April 28, 2008, - 4:46 pm
An Iraqi who murdered his teenage daughter for falling in love with a British soldier will not face charges.
Rand Abdel-Qader, 17, had grown close to a blond infantryman known only as Paul in Basra. When her father Ali Abdel-Qader found out, he went berserk, beating her and stamping on her throat in an ‘honour killing’.
But astonishingly Ali – who has Basra government and police links – was released after being held for two hours. Sgt Ali Jabbar said: ‘Not much can be done when we have an honour killing. You are in a Muslim society.’
Remind me again why we’re still there, why our soldiers died for this kind of society to continue to exist.
Rand met Paul through her voluntary work and knew him for five months. Her best friend Zeinab, 19, said Rand told her Paul, who she last saw in January, called her Princess and vowed to take her to London.
She added: ‘I had to remind Rand she was a Muslim and her family was never going to accept her marrying a Christian, British soldier. Her mind was very far from reality, but closer to an impossible dream.’
And this was different from Saddam, how?
Shi’ite Muslim Mission Accomplished. For us, not so much.