Iraq: was it worth it?Who is this girl?
Iraq: our soldiers died for this?
Iraq: I told you so
She is — or was — seventeen-year-old Rand Abdel-Qater. Now she's a statistic, a sad statistic: another victim of the way the Islamic religion is being practiced across the Middle East.
Her father now boasts of "having stamped on, suffocated and then stabbed his daughter to death," with the help of his sons. He then threw her in a grave, her uncles spat on her body. And I don't really care to pass along any of the subhuman celebrations and rationalizations of these monsters.
Her crime? Immoral sex? You know they're hard on women who sleep around. No, it wasn't that. Rand died a virgin.
It was that she had feelings for a (non-Muslim) British soldier. That was enough to move her father to murder her brutally.
The police (he says) knew of it and questioned him. But he's free now, bragging that the "police congratulated him on what he had done."
And this is in Iraq. The country we liberated.
I agreed with what President Bush did, I think it makes sense on many levels, I think more free countries in the Middle East is a great thing for the world.
But my reservations are the same that I have registered once and again: the American experiment worked to the degree that it did because it was made within a Judeo-Christian framework. We fought for our liberty from oppression, and built a new society with respect to the truths of the Bible. To the degree we've held to that framework, to that degree it has been successful.
But neither of those things is true of Iraq. They did not (primarily) fight for their freedom, and it was not sought and achieved within a Biblical framework. People in general (and women in particular) are not accorded the same value within Islam that they are in Biblically-oriented societies.
The only hope I've had for Iraq has been that liberation would make Christian evangelism possible. I haven't heard of much success in that arena; but I have heard stories of American Christian soldiers having their liberties curtailed as they serve in Iraq.
There is much to pray for, regarding that sad, poor country.
We might start with Rand's mother, who left her husband in horror for his crime. Pray that she not become a "moderate" Muslim, nor an atheist. Pray that someone tells her of the truth of Jesus Christ.
And pray she lives long enough to hear it.
NOTE: rule 4 will be enforced.