WARNING: This post contains extremely graphic photographs and imagery –
Not suitable viewing for children & teens under 18 Years of Age [imo]
I located the following post [see below after my comments] following links from Dead Wild Roses [thanks].
I don’t care what anyone thinks about what I am about to say. I don’t care if it comes off as NOT politically correct. I don’t care who I offend, who coddle and protect the radicals in the religion of Islam. As far as I am concerned my voice is the voice of any and every American woman who finds this post and has to look at these photos below for the very first time. I am her voice. She is my voice. And we all cry out for these women, whose voices could not be heard in time, as they cried out against what was being done to them. As women, these are our sisters, even though we have never met. They need to be prayed for every night. Never forget these faces you are about to see. These are the faces of absolute spiritual courage. Any one of these women now has more courage than ten thousand of the sick weak uneducated wicked little cowardly men who did this to them. The souls of these women will one day soar in Eternity straight into God’s arms [Allah]. The souls of the men who did this to them, will eventually be tried, prosecuted in Heaven, and dismantled in the Second Death.
There are 10,000 reasons why radical Islam MUST NEVER be allowed to take hold in this country, the United States of America, where I live, where I was born, and which I love deeply. What you are going to see in the re-post below represents – in my opinion – the NUMBER ONE reason: the treatment of their women and girl children by radical Islamic males in the Islamic cultures and nations.
What I want to talk about is the lack of any apparent American outrage over the severe catastrophic abuse, physical torture and torment and abject atrocities which are being perpetrated on middle eastern and Islamic women and girl children by radical islamic men in their communities. The re-post below is about acid burning of Islamic women, mostly over trifles. It’s been documented that this has taken place at least 7,800 times. This is a hideous terror tactic, the ultimate act of male savagery and utter cowardice, which is being used to try to intimidate these women into being too horrified of reprisals to ask for any basic human rights.
American politicians, military men and women and Washington D.C. lawmakers from both parties: hear me loud and clear.
A nation that will do this to it’s own women and girl children is a nation that deserves the full cup of the wrath of God, in whatever form it eventually takes. Consider this post to be my spiritual indictment of the radical fringe of the Islamic religion, in it’s most extreme form, for it’s radical Imams and militant spiritual leaders to allow this evil heinous cruel and unspeakable practice to take place, to cover this up with a thin veneer of pretense that it does not happen, to refuse to prosecute the men and boys who are doing this to the women in their communities, is an abomination to all civilized life on earth.
My message to those who are the perpetrators of acid burning is this:
“You have no idea what kind of Divine Justice will eventually be served upon you by the AGENTS of the Heavenly Father during the closing chapters of the final judgment of this world for what you are doing to your women and children. You are bringing the wrath of God onto your entire nations by these acts. The Father in Heaven especially abhors men who are loved and trusted by their spouses and children, who turn on them like evil monsters, and perpetrate such hideous evil nonhuman acts of savagery and violence. You will be treated by God in the end, just exactly as you have treated your women and children.”
To turn one’s face away from what is happening to these women in the mideast is to turn your face away if it happened to your own spouse, daughter, or any woman in your family.
If these radical fundamentalist Islamic men are doing this: literally pouring acid onto their own women, in secret, as a punishment in their own communities, with other men fully complicit in the act by refusing to stop them, or to shame them, refusing to bear witness against them, and refusing to pursue, apprehend and prosecute them – then what would they do, if their barbarism was fully unleashed on western women?
Does the reader grasp what I am saying here? If these men, these so called pious religious men, who exude pure absolute evil by these kinds of acts, if these men would do this to their own wives and daughters, what would they do to western women? Has anyone thought about this? You should be thinking about it. For if we do not think about this, and act upon what we know is right in defending our country against radical Islam, within our own borders, then this [see re-post below] will be at our door in ten years or less.
Silence is Consent. Do not be silent! Raise the voice of American men and women in righteous outrage against the disfiguring of any woman, or any living soul anywhere.
