Mark Steyn has his say
about the Shafia case:
The Kingston Trio
plus the first Mrs Shafia weren't victims of a crime passionnel
committed by a momentarily angry father unable to bear what he saw as
his daughters' disobedience, but of a cold, pre-meditated, well
planned act of quadruple murder in which pretty much everyone in the
family who wasn't a designated victim was in on the crime. Think
about it: This is a world in which a father and mother sit around the
kitchen table with their son plotting how to kill their three
daughters. At a certain level, such people are not fully human.....
It's hard to see what
Canada has to gain from admitting significant numbers of people from
the culture that spawned the Shafias. Perhaps in time one could make
functioning western citizens of them, but it would be a slow process
and, even if we had the stomach for it, would be unlikely to justify
itself in cost-benefit terms. So instead they come and settle into a
culture that asks nothing of them. And slowly but remorselessly we
adapt to them: Police departments learn to tiptoe round touchy
subjects like "honour killing"; hospitals evolve from "FGM"
(the pejorative "female genital mutilation") to "FGC"
(the less judgmental "female genital cutting"); and a
courthouse in Ontario discreetly reorders its day in order not to
inconvenience the translators that "Canadian citizens" now
On Fridays, the
judge told the jurors, the lunch schedule will be shifted so the
interpreters, all male, can get to mosque for prayers.
experiment is not worth it. By the time those who foisted it on the
post-war west acknowledge that, it will be too late.