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Awkal is no crazier than Saddam Hussein, who refused to understand that America was attacking him because he had invaded another country, and not because of a conspiracy against him. He is no crazier than Al-Bashir, the Butcher of Sudan, who called the International Criminal Court’s indictment of him on war crimes charges a conspiracy. On a smaller scale than these men, Awkal had planned out a crime in detail and then carried it out.
Insanity has a cultural context. In a culture where the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia bans Pokemon on charges that it promotes Zionism, where Egyptian officials can blame tourist deaths on Zionist sharks and where the majority of Muslims do not believe that September 11 was carried out by Muslims, he is not insane. Awkal’s inability to take responsibility and belief in conspiracy theories and even the actual murders are normal in his religious culture.
Despite his antics, even a psychiatric witness for his defense in the original trial testified that Awkal was sane. This was used by his defenders to argue that he had never received a fair trial. Awkal’s claims that he was in contact with the CIA or that he went temporarily insane after watching the Sally Field movie, “Not Without My Daughter,” about a woman who escapes her Muslim husband, don’t change the fact that he is completely aware of what he did and why he is being executed. Even after blaming Islamophobia, Awkal still admitted, “But I know I killed them and the jury found me guilty.”
After he finally receives his long-delayed lethal injection, Awkal expects to see an Angel of Death who will ask him whether he believes in Allah, Mohammed and Islam. This will determine if he gets into Islamic paradise, despite his crimes. While he agonizes over Allah forgiving him for eating non-Halal meat, he seems to have no similar worries over being forgiven for murdering his wife. Instead, he told a reporter that he would do it all over again “a million times.”
Abdul Awkal was not executed as scheduled. Instead he will continue cluttering up the criminal justice system, as he has for the last twenty years. When Awkal was first sentenced to death, he said that he assumed it would come within a few weeks, the way it would have in his native Lebanon. Instead the Ohio Justice & Policy Center has managed to keep Akwal from facing justice. And the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, like so many evils, is traceable to a single source. The Open Society Institute.
Abdul Awkal’s true savior, the man who kept the Lakeview Courthouse honor-killer from facing justice for his crimes, is not Allah or Mohammed, but the man whose fortune helps fund the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. George Soros.
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