Friday, January 4, 2008

Honor Killings? Not in my backyard.

Allow me to pontificate for a moment.

There is a mindset that regards the third world as a barbarous place with barbarous customs, and the greatest danger to mankind (short of the election of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Presidency) is the possible export of these barbarous practices to our nation, founded by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And no, I am not exaggerating this mindset.

Well, frankly in my mind, honor killings are barbarous. But they've been perceived as things that only occur in "backward" countries like Gaza, or in godless heathen places like Europe.

Well, guess what?

Area police continue to search for a man who they believe killed his two teenage daughters and left their bodies in a taxi at an Irving hotel.

Police sealed off a street and surrounded the man’s home in Lewisville for more than five hours Wednesday but found that Yaser Abdel Said, 50, a cabdriver, was not inside.

He is being sought in connection with the deaths of Amina Yaser Said, 18, and Sarah Yaser Said, 17.

Both victims died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office ruled Wednesday....

Police provided no clues about the motive for the killings. “There are several things we’re looking into,” said Irving police Officer David Tull, noting that the suspect faces capital murder charges.

Officer Tull said there have been some “domestic issues” with the family, but he did not elaborate.

Police did say they are looking into the possibility that the father was upset with his daughters’ dating activities....

Mr. Said, who is from Egypt, has lived in the Dallas area since at least the mid-1980s, records indicate....

Friends describe Amina and Sarah as quiet but well-liked students at Lewisville High School. They played tennis and soccer and were enrolled in many Advanced Placement classes.

“They were extremely smart – like geniuses,” said Allison Villarreal, a senior at Lewisville High, where Amina was a senior and Sarah was a junior.

Liz Marines, secretary of the Lewisville High School Student Council, had classes with both of the sisters and also remembers their scholastic abilities.

“Amina was very nice with everybody. She helped me in [Advanced Placement English] class,” she said. Sarah was a sophomore when she took an Algebra II class with Liz, who was a junior at the time.

She said the sisters, who wore typical American clothes, didn’t talk much about their family. “I didn’t know they were Muslims until she told me they were Egyptian and Muslim,” Liz said.

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