November 22, 2006, - 5:18 am

Our Muslim Friends Celebrate An Early Thanksgiving

By Debbie Schlussel
While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, Saudi Arabians already had theirs over the weekend.
Tomorrow, we eat turkey. Over the weekend, the Saudis had us begging to eat crow over a man named Turki.
In an utter display of American weakness and shame, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers traveled to Saudi Arabia to apologize. Apologize for the American justice system and virtually everything else that America stands for.
Suthers went to Saudi Arabia to apologize for the conviction of Homaidan Al-Turki. Just before Labor Day, Al-Turki was sentenced to 27 years to life in a Colorado prison for keeping a slave and raping her, among other crimes.

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Extremist Makeover: Homaidan Al-Turki & Wife Sarah, Before & After

Al-Turki, from a prominent Saudi religious family, was in Denver seeking his Ph.D. at Colorado University. He and the extremist Muslim bookstore he maintained were subjects of a federal terrorism probe. This summer, he was convicted of sexually assaulting his Indonesian housekeeper, whom he and his wife–also convicted–kept as a slave. The Al-Turkis’ abuse of this fellow Muslim went on for five years. They brought the 24-year-old woman to their home in Aurora, Colorado to serve as their cook, maid, nanny, and apparently “marital aid” (or in this case, also, “marital aide”).
Mr. Al-Turki was convicted of felony counts of unlawful sexual contact by use of force, theft, and extortion, and misdemeanor counts of false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit false imprisonment. He and his wife confiscated the woman’s passport and kept her prisoner.
When it was time for Al-Turki–like any other American resident convicted of any crime–to ask for the mercy of the court, he chose a different tack: chutzpah. Al-Turki’s statement to Judge Mark Hannen at sentencing was simply stunning:

Your honor, I am not here to apologize, for I cannot apologize for things I did not do and for crimes I did not commit. The state has criminalized these basic Muslim behaviors. Attacking traditional Muslim behaviors was the focal point of the prosecution.

No, upholding American laws against slavery, false imprisonment, and rape was the focal point of the prosecution. But that’s something that our State Department–and apparently Colorado’s chief law enforcement officer–now don’t understand.
In an unprecedented move, the State Department flew Attorney General Suthers to Saudi Arabia to personally explain–and apologize for–Al-Turki’s conviction to Saudi King Abdullah. Yes, U.S. taxpayers paid for this outrageous trip, though now Suthers is claiming Abdullah decided to reimburse the tab.
Suthers flew 19 hours to answer to leaders of another sovereign nation for enforcing the laws of Colorado. And apparently, he contracted a rapidly infectious case of Stockholm Syndrome during his stay, calling his pander-tour “the adventure of a lifetime.”
Monday, he lectured the media that King Abdullah et al simply can’t understand “that an Indonesian maid was considered a competent witness in our courts.”
He also instructed that Abdullah and company were upset that they couldn’t just buy their way out of it and pay off the maid. “They didn’t understand how that wasn’t possible here,” Suthers said.
Suthers said that, under Saudi law, four eyewitnesses are needed to prove a rape case. Memo to Suthers: You are the Attorney General of Colorado, not Saudi Arabia. The four witnesses is taken from Islamic law, since Saudi Arabia is a theocracy. We are not. And that should be the end of the story.
Our “friends,” the Saudis can’t get over Al-Turki’s conviction. Saudi state-run media, under King Abdullah’s complete control, continues to portray the Saudi slavemaster in America as the victim of a judicial system biased against Muslims.
This is the same judicial system that failed to convict Islamic Jihad frontman Sami Al-Arian, despite six-months worth of overwhelming evidence. The same judicial system that failed to convict Saudi national, Sami Omar Al-Hussayen, of terrorism, despite his creation and oversight of terrorist-related websites calling for planes to fly into buildings . . . well before 9/11.
The same judicial system that agonized for over a year on the fate of Zacarias Moussaoui, and spared his life despite his prior knowledge of the impending murder of 3,000 Americans. The same judicial system that overturned–on the flimsiest of reasons–solid convictions of Al-Qaeda terrorists who comprised the Detroit terror cell. The same judicial system that has now indicted the valiant and innocent prosecutor of that terror cell. The same judicial system that overturned the NSA wiretaps of suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists.

