Thursday, April 07, 2005

Equal-opportunity jihad?

Although Muslim 'honor killings' are common practice for male members of a Muslim family who believe their female family members have embarassed the family, namely if they've been seen outside without male escort or shown an ankle, Muslims are decidedly fair in passing out suicide assignments:
Two 16-year-old girls from New York City were arrested last month and charged with immigration violations after the F.B.I. asserted that they intended to become suicide bombers, according to a government document. A spokesman for one of their families, however, said the accusation was false and said the government had probably misinterpreted a school essay written by one of the girls.

The girls are both in the country illegally, one born in Guinea and the other from Bangladesh, and are being held in a family detention center in Leesport, in southeastern Pennsylvania, according to the document, provided by a federal agent. They were arrested on March 24, and one appeared at an immigration hearing on April 1 in York, Pa.

The document, which describes the background of the case, said the F.B.I. believed the girls presented "an imminent threat to the security of the United States based upon evidence that they plan to be suicide bombers." It does not describe the nature of that evidence.

Adem Carroll, a community activist with the Islamic Circle of North America who first approached this reporter about the case on behalf of one of the girls' parents, said the case appeared to be "an investigation that's gotten out of hand, like a lot of other so-called terror investigations." He added, "I'm confident that things will be cleared up."
Of course they'll be cleared up, but maybe not in the way Adem Carroll hopes. Although it may be too soon to say for sure the girl's intentions weren't honorable, females have conducted suicide attacks in five other countries.

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