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Having become apprised of the “knowledge of good and evil,” Adam and Eve leave Eden equipped with human consciousness, self-consciousness, and conscience as well as perhaps rather fashionable skins sewn for them by God Almighty Himself (Genesis 3).

The arrival of that language — inspired, invented, disseminated, borrowed, and twisted — within the monotheist psyche sets the stage for progressive awakening across time, for we know ourselves to be conscious, self-conscious, and possessed of conscience, and there is nothing quite like the expression of all of that in legal code to tell the character of separable related cultures along psychological axis made plain through reflection in the eyes of others.

Until today in the Arab world, it was perfectly fine to arrest the complainant in a rape incident, find her guilty of having in various ways tempted the man or men by way of behaviors forbidden by Koranic edict, and sentence her to a term in jail.

Enter Marte Deborah Dalelv, that shameless hussy who broke the first rule by which dictatorships are sustained: silence!

“The AP does not identity the names of alleged sexual assault victims, but Dalelv went public voluntarily to talk to media.”

It sounds so harmless “to talk to media.”

What Dalelv did by doing so was drag Dubai’s ethical, legal, and moral confusion out into the sunlight, and while not for the first time in the vicinity — the 2008 setup and gang rape of Alicia Gale at a Starwood Hotels outpost in the United Arab Emirate played in the news earlier this year as a related lawsuit with publicity made its way into the courts — it has proven such an embarrassment (remember: God made us self-conscious and possessed of conscience) that Dubai, ever conservative — or inclined to mask its shame for the time being — maintained Dalelv’s “conviction” but truncated her 16-month sentence with a swift pardon.

CBS News.  “Marte Deborah Dalelv: Norwegian woman’s 16-month sentence in Dubai after rape claim draws outrage.”  July 21, 2013.

WA Today.  “Dubai pardons rape case woman.”  July 22, 2013.

Whether or not Dubai’s legal atmosphere and code change to align with a modern philosophy of human rights, and whether slowly or swiftly, we shall see, but to judge by the Dalelv case, it may be on its way, for if nothing else, Dubai wants to push this latest eye-roller away from its brand.

Dubai, however, cannot push the same away from its consciousness or conscience.

By the graces of the World Wide Web, the world’s largest social feedback system, it’s greatest mirror, it’s learning what it looks like in and through the eyes of others.

Additional Reference

Normative Remirroring

Women Emerging in Leadership – Dubai (the page may be thin and possibly outdated, but the signaling content would seem immense and irreversible).

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