Her in-laws treated her like a slave, Aisha pleaded. They beat her. If she hadn't run away, she would have died. Her judge, a local Taliban commander, was unmoved. Later, he would tell Aisha's uncle that she had to be made an example of lest other girls in the village try to do the same thing. The commander gave his verdict, and men moved in to deliver the punishment. Aisha's brother-in-law held her down while her husband pulled out a knife. First he sliced off her ears. Then he started on her nose. Aisha passed out from the pain but awoke soon after, choking on her own blood. The men had left her on the mountainside to die.If you have a strong stomach the picture is very moving.
Yes I know the argument that this is cultural rather than Islamic behaviour, but frankly I don't care. These acts of barbarism are carried out all the time in countries where Islam is the predominant faith and especially where it is the ruling faith, and they use the Koran to justify the behavior. Look at Iran, a country which likes to murder young girls by slow strangulation for the heinous crime of being a girl. That's what an Islamic theocracy leads.
Of all this we hear nothing from the Muslim world's leaders, no angry crowds demanding that the offenders be tried and punished, no effigy burning, no angry condemnation from the leaders of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Indonesia or anywhere else. Those same leaders who complain, with veiled threats whenever they believe that their religion has been insulted.
Yet one self publicist nut job threatens to burn a copy of the Koran and they are up in arms , an action whilst offensive doesn't harm the hair of the head of one single person. Lets not forget these threats are made against all Americans and by extension westerners, even the ones who condemn the Koran burning.
And don't they know that it is that same free speech that means that Muslims can build their Islamic Study Centre near Ground Zero?
We cannot be blackmailed on threat of violence into curtailing free speech, no matter how distasteful the manifestation of that free speech is, because it is that free speech which protects us from rule by the sort of people who are happy to allow young girls to have their ears and nose cut off, for rape victims to be sentenced to death because they were raped.