About that Religion of Tolerance(tm)

November 30, 2007

No doubt most of you have heard of the Dread Teddy Bear of Blasphemy incident: a British teacher in Sudan charged under the Dark Ages, barbaric Sharia code of Islamic law with blasphemy for letting her Muslim grammar-school students name a teddy bear "Muhammad." (A very common name in Islamic countries, such as Sudan or Great Britain.) The punishments she faced ranged from a fine and banishment to a whipping or death. She was (relatively) lucky, however, being sentenced "only" to 15 days in jail and deportation.

But that’s not enough for some people. Hundreds of peaceful, tolerant followers of the Religion of Peace and Tolerance(tm) demanded her execution:

Hundreds of protesters brandishing ceremonial swords and sticks gathered outside Khartoum’s presidential palace Friday to vent their anger against a British teacher jailed for allowing children to name a teddy bear "Mohammed."

At least 600 Islamic demonstrators spilled out of mosques after prayers, chanting: "By soul, by blood, I will fight for the Prophet Mohammed."

Some of the protesters demanded the teacher’s execution, according to The Associated Press. The agency reports that some chanted: "No tolerance: Execution" and "Kill her, kill her by firing squad."

Let’s see…. A woman in Saudi Arabia is sentenced to 200 lashes after she is the victim of a gang rape because, under Sharia law, she was alone with a man who was not her relative. Cartoonists in Denmark and Sweden are threatened with death after drawing satirical cartoons of Muhammad. Now a schoolteacher who only wanted to teach her 7-year old pupils about bears has been dragged into a medieval kangaroo court and sits in a jail wondering if the howling mob outside won’t yet get their wish.

Religion of Peace? Religion of Tolerance? Why don’t you ask this guy?

rage boy

UPDATE: This is the address for the Embassy of Sudan in the US:

2210 Massachusetts Avenue,
                  NW 20008

How about sending them a teddy bear?
 

LINKS: More at Michelle Malkin, Hot Air, Blue Crab Boulevard, Contentions, and LGF (here, too).


From Athens to Auschwitz

November 29, 2007

David Hazony reflects on the bitter irony of the Holocaust in Greece, here.

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OK, something good has come from Annapolis

November 29, 2007

It’s upset Iranian President Gilligan Ahmadinejad.

Darn.


The Annapolis farce

November 28, 2007

I haven’t said much about the Arab-Israeli "peace conference" begun yesterday in Annapolis because, well, it’s a non-event. Expectations are so low, the Saudi delegation didn’t even bother to put in their earphones for Israeli PM Olmert’s speech. The Bush Administration, like its predecessors obsessed with achieving Middle East "peace in our time" before the next guy takes over, will press the Israelis to make "painful concessions" in return for the usual Arab promises of recognition, trade, and peace — which have never been kept in the past, nor will they be kept this time.

The problem is these conferences never address the right question: it’s not about trade or the "Palestinian right of return" or lands seized in 1967 or even simple recognition of Israel: the question no one dares face is the Arab-Islamic refusal to accept Israel at all. As Bernard Lewis put it, it’s not a question of Israel’s size, it’s a question of Israel’s existence:

If the issue is about the size of Israel, then we have a straightforward border problem, like Alsace-Lorraine or Texas. That is to say, not easy, but possible to solve in the long run, and to live with in the meantime.

If, on the other hand, the issue is the existence of Israel, then clearly it is insoluble by negotiation. There is no compromise position between existing and not existing, and no conceivable government of Israel is going to negotiate on whether that country should or should not exist.

PLO and other Palestinian spokesmen have, from time to time, given formal indications of recognition of Israel in their diplomatic discourse in foreign languages. But that’s not the message delivered at home in Arabic, in everything from primary school textbooks to political speeches and religious sermons. Here the terms used in Arabic denote, not the end of hostilities, but an armistice or truce, until such time that the war against Israel can be resumed with better prospects for success. Without genuine acceptance of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish State, as the more than 20 members of the Arab League exist as Arab States, or the much larger number of members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference exist as Islamic states, peace cannot be negotiated.

(Emphasis added.)