My soul cries out to God when I look at these photos: “This is pure and total barbarism. End it. Put an end to this forever. No woman who wants to learn, who wants to grow and become more advanced, who wants to better herself or hr children, should be turned into a monster for desiring these good things.”
What you will see in the re-post below, in my opinion is absolute evil being done to these innocent Islamic women. If any specific act sums up the phrase “the spirit of Antichrist,” then acid burning is that act. To me, this is another foretelling of the global spiritual apostasy to come.It is a dark sign. It is an evil omen.
It makes the acts perpetrated in the Nazi concentration camps against innocent jews pale in comparison. This is human evil and abject barbarism in it’s most gruesome manifestation, and it is an omen of the evil which will rise out of the mideast to horrify and attack the goodness which is fighting to stay alive in the world if we do not move to stop it NOW, while we can.
These women have been turned into monsters of disfigurement for WANTING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS: their voices to be heard, an education, perhaps a chance to travel, to not be sold into a loveless marriage like a farm animal, not to be treated like a slave in their own homes, a better life for themselves and their children.
Where is American public awareness AND THE VOICE OF SPIRITUAL OUTRAGE on this ISSUE?
Where are the “20/20” TV shows, documentary films, “48 Hours” in depth coverage, where is the American voice THAT SHOULD BE SPEAKING OUT in this matter?
These are innocent females of the human species, who have to LIVE ON, after this has been done to them, who have to find a way to find the courage to face another day, every day, for the rest of their lives. This is the final fruit of radical Islam. This is what they do to the women who bear their children. Take this in. Don’t turn your face away. Face this. This is the level of evil that we are facing as a nation to defend America, ourselves our neighbors, and our deepest and most devout spiritual beliefs in the true potential goodness of humanity against deranged fundamentalist monsters disguised as radical religious practitioners, true monsters, who do this to their women supported by the other male monsters in their communities who cowardly refuse to pursue and prosecute the perpetrators.
Jesus told us, “You will know them by their fruits.”
What is this fruit telling you?
Behold the Faces of These Heroes: These are portraits of Ultimate Spiritual Courage
The Unthinkable Has Place Already More Than 7,800 times: Acid Burning islamic women as punishment
EDITOR’S NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT
Text by Jim Verhulst, Times’ Perspective editor | Photos by Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press
We typically think of terrorism as a political act.
But sometimes it’s very personal. It wasn’t a government or a guerrilla insurgency that threw acid on this woman’s face in Pakistan. It was a young man whom she had rejected for marriage. As the United States ponders what to do in Afghanistan — and for that matter, in Pakistan — it is wise to understand both the political and the personal, that the very ignorance and illiteracy and misogyny that create the climate for these acid attacks can and does bleed over into the political realm. Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times op-ed columnist who traveled to Pakistan last year to write about acid attacks, put it this way in an essay at the time: “I’ve been investigating such acid attacks, which are commonly used to terrorize and subjugate women and girls in a swath of Asia from Afghanistan through Cambodia (men are almost never attacked with acid). Because women usually don’t matter in this part of the world, their attackers are rarely prosecuted and acid sales are usually not controlled. It’s a kind of terrorism that becomes accepted as part of the background noise in the region. …
“Bangladesh has imposed controls on acid sales to curb such attacks, but otherwise it is fairly easy in Asia to walk into a shop and buy sulfuric or hydrochloric acid suitable for destroying a human face. Acid attacks and wife burnings are common in parts of Asia because the victims are the most voiceless in these societies: They are poor and female. The first step is simply for the world to take note, to give voice to these women.” Since 1994, a Pakistani activist who founded the Progressive Women’s Association to help such women “has documented 7,800 cases of women who were deliberately burned, scalded or subjected to acid attacks, just in the Islamabad area. In only 2 percent of those cases was anyone convicted.”
