For the moment, let's look at a Muslim who cut off his wife's head. Mark Steyn has a few moments of clarity to shed on this bloody event:
Look at the late Aasiya Hassan, beautifully coiffed, glossy-lipped. On countless occasions since 9/11, I've found myself at lunch or dinner in New York, London, Washington, Paris or some other western city, sitting next to a modern Muslim woman like Mrs Hassan telling me how horrified she is at how hijabs and burqas, honor killings and genital mutilation, forced cousin marriages and the disproportionate number of Muslim wives in European battered women's shelters, how all these have come to define Muslim womanhood in the 21st century. Yet Aasiya Hassan ended up no differently - all because her husband's TV network had a cashflow problem?
Islam has been around for roughly 1,400 years as a system of rule. That, in some way, shows it has potency. In some way it obviously "works" for a massive number of people over many centuries. There's something significantly "right" about it or it wouldn't have survived, as Truepeers points out often. The same can be said of Hunter/Gatherer societies; and even moreso about dinosaurs. One man cutting off his wife's head isn't anything at all in the vastness of history. Beheading every woman over the age of 40 is no big thing in the larger scheme of things. Life would go on. The problem is one of morality. And who, really, is to decide such a cosmic question once for all?
If Islam works, who are we to say anything about it? Perchance, in the fullness of time, Muslims will gradually reform themselves into something more akin to "non-wife beheaders." Yes, like anything, we'll find back-sliders here and there, the occasional Muslim who cuts off his wife's head; but what the hey? If we don't give moderate men a chance to settle into life as easy-going guys without the pressure of having to conform to laws we make, they might feel the pressure too much, and they might behead their wives all the more often. Let's forget Islam and chat about money and other universals. That Islam itself is based on war, slavery, and rape, pillage and murder? Well, let's find some nice middle-class people and chat. Jihad? It's a bridge we can cross when we come to it. Yeah. We can talk about it, as Theo van Gogh said