When the Arabs stop teaching anti-Semitic, anti-Western hate every day in their schools and on TV; when they stop excusing and funding terrorist murders disguised as religious acts of "resistance;" when they stop using the Palestinian refugees as toys on a string to distract their people from their own miserable situations; when they start living up to their agreements; when they finally put on the headphones and really listen — then some future Annapolis might actually be worthwhile.

Until then, I’ll pay attention to something meaningful.

(hat tip: Captain’s Quarters)

LINKS: Roger L. Simon, Sister Toldjah. Ralph Peters at the New York Post agrees with me.


Moronic majority

November 27, 2007

Why are 62% of Americans stupid enough to believe President Bush knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand? Richard Miniter takes a detailed look at the myths and realities of what the president knew, when he knew it, and why these people should take off the tinfoil hats.


It’s car-b-que season!

November 27, 2007

Predictable as the rising sun, "youths of a religion we cannot name" are rioting in Paris suburbs, protesting the deaths of two "youths" who were stupid enough to get themselves killed while driving recklessly on a motorcycle:

Police investigators and several eyewitnesses corroborate the patrolmen’s version of the accident. The police car was going at a normal speed, no sirens, no hot pursuit. The mini-motorcycle came down a side street at high speed and made a left turn, crashing directly into the police car. The police remained on the scene for approximately twenty to thirty minutes until the fire department ambulance arrived.

Relatives of the dead complained about the time it took for help to arrive: the bodies of the boys were left lying in a fire station for about 30 minutes. What the relatives don’t mention is that the ambulance couldn’t get there any faster because it had been attacked by rioting "youths." (Several Muslim areas of French, Belgian, and Dutch cities are no-go zones for public safety services, thanks to the danger of being attacked.) And the violence is spreading:

Violence is spreading from Villiers le Bel to a dozen neighboring communities. At least twenty policemen have been injured so far tonight (forty injured last night according to the latest figures), some of them critically. The insurgents are using firebombs, iron rods, baseball bats, and firing buckshot. Journalists are attacked, their cameras are stolen. The mayor of Villiers le Bel is running a crisis center from an undisclosed location. Interior Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie is strangely absent, silent, or ineffectual. This is not the way it is supposed to be happening in the Sarkozy government. Don’t be surprised if Alliot-Marie is replaced early next year.

Cars, dumpsters, and buildings have been torched. A school gym has gone up in flames. Shop windows that weren’t smashed last night are targets tonight.

Sarkozy has a real problem on his hands. Elected on a promise to fix what ails France and fresh from a major victory over striking unions, the public remembers his promise to "clean up the scum" during the last round of "youth" rioting in 2005. Yet, away on a state visit to China, he has to watch for the moment while his Interior Minister becomes a non-entity.

This is a test for the new president: either French law rules throughout France and the elected French government truly governs, or Sarkozy is as feckless as his predecessor, and France continues its descent into dhimmitude.

LINKS: More at Gateway Pundit, LGF (and here), Blue Crab Boulevard.

 


Monday links

November 26, 2007

Too much to do to provide a full post today, but I wanted to link to some stories of interest, leading off with the (nonexistent) plot to attack Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The Washington Times first broke the story:

Fort Huachuca, the nation’s largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.

Fort officials changed security measures after sources warned that possibly 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were to be smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high-powered weapons to attack the Arizona Army base, according to multiple confidential law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Times.

"A portion of the operatives were in the United States, with the remainder not yet in the United States," according to one of the documents, an FBI advisory that was distributed to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, Customs and Border Protection and the Justice Department, among several other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. "The Afghanis and Iraqis shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners."

According to the FBI advisory, each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 "or the equivalent in weapons" for the cartel’s assistance in smuggling them and their weapons through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The weapons would be sent through tunnels that supposedly ended in Arizona and New Mexico, but the Islamist terrorists would be smuggled through Laredo, Texas, and reclaim the weapons later.

A number of the Afghans and Iraqis are already in a safe house in Texas, the FBI advisory said.

Pretty serious stuff: believable and predictable, something like what people (including me) concerned with border security have been warning of since 9/11. Trouble is, it was a false alarm:

A plot by dozens of foreign terrorists who purportedly planned to attack Fort Huachuca with rocket propelled grenades and mines has proved unfounded, an FBI spokesman said Monday.

