“The F.B.I. arrested the wife of the man who carried out a deadly terrorist attack in Orlando, Fla., and charged her with obstructing the investigation of the mass shooting,” nytimes.com reports. The move is hardly a surprise; the Fibbies interviewed Ms. Salman for hours in the attack’s immediate aftermath. Enough time has passed since then for her lawyer to craft a statement defending her client.
“Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night,” said her lawyer, Linda Moreno. “Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”
That’s quite a stretch: equating Ms. Salman’s arrest to the unfathomable suffering caused by her husband’s actions. Especially when she recently revealed that she knew her husband watched jihadist videos. And accompanied him on a trip to Disneyworld that caused officials there to report the couple as terrorist scouts.
Clearly, Ms. Salman’s lawyer will attempt to portray her client as a woman cowed into silence by a fanatical and abusive husband. Yes, well, she wasn’t under lock and key. And when the stakes are that high, is subservience a sufficient excuse for silence?
As Edmund Burke said, the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Women too.