What astounds me most is that you hear nothing from the limo-libs about this world-wide travesty where, according to the Koran, have little more value than a dog. The conundrum to many is the apparent lack of retaliation towards the oppressors by the victims. Fear, could be considered as a restraining force in keeping abused spouses silent but it has been my experience that fear will only serve to keep a people in line for a while. The deeper chains that keep many third-world females silent lie within their own spiritual beliefs. The understanding of what a good Muslim woman as a opposed to a bad Muslim woman is programmed into the victim, sometimes from birth. And it appears that shame and guilt can trump fear as a restraining force.