Ooops. While this is embarrassing for the Times (and those border-hawk bloggers who started shrieking at the first news), it doesn’t change the possibility that something like this could one day happen, nor does it change the fact that our porous borders are a major weakness. Al Qaeda and Hizbullah (the latter at least being a proxy for Iran) are in Latin America, and only a fool would think they won’t try to exploit the border’s weakness to attack us.

The plot against Fort Huachuca was a false alarm, but it was not a Chicken Little moment.

(More at Captain’s Quarters, LGF, Power Line, and Hot Air.)

Meanwhile, I want to say, with deepest respect for the Anglican Church, that the Archbishop of Canterbury is an ignorant fool. Victor Davis Hanson explains why.

What is it about left-leaning Western intellectual elites that makes them hate their own civilization so much that they act as if they believe it should apologize for everything it’s ever done and go out of existence?

To quote French intellectual Jean Francois Revel: A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.

The Archbishop often acts like it isn’t even worth defending.

(More at Blue Crab Boulevard here and here. Melanie Phillips asks "With defenders of western civilisation like this, who needs enemies?" Indeed.)

Finally, is the prison-camp regime in North Korea about to collapse? It’s been predicted before and hasn’t happened, and, frankly, our intelligence agencies have pretty miserable records when it comes to prognostication (they missed the fall of the Soviet Union, for example), so I’ll believe it when I see it. But, there are some tell-tale signs that the regime of Psychopath for Life Dear Leader may be planning for life after the fall. When dictators and thugs start squirreling money away, you know they’re worried. And if rumors of American and South Korean troop movements are true, then the West may be taking it seriously this time, too.

(More at Blue Crab Boulevard.)


Justice under sharia

November 25, 2007

Not content with incurring the civilized world’s contempt for sentencing the victim of a gang rape to 200 lashes, the Saudi Ministry of Justice claims the sentence was justified because the woman was committing adultery. In other words, "the slut had it coming."

A woman in Saudi Arabia sentenced to six months in jail and 200 lashes despite being gang raped has confessed to adultery, the justice ministry said as it tried to fend off mounting criticism.

Despite being sexually assaulted by seven men who kidnapped her with a male companion at knifepoint, the unidentified 19 year-old woman was sentenced in November 2006 to 90 lashes.

The judge sentenced her for being in a car with a man who was not her relative, a taboo in the conservative Muslim kingdom which imposes strict segregation of the sexes.

But her story hit international headlines last week when her sentence was increased to six months in jail and 200 lashes after she spoke to the media.

The justice ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency that the woman had owned up to having an extramarital affair with the man in the car.

"She admitted to … exchanging sinful relations," the statement said, adding the woman was in state of undress with the man in the car before the attack took place.

Get it? Her punishment was fair because she was having an extra-marital affair, while her attackers got less than the usual sentence for rape in Saudi Arabia, which is death, because of a lack of witnesses and confessions. See, under Islamic law, a woman’s testimony is only worth half that of a man — it’s inherently unreliable. And, because the perpetrators didn’t confess, their word is worth more than hers or the forensic evidence. So, they get jail terms instead, while the victim gets the whip. And then her sentence is increased for complaining to the press!

This is justice? This is civilized? This is the world the Islamists want to impose on us?

No, thank you.

(hat tip: LGF)

LINKS: More at JammieWearingFool and A Tangled Web.


We have all the best toys

November 25, 2007

Meet the next generation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle: the Reaper.

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Stuart Koehl discusses the implications:

Fielding adequate numbers of MQ-9 Reapers, the Air Force could reduce the number of manned fighter aircraft supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, or at the very least, reduce the number and duration of the sorties flown each month. This would allow the Air Force to conduct much needed maintenance and overhaul of the fighter force, as well as reduce the deployment rate for pilots to a more manageable level, thereby increasing readiness and pilot retention.

In the long term, the deployment of the Reaper could be the harbinger of a new concept of operations in which unmanned aircraft take over the lion’s share of support duties in counterinsurgency and other low intensity conflicts, allowing the Air Force to focus its manned aircraft more on the kind of high intensity missions likely to be required in the event of a conflict with China, North Korea, or Iran.

With the dangerous aging of our main frontline fighters, the Reaper is a welcome development.


