, women become the vessel through which clans receive punishment, like Mukhtar Mai's gang-rape in Pakistan.

When Europe experienced Muslim migration in asnwer to its chronic shortage of cheap labor as well as the inevitable result of its colonial history, the scolds of the left warned against efforts to get the new migrants to assimilate into Western culture. The result, especially in the most leftist of these countries, are Muslim communities with little loyalty to their countries and almost no connection to the laws and norms of traditional European society and justice. European leadership has remained so clueless that they can't even know for sure that honor killings and rapes have increased -- just that they have learned to distinguish them better.

This should provide an object lesson for countries like the US and other Western nations that take in large amounts of immigrants. Allowing segregated societies to flourish especially by providing services in multiple languages as the norm only creates interest groups with less connection to the central society. In the extreme, it means that the governments cannot conduct their basic raison d'etre -- the protection of its citizens. Assimilation should always be the goal, not undue accommodation.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at March 22, 2005 11:33 AM

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