Raising pity elsewhere, for women…,
…but should we not be concerned about crimes against humanity in our own backyard?
One woman’s nightmare, and a crime against humanity
Robert Fisk in Amman
Call her Hanan. She sits in front of me, a red scarf tied round her long intelligent face, her wide, bright eyes sparkling as she tells her story, her two-year-old son Omar restless on the chair beside her. To save the “honour” of her family – and to avoid being killed by her youngest brother – she has married her own rapist. To save the “honour” of her family – to stay alive – she is now divorcing her rapist. Omar, drinking orange juice, jumping on his plastic chair, is the rapist’s son….
That is a fine label to give to a small boy to grow up with. Let’s hope that his mom does not keep a clipping of that article in her personal effects, for the boy to find when he grows up or when he is an adult.
I don’t see a reference to a corroborating police report that identifies beyond a doubt that the boy’s mother is telling the truth. After all, she does have her life to protect, and, when it comes to honour killings, it would be in her best interest to claim that she was raped. Aside from that, rape accusations are easy to come by.
Just this morning there was an article in the Edmonton Journal (on the bottom of page B8) about a Calgary man who had been incarcerated for two years on account of having been wrongfully accused of brutally raping a woman for ten full hours. There was a mistrial earlier, due to an issue with one of the jurors (the article was no more specific than that) but just the other day, in a re-trial of the man’s alleged crime, the woman who had accused him admitted under cross-examination by the defence attorney that she had made the whole story up and had lied about it all along. The next day she did not even show up in court. It appears that no warrant for her arrest was issued. The woman’s name was not mentioned. The man’s name is John Francis Dionne. He was to be released later on Friday.
Will anything be done to fully compensate the man for the time he spent in jail and to have his reputation and career destroyed? I doubt it. Will his accuser be made to make full retribution for the crime against her victim that she committed? I doubt that even more.
Cases like that are legion, some for no other reason than that a woman accuser wanted to come up with an acceptable excuse for showing up late for a meeting or for supper with her family.
Robert Fisk’s article concludes,
….The two-year-old struggles down from his plastic chair and demands chocolates. But given his mother’s painful struggle, what world has he been born into?
Robert Fisk should have come up with a more appropriate ending: “Given his mother’s hatred for his father and for half of the boy’s genetic heritage, will the poor boy be able to respect his mother, his father, any men or perhaps even himself when he grows up?”
Robert Fisk is not helping. He appears to have appointed himself judge, jury and executioner, and all of that apparently for no other reason than the complaint by a damsel in discomfort. What a world the Robert Fisks have created!
The article by Robert Fisk contains an estimated statistic: “Hanan is the victim of a vast, corrupt system of “honour” crimes that plagues the Middle East, and takes the lives of at least 5,000 women – perhaps four times that number – a year, a vicious patriarchal system of extra-judicial killings in which a chance conversation between an unmarried woman and a stranger,…” and “….Policemen and judges often connive with the murderers.”
Other than that, his article consists of a long tale of anecdotal evidence as told by the woman who claims to have been the victim of a rape. Is the story true? Why should we accept her word as the sole authority for the story’s veracity? There were no other witnesses to the alleged crime.
Aside from that, an opposite bias by the judicial and law-enforcement authorities in the so-called free West is without a doubt the cause of the deaths of about exactly 30,000 men in North America a year, out of a population of 340 million people, compared to an alleged 5,000 (or “perhaps four times that number”) in the Middle East, out of a population that is much larger than that of North America.
It seems to me that when in search of victims for personal monetary gain, Robert Fisk and others like him should go by rank based on size of victim group to raise sympathy and pity for those who deserve consideration most, not necessarily by what is politically correct and easiest to sell by the word count in the articles he earns his bread-and-butter with.
At any rate, all that stands as the dividing line of the legal reality of a man being or lover or being a rapist is the plausibility of a woman’s word, and women often lie. The woman who lied about John Francis Dionne is a prostitute, but she is still deemed to be a victim whose name needs to be protected.