But here’s the rub, the article’s focus is not on Islamic honor killing in particular, but on the phenomenon of murdering one’s wife in general.
From the Aftenposten:
“Norwegian honor killing is common,” University of Bergen psychiatry professor Gustav Wik told newspaper VG. Ethnic Norwegian men kill their wives to restore their lost honor he argues, as VG continued its focus on family murder. In the past seven years 72 women have been killed by their husbands in Norway, and according to the newspaper two out of three of these crimes were committed by ethnic Norwegians. This type of crime is called honor killing when involving immigrants, but is often labeled ‘family tragedy’ when Norwegians are to blame.”
While one can’t argue with fact, that being, the number of women in Norway killed by their spouses, the issue of placing these murders in the same context as those being murdered for religious or cultural reasons is misplaced, and speaks more about PC politics than anything else.
Crimes of passion
“when a spouse or sweetheart finds his/her “beloved” having sexual intercourse with another and shoots or stabs one or both of the coupled pair”
is a well known phenomenon, and while men may be guilty more often of the crime than women, it does show that, as a phenomenon, it differs greatly from the murders that occur within the families of immigrants in Norway and elsewhere.
What I see in the statements by University of Bergen psychiatry, professor Gustav Wik, is an attempt to limit or mitigate the negative impact for the immigrant Muslim community in Norway, by trying to conflate both types of murders into one. Researcher Anja Bredal, at the Institute for Social Research says that she agrees with Wik’s conclusions.
“One seldom mentions culture when discussing the white man’s violence and murder. The differences between the white man’s violence and minority violence is often not very great,”
But most of the murders committed by Muslims in the name of defending one’s own or a family’s sense of honor, is very premeditated. The offending individual is usually “invited” to repent of one’s errant ways before finally falling victim to either the husband, father, brother or uncle. This differs greatly from the types of crime the U of B professor is trying to lump altogether.
I suspect that there are other reasons or motives as to why both Wik and Bredal are trying to combine these different types of murders under one heading. I believe that if one looks more closely to each crime committed by each group, one will find that more often than not, the person doing the murdering, for example, an ethnic Norwegian, is doing it because he or she feels betrayal not because the family’s honor was besmirched.
This all reeks of the PC meme that”we are all alike and therefor all equally to blame“. No need to stigmatize one group for something that we all share in common. Nonsense. The premeditated murder of someone differs greatly from murder which is inspired at the moment or within a brief, limited span of time.
Regrettably, the murder of anyone is an unspeakable crime and deserves full punishment under the law, trying to mitigate the phenomenon for a certain group by conflating two different kinds of murder, is nothing more than PC crap. *L* KGS