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2 Turkeys: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers & Fellow Cooked Bird

If anything that system has bent over backwards in favor of Muslims, to no avail in the Muslim world.
But that’s not the point. Our judicial system is not perfect. It is, however, the fairest in the world. And we chose it. We need not apologize for it to anyone, much less the bloated self-anointed king of a totalitarian state. We need not apologize for it to the man from whose country 15 of 19 hijackers emanated.
We have many foreign nationals convicted in America, every single day. But American taxpayers don’t send officials to foreign lands to “explain” why each was found guilty.
The Saudis understand our legal system very well. They did not just discover America. The Saudi government pays for the best legal eagles for its nationals in America, whenever they are accused of crimes. The Saudis funded an absurd website comparing Al-Turki to the Statue of Liberty (strangely, the site’s English version was removed). This sudden summons of a top American law enforcement official to “explain” is absurd and degrading. More absurd is that U.S. officials complied and went along with the act.
Can you imagine the U.S. sending a state Attorney General to explain to Hitler why we allow Blacks and Jews to serve as witnesses in our courts and why enslaving and raping them for five years is a crime?
In those days, America did not apologize for being just. These days, America just apologizes.
Colorado Attorney General Suthers is the latest emblem of those endless apologies to those who hate us. He can write his political epitaph with it.
Tomorrow, it’s doubtful Suthers will be eating turkey like the rest of us. He’s still digesting all the Saudi crow he consumed.

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16 Responses

Thanks, Debbie, for writing about this travesty and national embarrassment. This sure didn’t show up in our local media.
Do we know what happened after all of this to that poor victim?
As a woman, it’s chilling to know this is typical muslim behavior we are supposed to tolerate.

PollyX on November 22, 2006 at 8:10 am

Thanks Debbie for pointing out how ridiculous this is to apologize for enforcing laws against slavery and abuse.
Do you know if the recent case in Farmington Hills (about 2 year old now, I think) was a case of this same thing–a muslim couple doing what comes naturally to them? In that case a woman was kept as a sex slave for years. I’m sure it’s just a another cultural misunderstanding–can’t we all just get along? (Rodney King)

BB on November 22, 2006 at 8:19 am

I was livid and purple with rage. I’m usually a very nice guy. I can’t stand two things in life: injustice and a smug obsequious contempt for our laws and our way of life from our nation’s highest officials. I’m ashamed John Suthers is an American. What he did demeaned ALL of us.

NormanF on November 22, 2006 at 10:40 am

The reason he feels justified to have sex with his slave is because his god tells him it’s OK. Verse 70:30 tells Muslims to guard their chastity, except with their wives and those who their right hands possess. That means slaves and captives.

stevecanuck on November 22, 2006 at 10:58 am

A very distressing thing about this, for me, is the fact that too many people (my friends and associates) don’t believe that there is any threat to the U. S. They cling to the belief that things like this are just isolated cases and that every religion is a religion of peace (how can it be anything else?) They are so afraid of confronting the possibility that there are forces out there that can not be compromised with, that they totally refute the idea. I am afraid that with their heads in the sand, they will allow Islam to take over. What have the Moslim countries contributed to the progress of this world in science, human rights, or better conditions in general? Their leaders keep their populous ignorant and poor and suffering in virtual slavery, especially their women. It is an overwhelming task to try and convince those that just won’t see.

Vladimir Val Cymbal on November 22, 2006 at 12:48 pm

Accordding to the CO Atty. Generals office he only went to Saudi Arabia to explain the differences in our law and he went at the request of the Secretary of States office. Now I haven’t confirmed that part, but I would like to know if that’s true or not. So still investigaing on this end. Thanks for the story.
WHY THE HECK DOES HE NEED TO DO THAT? THAT’S A BS WAY OF SAYING HE WENT TO “EXPLAIN,” EXCUSE, APOLOGIZE, ETC. THE FACT IS–AS I SAID QUITE CLEARLY IN THIS COLUMN–THE SAUDIS KNOW ABOUT OUR LAWS. MANY OF THEM STUDY AND LIVE HERE (UNFORTUNATELY). KING ABDULLAH IS QUITE AWARE OF HOW OUR COUNTRY AND LEGAL SYSTEM WORKS.
SUTHERS HAD NO BUSINESS GOING THERE. WILL HE GO TO EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY THAT HAS NATIONALS HE PROSECUTES? IT’S ABSURD. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR HIS TRIP. NO “INVESTIGATION” NEEDED. THE STORY IS QUITE CLEAR. PLEASE WAKE UP.
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

AMR on November 22, 2006 at 1:24 pm

…Suthers actually said that he was certain he didn’t change any minds. He also discovered, in the course of sessions of “aggressive questioning” by the Saudi King and his advisors, and again by the Interior minister, that his interlocutors were poorly briefed as to the specifics of the case – they simply didn’t do their homework.
The stumbling block here was Saudi sexist and racist prejudice: the word of an Indonesian maid (no matter what her religion is) isn’t to be believed over that of a Saudi male, so the only possible explanation must be anti-Muslim prejudice. So the defendant’s family tried to shield their boy by equating his fate to that of all Muslims…
http://solomon2.blogspot.com/2006/11/colorado-bows-to-saudis.html
ACTUALLY, THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS REPORTED AT
http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5159606,00.html:
“While Suthers is not sure he changed anyone’s mind . . . he believes his willingness to travel so far to explain the case had an effect on Saudi leaders.
‘I felt like it was both worthwhile and something that was the adventure of a lifetime,’ he said.”
DEBBIE SCHLUSSEL