Out with the old, in with the new

November 25, 2007

Australian writer Peter Day introduces readers at Pajamas Media to Kevin Rudd, the newly elected Prime Minister of Down Under. He argues that, while Americans mourn the departure of John Howard, they can take some comfort that Mr. Rudd has accepted Howard’s legacy:

This is not quite the ignominious end for Howard that it may appear.

Kevin Rudd defeated him only by first accepting that Howard has permanently changed the ground rules of Australian politics – in a conservative direction. Throughout this campaign, the Labor leader stressed repeatedly that he was an ‘economic conservative’. He didn’t just say that: he gave the claim substance by actually underbidding Howard, by a significant margin, in the amount of pork he was prepared to offer to the electorate in campaign promises.

The other big difference with Rudd, compared with some other Labor leaders of recent years, is that he is essentially unthreatening to mainstream Australian values – including, most importantly, the American alliance. He showed this in his victory speech on Saturday night, which he used as an occasion to send ‘greetings’ to ‘our great friend and ally, the United States’.

The next few years should be interesting to watch. Besides, how can one not like a Prime Minister who visits lap-dance clubs and eats his own ear wax?

 

 


A friend exits

November 24, 2007

Australians ended the political career of Prime Minister John Howard, sending his Liberal/National Party coalition to a landslide loss. Howard was gracious in defeat, recounting the successes of his government and wishing his successor, Labor Party leader Kevin Rudd, well:

"My fellow Australians, a few moments ago I telephoned Mr Kevin Rudd and I congratulated him and the Australian Labor Party on an emphatic victory,” Mr Howard told the crowd.

Mr Howard said he harboured no ill will to Mr Rudd.

"I wish him well in the task that he will undertake,” Mr Howard said.

"We bequeath to him a nation that is stronger and prouder.”

Mr Howard spoke of the economic prosperity Australia had enjoyed under the coalition.

"I’ve led a government that has taken this country from deep debt to strong prosperity,” he said.

"I’ve led a government that has never shirked the difficult decisions.

"I’ve led a government that has reformed the Australian economy and left it the envy of the world.”

"Can I say to all of you it has been an immense privilege every day of my life over the last 11 and half years to have been prime minister of this beautiful country,” Mr Howard said.

He said he wanted to thank the Australian people for that privilege.

"It’s something that has really been the most unbelievable experience.

"The Australian people are the greatest people on earth and this is the greatest country on earth.”

I think Americans owe John Howard a debt of thanks, too, appropriately enough for Thanksgiving weekend. After 9-11, Howard placed Australia in her traditional role alongside the United States, ready for a fight. Both in Afghanistan and Iraq (the latter not without controversy in Australia), Australian special forces played crucial roles. True to Australian form, Mr. Howard was refreshingly plainspoken and forthright about the threat from Islamic fascism and wasn’t afraid to tell Islamists in Australia where they could go. Among the Anglophone nations, Howard had become a respected leader.

Nor was he willing to "go along to get along" when it came to climate change, sharing President Bush’s skepticism for the Kyoto Treaty.

The West could use more leaders like John Howard.

I’m certain the American Left, the so-called "Progressives," will interpret this as a repudiation of the aggressive Bush approach to terrorism by the Australian electorate. Before they pop the champagne corks (or crack open a Foster’s), I would remind them of Tip O’Neill‘s dictum: "All politics is local." While I haven’t followed Australian politics, I’m willing to bet domestic national issues played the key role, and maybe just public fatigue after 11 years under John Howard. No matter how successful a government may be, sometimes the electorate just wants change.

(I still shake my head at the British throwing Churchill out of office in 1945, for example.)

Furthermore, while the pro-Bush leaders after 9-11, Aznar, Blair, Koizumi, Berlusconi, and now Howard, are all gone, so too are the anti-Bush crowd: Schroeder, Chirac, and Chretien, as Mark Steyn points out. It’s hard to spot an anti-Bush trend here.

So, thank you John Howard. You’ve been a good friend and a stalwart ally, and I imagine you’ll go down in the books as one of the most successful Prime Ministers Australia has ever had.

LINKS: More at Captain’s Quarters, Pajamas Media (with lots of links!), Little Green Footballs, Contentions, Power Line, Britain and America, Tigerhawk, and Blue Crab Boulevard.

