They came to Quebec from Afghanistan in 2007. And, for all the sympathetic media murmurings about the difficulties of transitioning from a highly traditional culture to a First World society, the Shafias did find certain uses for modernity: In planning the killing of his sisters, Hamed used a Google search – “where to commit a murder”.
It’s hard to see what Canada has to gain from admitting significant numbers of people from the culture that spawned the Shafias. Perhaps in time one could make functioning western citizens of them, but it would be a slow process and, even if we had the stomach for it, would be unlikely to justify itself in cost-benefit terms. So instead they come and settle into a culture that asks nothing of them.
And slowly but remorselessly we adapt to them: Police departments learn to tiptoe round touchy subjects like “honour killing”; hospitals evolve from “FGM” (the pejorative “female genital mutilation”) to “FGC” (the less judgmental “female genital cutting”); and a courthouse in Ontario discreetly reorders its day in order not to inconvenience the translators that “Canadian citizens” now require:
“On Fridays, the judge told the jurors, the lunch schedule will be shifted so the interpreters, all male, can get to mosque for prayers.”
The multicultural experiment is not worth it. By the time those who foisted it on the post-war west acknowledge that, it will be too late.