I have always been amazed at Emad Hajjaj’s ability to merge two issues-of-the-day together that are typically unreleated, and still gaurentee some comedic gold. Such can be said of his latest caricature depicting a frazzled Abu Mahjoob with gun in hand and Abu Mohammad pushing him on.
Abu Mahjoob: “I jumped in and found him embracing her! He saw me and was surprised…and then he took her and ran! Man, my blood is boiling! What should I do?”
Abu Mohammad: “Go get him and shoot him without a moment’s hesitation! Stealing a gas cylinder in this economic climate is considered an honor crime! And take care of that cylinder. Haram…she’s innocent!!”
Lingering on the same thread of thought for a minute, it would be interesting – in a freakonomics sort of way – to see whether the economy does have an impact on honor crimes. One might deduce that tougher economic times tend to induce the elements that make up an honor crime, specifically things like unemployment and idleness, social frustration, concerns regarding moral degradation, a retreat to conservative norms that emphasize notions of honor, etc, etc.
Another note: while having increased dramatically in price over the past few years, gas cylinders are still subsidized by the government, to the tune of roughly JD70 million a year.