 


Forget global warming

November 22, 2007

Mankind may have committed an even worse crime: shortening the life of the universe just by looking at it.

… the cosmologists claim that astronomers may have accidentally nudged the universe closer to its death by observing dark energy, a mysterious anti gravity force which is thought to be speeding up the expansion of the cosmos.

The damaging allegations are made by Profs Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and James Dent of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, who suggest that by making this observation in 1998 we may have caused the cosmos to revert to an earlier state when it was more likely to end. “Incredible as it seems, our detection of the dark energy may have reduced the life-expectancy of the universe,” Prof Krauss tells New Scientist.

Al Gore, save us!


Friday links

November 21, 2007

Trying to put it in simple terms for us unenlightened kufar why the victim of a gang rape has been sentenced to 200 lashes, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Justice (yes, I typed that with a straight face) tries to explain itself.

Meanwhile, we learn the brave, brave jihadis who tried to kill Benazir Bhutto in Pakistan a few weeks ago hid the bomb under the clothes of a one-year old toddler. The baby was carried to his death by his jihadi father.

May you rot in Hell, you unholy bastard.

Finally, Bill Roggio explains why the strategy that worked to pacify Anbar province in Iraq won’t work in Pakistan. The situation in Pakistan is bad, folks, very bad.

 


Monty Python comes to life

November 20, 2007

I had to do a double-take when I read this: the British Government has lost confidential identity and financial information for 25,000,000 of its citizens — nearly half the population. How did this happen? Was it the result of a devious espionage operation or an electronic theft by high-tech burglars? Nope. In a move worthy of Python’s famous Upper Class Twit of the Year contest, they put the CDs in the mail, and now they’re lost:

Everyone who receives child benefit is under threat of fraud after a catastrophic blunder by civil servants.

Two computer discs packed with the personal and banking details of 25million people – nearly half the UK’s 60million population – have disappeared in the post.

Last night, Chancellor Alistair Darling was trying to head off a consumer panic after he admitted that nearly every family in the country is at risk. Police were ransacking offices in London and the North East for the missing CDs, but insisted there was no evidence they have fallen into criminal hands.

The discs, which include names of parents and children, their dates of birth, addresses and National Insurance and bank account numbers of all those who claim Child Benefit, had only minimal computer protection and could be easily hacked into by gangsters.

But, wait! It gets better. These discs were lost not once, but twice! A first set was sent through the agency’s internal mail, winding up God knows where. Then a second set was sent registered through the postal service, only to drop off the face of the Earth.

Britain is already reeling from a panic that nearly sank the Northern Rock bank, and Chancellor Darling has been under fire for other blunders in his department. With this latest fiasco, and it’s hard to overstate the implications, not only may the Chancellor’s days in office be numbered, but the Labour Party’s overall, as well.

(hat tip: Blue Crab Boulevard)

 


Funny, but far too plausible

November 20, 2007

Via LGF, how things might have been had Harry Reid (D-Copperhead) been Senate Majority Leader in 1945: Network Experts Cast Doubt on Alleged Hirohito Recording.

 


Conversations on the war

November 19, 2007

Pajamas Media has hit on a neat idea: rather than endure or ignore these extended sessions of 20 Questions masquerading as presidential debates, sit down with each candidate individually and ask him or her pointed questions about the most pressing issue of our time — the Long War with Islamic fascism and the security threats posed by rogue states. Fred Thompson was the first to agree, and here’s his interview with Roger L. Simon of Pajamas Media and Confederate Yankee‘s Bob Owens.

 

       

 

I think this is brilliant, and I hope the other candidates agree to participate. And I hope Pajamas expands it to include other topics, such as health care and entitlement reform. It could be a rarity in modern American politics: an event that’s actually informative!

(Here’s a direct link in case the player above doesn’t work)


Speaking of giving thanks

November 19, 2007

Mark Steyn reminds the rest of the world it should give thanks for America:

So Americans should be thankful they have one of the last functioning nation-states. Europeans, because they’ve been so inept at exercising it, no longer believe in national sovereignty, whereas it would never occur to Americans not to. This profoundly different attitude to the nation-state underpins, in turn, Euro-American attitudes to transnational institutions such as the United Nations.

