Afghan policewoman who murdered American “suffered from mental illness and was driven to suicidal despair by poverty,” her children say
And Reuters reports it all without a hint of a critical eye. She must have been mentally ill since she turned her gun on an “ally,” right? And the dozens of other Afghans who have murdered their “allies” in recent months were all also mentally ill, right? They must have been — because above all we know that this couldn’t have anything to do with anyone following the example of early Muslims who were bidden by Muhammad to deceive unbelievers so as to get close enough to kill them.
Annoyed by the mockery of the poet Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf, Muhammad asked his men: “Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle?” One of the Muslims, Muhammad bin Maslama answered, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?” When Muhammad said that he would, Muhammad bin Maslama said, “Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab).” Muhammad responded: “You may say it.” Muhammad bin Maslama duly lied to Ka’b, luring him into his trap, and murdered him. (Bukhari 5.59.369)
But we already know that Islam has nothing, nothing, nothing, nothing whatsoever to do with the actions of Narges Rezaeimomenabad and others who have murdered their “allies.” It must be because she was mentally ill and, of course, desperately poor — especially because she was poor. See, if the kuffar just come across with more money, all this trouble will go away.
KABUL (Reuters) – The Afghan policewoman suspected of killing a U.S. contractor at police headquarters in Kabul suffered from mental illness and was driven to suicidal despair by poverty, her children told Reuters on Wednesday.
The woman was identified by authorities as Narges Rezaeimomenabad, a 40-year-old grandmother and mother of three who moved here from Iran 10 years ago and married an Afghan man.
On Monday morning, she loaded a pistol in a bathroom at the police compound, hid it in her long scarf and shot an American police trainer, apparently becoming the first Afghan woman to carry out such an attack.
Narges also tried to shoot police officials after killing the American. Luckily for them, her pistol jammed. Her husband is also under investigation.
Her son Sayed, 16, and daughter Fatima, 13, described how they tried to call their parents 100 times after news broke of the shooting, then waited in vain for them to come home.
They recalled Narges’s severe mood swings, and how at times she beat them and even pulled out a knife. But the children said she was consistent in bemoaning poverty.
“She was usually complaining about poverty. She was complaining to my father about our conditions. She was saying that my father was poor,” Sayid said in an interview in their damp, cold two-room cement house.
On the floor beside him were his mother’s prescriptions and a thick plastic bag filled with pills she tried to swallow to end the misery about a month ago. On another occasion, she cut her wrist with a razor, Sayed said.
“My father was usually calm and sometimes would say that she was guilty too because it wasn’t a forced marriage. They fell in love and got married.”
There was no sign in their neighborhood of the billions of dollars of Western aid that have poured into Afghanistan since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001, or of government investment.
RAW SEWAGE, STAGNANT WATER, DIRT ROADS
The lane outside their home stank of raw sewage.
Dirty, stagnant water filled holes in dirt roads nearby, where children in tattered clothes played and butchers stood by cow’s hooves in shops choked by dust.
Afghanistan is one of the world’s poorest nations, with a third of its 30 million residents living under the poverty line.
The sole distractions from the daily grind appeared to be a deck of playing cards and a compact disc with songs from Iranian pop singers, scattered on the floor of a room where Narges would lock herself in and weep, or sit in silence.
At times, Narges would try to focus on building her children’s confidence, telling them to be guided by the Muslim holy book, the Koran, to tackle life’s problems….
Clearly she herself was thus guided.