Solomon2 on November 22, 2006 at 1:29 pm

The most chilling thing about stories like this is that slavery, rape, terrorism, etc. truly ARE the norm for Islam, yet in America, so many ignorant people (encouraged by their cousins in the media) run around saying Islam is a benevolent religion, and they haven’t got a clue what they’re talking about. This postmodernist idea that there is no such thing as truth may be our ultimate downfall. If there is no truth, there is no standard of good or evil. I do not believe any person of integrity can study Islam for long and still buy into the notion that it is a religion of peace.

mechmorph on November 22, 2006 at 1:29 pm

I hate to correct you, Debbie, but the CO Atty General will not be eating the Saudi king’s crow, but his male chicken.
What is clear to me is that the Saudis consider sharia law as the norm and the only valid law and justice worldwide. I consider the opposite; the Bible is the only source of TRUTH and JUSTICE. While the Bible regards all persons as equal before G-d–and therefore, equal before the law–sharia law assumes that Muslim males are the only ones with any rights.
Moreover, the more powerful persons (kings, emirs, and caliphs) have the right to rule over others. This is not only a validation of tyranny, but it also is eerily similar to Hitler’s leadership principle. The leadership principle states that those who have the power to rule over others have the right, even the duty, to do so. Therefore, tyranny is at the very core of Islam. Equality is alien to their idolatrous way of life.
As for Homaidan Al-Turki, he can spend the rest of his life being the “Indonesian maid” of his fellow residents at the penitentiary. I am certain that would give him some empathy for what he did.
I am outraged that the CO Atty Gen would explain our laws to that idolatrous tyrant in SA. Sharia law is inherently unjust because it is the product of the mind of one who opposes the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. History shows that the Bible has the principles of justice, sharia does not. Your column proves it.
When you said, “We need not apologize for it to anyone, much less the bloated self-anointed king of a totalitarian state,” I only had some disagreement with one aspect of your position. Minor, to be sure, but the house of Saud was installed by the Europeans, if my memory serves me correctly.

Loser on November 22, 2006 at 2:11 pm

That idiot lawer should be tarred and feathered!

A.J. on November 23, 2006 at 1:01 pm

What a bunch of pigs many of these so called religious muslims are. Perverts, racists opressors and animals. :::::rips Koran in half and pours pig blood over it before burning it::::::: That’s what I think of Islam.
Better yet I think I’ll market a brand of toilet paper with Koranic verses on it so I can wipe my a$$ with it every day.
And what about these so called mullahs intimidating the passengers on a US flight with threatening behavior? I wish I would have been there to confront them. After 9/11 I say as the Jews say “Never Again”.
Sorry people….I’ve just had it. Time to call Islam what it is.

Samoyed on November 25, 2006 at 12:35 am

you guys make me sick………you know nothing about Islam. It does not condone these types of acts. These people act on their own. Just like the sick people out their that label themselves as JEWS and Christians. Lets not forget Benjamin Netanyahu Ariel Sharon these are the real terrorists. The truth will PREVAIL.
If you have guts Debbie you’ll let this comment post . But you wont because you are a controlling jew just like the rest of them. I get sick to my stomach everytime I hear your name

Jewlover on November 29, 2006 at 6:27 pm

Please folks : Not only Islam … but any other religion has so-called followers. Any acts or transgressions done by those followers cannot be held proof against the abstracts of the religion. Arrogance and hate lead no where. I truly agree those people transgresed on the poor woman, but who ever said they are Muslim. Names mean nothing.
A lot of people carry names that hide their true nature. I cannot even condemn those two people. No one has the actual facts since it was all based on hearsay. But I tend to beleive the Indonesian woman from knowing similar cases. But at the same Token I am sure those couple cannot be so damn arrogant and stupid as to do actual slavery on American soil. It is done, but I kind of hate lynch mob mentality.

Mohamed_Fawzi on December 3, 2006 at 6:12 am

SCERW U DEBBIE..I HOPE U DIE A SLOW PAINFULL DEATH U b@#$&..ALL U AMERICANS WHO CALL ISLAM & MUSLIMS TERROISTS..U URSELF R THE TERROISTS…I HOPE U GETT MY MSG!!!!!ALL OF U BURN IN HELL,,,ITS UR FUALT AL-TURKI IS IN PRISON..I WISH U HAVE KIDS ONE DAY THEN SOMEONE WILL TAKE U AWAY FROM THEM..WE WILL SEE HOW U FEEL THEN!!!!!! MAKE JOKES..LAUGH ABOUT THE CASE..ONE DAY GOD WILL BRING THE TRUTH..HE IS INNOCENT!! SCREW ALL WHO WROTE BS ON AL-TURKI..U BETTER POST THIS!!

AMK on February 25, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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