The terrorists in the San Bernardino mass killing were ultimately identified as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 27. Malik entered the U.S. on a K-1 visa, which is required of a fiancee engaged to a U.S. citizen. These visas are granted after the applicant undergoes a rigorous security screening process aimed at preventing so-called “green card” marriages. Well, unless she is a terrorist – then, I guess, the screening isn’t so good.
Tashfeen Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS on Facebook, just before she and her husband carried out the San Bernardino massacre.
According to a FBI analysis, since 2003, 160 active shooters in the U.S. have killed 1,043 people and wounded 557. Only six of the assailants were women.
A study of female serial killers opens a window into what could be gender-specific motives: Women, the researchers found, are more likely to kill someone they know – or on behalf of someone they love. But are Islamic women even more prone to violence?
Key in this equation might be that the baby was a girl. Girls are clearly less valuable in the Islamic culture, according to Dr. Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has written extensively on the psychological consequences of the impact of Islam on women:
“The vast majority of the 700 million Muslim girls and women worldwide live without basic human rights, such as the freedom to choose their own sexual partners, their clothes, their lifestyle and, of course, their religion. The constant threat of being disowned by their family, having their few privileges revoked, being locked up, beaten or even killed prevents these Muslim from challenging the limitations set by Islamic Shariah law and its male proponents. Regular, and often very bloody, examples makes sure that only the bravest and desperate women try to escape or break the rules.”
While at first it would be hard to believe that a mother would kill other mothers, other daughters, while simultaneously abandoning her own daughter at home, Sennels explains the degradation of women inherent in Islamic culture:
“Muslim culture impairs Muslim men’s openness to women by categorizing them as unclean, less worthy, stupid, more likely to end up, in one woman’s words, ‘burning in hell for all eternity.’ This not only harms their ability to love women as equal partners, or love them at all, but can also pervert their sexuality. According to psychoanalytic theory, sexual frustration and impaired ability to love and be loved, can easily result in extreme anger and aggression, among other dysfunctional social behavior.”
He isn’t alone.
Among other scientists, Dr. Nancy Kobrin, a Minnesota-based psychoanalyst and Arabist, says Islam is a “culture in which shame and honor play decisive roles and … the debasement of women is paramount. Kobin points to clan dynamics, largely present only in gangs in Western culture, because these dynamics have been rejected by Western culture until now. In Jihad Watch, Kobin cites research that says both boys and girls are routinely orally and anally raped by male relatives, and she points to the fact that boys are often publicly circumcised just as girls are clitoridectomized. She contends that women are seen as “the source of all shame and dishonor, and treated accordingly.”
Dr. Kobrin says little girls live their lives under a communal death threat – the honor killing. She says children are raised by humiliated mothers, whose trauma and status in life affect the psychology of the children she raises. For this reason, it would be easy to see that under Islam, abandonment of a baby girl would be “humane and acceptable” if done for Allah, and could even “save” the likely eternal damnation cast upon a baby girl, simply for being a girl.
Sennels explains the hostility too often directed at the very object blamed by radical Islam when he relates his own psychological explanation of the “Underwear Bomber,” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. You will recall that he attempted to blow up an airplane in midair at Christmas day in 2009.
Abdulmutallab battled his own sexual fantasies that would be considered sinful to the Islamic ideology. Apparently, in an attempt to battle his sin, he tried to combat the sexual fantasies and fantasize about jihad instead. Ultimately, he blew up the main problem, as he saw it, for his own sin, by placing the bomb near his own genitalia in his underwear.
This is not isolated.
Often, women especially, will commit crimes directed at women, or their own children, simply in a psychological attempt to destroy those factors about themselves. It is possible that Malik’s abandonment of her own female offspring, coupled with her co-killing of mothers and daughters, was her psychological attempt to abandon and destroy what she perceived as her greatest weakness in Islam: her femininity.
This is the reason why Dr. Sennels says Islamic culture and a liberated Western culture are inherently incompatible:
Where do citizens of a country founded on the precept of freedom – which is guaranteed in the nation’s Constitution – go when the country is infiltrated with those who deem freedom incompatible with their religion?
If Islam and freedom are mutually exclusive, where do we go from here?