The geopolitical question is already hard enough: Should the United States commit more troops to Afghanistan and for what specific purpose? As American policymakers mull the options, here is a frame of reference that puts the tough choices in even starker relief: Are acid attacks a sign of just how little the United States can do to solve intractable problems there — therefore, we should pull out? Or having declared war on terrorism, must the United States stay out of moral duty, to try to protect women such as these — and the schoolgirls whom the Taliban in Afghanistan sprayed with acid simply for going to class — who have suffered a very personal terrorist attack? We offer links to smart essays that come to differing conclusions.
• In August, Perspective published a New York Times Magazine piece that followed up the story of Afghan sisters Shamsia and Atifa Husseini, who were attacked with acid simply for attending school. If you wish to refresh your memory, you may read the original article.
• Two very smart, informed observers come to opposite conclusions on the proper U.S. course of action in Afghanistan:
1. In his “Think Tank” blog at NewYorker.com, Steve Coll argues why we can’t leave — “What If We Fail In Afghanistan?” Read the essay in full.
2. In an essay entitled “The War We Can’t Win” in Commonweal (also reprinted in the November issue of Harper’s), Andrew J. Bacevich makes the case that we are overstating the importance of Afghanistan to U.S. interests. Bacevich is a professor of International Relations at Boston University and the author, most recently, of The Limits of Power. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, he served from 1969 to 1992, in Vietnam and the first Persian Gulf War. He was a conservative critic of the Iraq war. Several of his essays have run before in Perspective. Read his essay in full.
• Read the original story about acid attacks by Nicholas Kristof.
Irum Saeed, 30, poses for a photograph at her office at the Urdu University of Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, July 24, 2008. Irum was burned on her face, back and shoulders twelve years ago when a boy whom she rejected for marriage threw acid on her in the middle of the street. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars.
Shameem Akhter, 18, poses for a photograph at her home in Jhang, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 10, 2008. Shameem was raped by three boys who then threw acid on her three years ago. Shameem has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars.
Najaf Sultana, 16, poses for a photograph at her home in Lahore, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 9, 2008. At the age of five Najaf was burned by her father while she was sleeping, apparently because he didn’t want to have another girl in the family. As a result of the burning Najaf became blind and after being abandoned by both her parents she now lives with relatives. She has undergone plastic surgery around 15 times to try to recover from her scars.
Shehnaz Usman, 36, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Shehnaz was burned with acid by a relative due to a familial dispute five years ago. Shehnaz has undergone plastic surgery 10 times to try to recover from her scars.
Shahnaz Bibi, 35, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Ten years ago Shahnaz was burned with acid by a relative due to a familial dispute. She has never undergone plastic surgery.
Kanwal Kayum, 26, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Kanwal was burned with acid one year ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has never undergone plastic surgery.
Munira Asef, 23, poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. Munira was burned with acid five years ago by a boy whom she rejected for marriage. She has undergone plastic surgery 7 times to try to recover from her scars.
Bushra Shari, 39, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Lahore, Pakistan, Friday, July. 11, 2008. Bushra was burned with acid thrown by her husband five years ago because she was trying to divorce him. She has undergone plastic surgery 25 times to try to recover from her scars.
Memuna Khan, 21, poses for a photograph in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. Menuna was burned by a group of boys who threw acid on her to settle a dispute between their family and Menuna’s. She has undergone plastic surgery 21 times to try to recover from her scars.
Zainab Bibi, 17, adjusts her veil as she poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Zainab was burned on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars.
Naila Farhat, 19, poses for a photograph in Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008. Naila was burned on her face with acid thrown by a boy whom she rejected for marriage five years ago. She has undergone plastic surgery several times to try to recover from her scars.
Saira Liaqat, 26, poses for the camera as she holds a portrait of herself before being burned, at her home in Lahore, Pakistan, Wednesday, July 9, 2008. When she was fifteen, Saira was married to a relative who would later attack her with acid after insistently demanding her to live with him, although the families had agreed she wouldn’t join him until she finished school. Saira has undergone plastic surgery 9 times to try to recover from her scars.
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