But on this Thanksgiving the rest of the world ought to give thanks to American national sovereignty, too. When something terrible and destructive happens – a tsunami hits Indonesia, an earthquake devastates Pakistan – the United States can project itself anywhere on the planet within hours and start saving lives, setting up hospitals and restoring the water supply.

Aside from Britain and France, the Europeans cannot project power in any meaningful way anywhere. When they sign on to an enterprise they claim to believe in – shoring up Afghanistan’s fledgling post-Taliban democracy – most of them send token forces under constrained rules of engagement that prevent them doing anything more than manning the photocopier back at the base.

If America were to follow the Europeans and maintain only shriveled attenuated residual military capacity, the world would very quickly be nastier and bloodier, and far more unstable. It’s not just Americans and Iraqis and Afghans who owe a debt of thanks to the U.S. soldier but all the Europeans grown plump and prosperous in a globalized economy guaranteed by the most benign hegemon in history.

You’re welcome.


More on Islamic misogyny

November 18, 2007

Following up on this post about the rape victim a Saudi court condemned to 200 lashes, I want to point out an editorial in the Examiner calling on the US to stand up for Muslim women, who suffer from terrible repression and abuse:

Except for a brief period in the months before the U.S. deposing of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, too little attention has been focused in this country on the routine brutalities visited upon women in Muslim countries simply because they are women. During the run-up to the Taliban’s fall, millions of people around the world saw a dramatic video of a young woman being executed in a sports stadium with one shot at close range in the back of the head.

That video came to represent in the minds of many the barbarity of the Islamic extremist regime that had given aid and comfort to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. But once the Taliban were ousted and a more moderate regime took over in Afghanistan, concerns about the plight of women in Muslim countries faded from the minds of many in the West.

The tragedy is that the brutalities have continued as a matter of daily life in too many places throughout the Muslim world. In Saudi Arabia, women are required to be covered from head to foot when in public, they must always be escorted by a male relative, and they are not permitted to drive. In effect, Saudi women are prisoners in their own homes.

According to the World Health Organization, every day millions of young women in Muslim countries like Egypt and Somalia experience the horrific pain and disfigurement of female genital mutilation. With a few exceptions (Turkey and Iraq, for example) these illustrations are uncomfortably close to the norm in too many Muslim countries.

And that’s just the tip of the women-hating iceberg: look up temporary marriages in Iran, just one aspect of the miserable state of women in Iran. Read the Qur’an, which Muslims revere as the literal word of God and which makes women little more than the property of their men. Read the life story of Ayaan Hirsi Ali for a modern living example of this and of the violence that threatens women who try to break away.

The Examiner editorial mentions a group, Women Living Under Muslim Laws, that has tried for over 20 years to be a support and information network for women suffering under Islam. It argues that the US should support this and similar groups, using international forums to call on Muslim states to live up to the human rights agreements they’ve signed.

I agree. The repression of women is crucial to the power structure of Islamic society, and this war with radical, political Islam is as much about ideology as it is armed conflict. Liberate the women, and jihadi Islam will itself be severely weakened.


Fun with stupid bumper-stickers

November 17, 2007

(Via LGF)

In a moment of unrepentant partisan mockery (Oh, as if you’re above it all? -ed. Hardly. I wallow in it.), Atomic Trousers laughs and points at stupid left-wing bumper-stickers seen in Madison, Wisconsin.


Islamic justice

November 15, 2007

The 19-year old Saudi victim of a gang rape is to receive 200 lashes and jail time for the crime of being alone with men who weren’t her relatives at the time the attack occurred. The attackers get a few years in jail apiece.

A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 19-year-old woman — whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms — was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.

But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.

A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”

Originally, she had “only” been sentenced to 90 lashes, but, because she and her attorney dared to appeal for justice, she gets her torture more than doubled and gets jail time. And all this on top of being raped. This is justice under the Islamic code of sharia law.

Remember that, the next time someone tells you the world would be a better placed if governed by it.

AFTERTHOUGHT: And I imagine it’s no coincidence that the victim is a Shiite, the oppressed minority sect in Sunni/Wahhabi-ruled Saudi Arabia.

LINKS: More at LGF, Yellow Limes.