Any sane, decent human being can only find this appalling:
Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was killed as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, by a “fanatic”, who believed that she was dressed inappropriately and that women should not be involved in politics, officials said today.
Ms Usman, 35, was wearing the shalwar kameez worn by many professional women in Pakistan, but did not cover her head.
Perhaps even more terrifying is the calm demeanor and warped pride this nut displayed afterwards:
Mr Sarwar appeared relaxed and calm when he told a television channel that he had carried out God’s order to kill women who sinned. “I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah’s commandment,” he said, adding that Islam did not allow women to hold positions of leadership. “I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again,” he said.
This is yet another example, as though we should need one, of the extraordinary threat posed by Islamic radicalism in the world today. This isn’t a clash of civilizations, it is a clash for civilization itself. It is the sane, rational, modern world against a mindset so irrational and warped that it simply cannot be reasoned with. And unfortunately, there are an untold number of people in the world just like him.