Sunday, July 11, 2010

Iraqi emirs offer fatwa calling for "mandatory marriage" to widows

Timothy Williams has a story in the “This Week in Review” section of the July 11 New York Times, “Wanted: Jihadists to Marry Widdows”, link here.

The word “marry” here doesn’t invoke Franz Lehar at all. Some experts believe that the idea is an admission of mission “failure”, whereas others say it has to do with “earthly” reward of family and raising a new generation of jihadists. Marriage is very critical to tribe survival in their society, just as it was at the time of Mohammed.

It’s interesting how marriage is so often arrange to serve other people’s purposes in many parts of the world, sometimes here. It's like the movie "Marty".

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