…they come up with this.
A Saudi Arabian imam, who is a very influential cleric in jihadist circles, has issued a fatwa (religious edict) that essentially allows all jihadists fighting in Syria to rape women.
Muhammed al-Arifi, a Wahhabi religious cleric, officially calls this act an “intercourse marriage” that can last only a few hours – “in order to give each fighter a turn” — and restricts the men to Syrian females at least 14 years old, widowed or divorced.
Al-Arifi, expressed his annoyance at the “warriors of Islam” being denied sexual pleasures while fighting in Syria “alongside the armed opposition forces” for the past two years. He said this fatwa “solves [their] sexual problems” and “boosts the determination of the mujahideen in Syria and is considered a duty to enter paradise for those females who enter such marriages.”
The Arabic language news site Tayyar.org reports that critics of Al-Arifi have expressed anger about the fatwa, saying that it permits the exploitation of Syrian women through rape.
Not to mention being vile, fatuous, bestial and moronic.
A car bomb, shelling and gun battles marred a tenuous truce that went into effect in Syria on Friday, calling into question whether a four-day holiday ceasefire brokered by the United Nations can endure.
The day started out more calmly than usual, suggesting that both the government and the rebels were making at least some effort to keep their promises to give Syrians a respite from the relentless violence engulfing the country for the duration of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday….
…by nightfall, the reports of violence began piling up, casting doubt on whether either side was serious about observing a ceasefire that might have heralded hope for a political solution.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 70 deaths, a figure lower than the typical daily average of 150 but nonetheless far from encouraging.
Update: Iraqis concur, with 13 dead.
…that theocracies massacre their citizens.
As the fighting continues, the humanitarian situation of those trapped in the 17-month-long conflict is worsening with severe food and water shortages, no electricity and a lack of basics such as blankets and mattresses for those forced from their homes.
The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organisation estimates Syrians in need of food assistance will number 1.5 million over the next three to six months, climbing to 3 million over the next 12 months.
Calls for Western military action against Syria intensified last night after grisly footage of the bodies of dozens of children killed in fresh violence laid bare the failure of the United Nations-brokered peace plan.
In one of the bloodiest incidents to date in the 15-month long uprising, 92 people were killed – including 32 children – after a 12-hour regime assault on Houla, in the central province of Homs.
Anti-government activists claimed that troops had first shelled several villages with tanks and then sent in gangs of pro-regime thugs to “massacre” local families in their houses.
Funny how ‘caring, enlightened’ religious states value the lives of their citizens so much less than ‘scientific, impersonal’ secular ones.
Update 2012-06-07: Another massacre.
Co-operation? What’s that mean?
Sunni Muslim rulers have largely shunned an Arab League summit hosted by Shiite-led Iraq, illustrating how powerfully the sectarian split and the rivalry with Iran define Middle Eastern politics in the era of the Arab Spring.
The crisis in Syria is the epicentre of those divisions. Thursday’s one-day summit closed with a joint call on the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, to stop his bloody crackdown on an uprising seeking his ouster. But the final statement barely papered over the differences among the Arab nations over how to deal with the longest-running regional revolt….
In a snub to Iraq, only 10 heads of state from the Arab League’s 22 members attended, with the rest sending lower-level officials.
Especially notable were the absences of the rulers of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and most other Persian Gulf countries, as well Morocco and Jordan – all of them headed by Sunni monarchs who deeply distrust the close ties between Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated government and their top regional rival, Iran.
Myself and my cousins against the world!
Myself and my brothers against my cousins!
Myself against my brothers!
— Bedouin Arab saying
BEIRUT: In a barrage of shelling, Syrian forces killed 200 people and wounded hundreds early yesterday in an offensive that appears to be the bloodiest episode in the nearly 11-month-old uprising.
The offensive was reported in Homs, which has been one of the main flashpoints of opposition to the regime during the uprising against President Bashar Assad.
The attack by gunmen on bus 392, crowded with holiday-makers and Israeli soldiers going home for the weekend, has pulled the bloodshed in Syria and political instability elsewhere in the region into sharp focus.
Eight Israelis – six civilians and two soldiers – died and at least 31 were injured in the attacks near the southern city of Eilat, near the Israel-Egypt border after gunmen opened fire on two buses, two cars carrying civilians and a military unit that responded to the attacks. Several gunmen were killed in the security response that followed.
And this will achieve a better life for Iranian and Syrian citizens … how, exactly?
DAMASCUS: Security forces raided homes across Syria and arrested opponents of the regime yesterday, activists said, as more funerals were planned for people killed in a bloody crackdown on protests.
Meanwhile, students called for action and two MPs resigned after at least 13 mourners were shot dead on Saturday during funerals of demonstrators killed in massive protests the previous day.
Kill some of your citizens, then kill some more when they come out to mourn them! It’s kind of like a two-for-one..
Duaa, a 19-year-old university student in Damascus, said she hoped to continue wearing her niqab to classes when the next term began, despite the ban.
Otherwise, she said, she would not be able to study.
”The niqab is a religious obligation,” said Duaa, who asked that her surname not be used.
”I cannot go without it.”
Well, if you believe that then your chances of gaining anything from a university education are pretty much zero anyway.