What is the explanation for this?:
An Egyptian woman married to a man with six daughters from previous marriages drowned herself Saturday just hours after giving birth to a girl because she feared her husband's reaction to fathering another daughter.
Our explanation is simple: the husband is a vile bastard.
But does everyone else agree? Keen to welcome other voices into the gentle bosom of Setting The World To Rights, we asked others what they think, and here, in their own words, are their answers:
Psychologist: Clearly, this tragic event was caused by a clinical depression brought on by a post-natal hormonal imabalance.
Sociobiologist: A certain mutant gene, activated by her pregnancy, gave her an increased tendency to commit suicide.
Astrologer: Jupiter's alignment with Venus, which represents motherhood, shortened her lifeline.
Leftist: When people live in such poverty, desperation is the natural result, and this sort of sad event is inevitable.
Palestinian: What a waste! If she was going to kill herself, she could have taken some Jews with her.
Egyptian Government: We are investigating the possibility that this was not a suicide, and have already captured several Mossad agents.
Environmentalist: This is a catastrophe: dead bodies in the canal endanger the water snails. We demand that earth barriers be put up alongside all canals to protect them from such attacks in future.
Postmodernist Idiotarian: By Western logic, this was a tragedy. But the West is too powerful, and should stop assuming that its values are the only truth. The West should stop trying to suppress the freedom of other cultures to live according to their own values. It is wrong for us to denigrate Egypt's amazing culture.
Idiotarian Economist: An individual's preferences are revealed in his actions. This individual clearly preferred to die. It was her choice, based on her perception of the costs and benefits of her options.
Muslim cleric: She killed herself virtuously, out of recognition of her personal failure to fulfil her duty to obey her husband and bear him sons.
Libertarian: During this suicide, the only force initiated was by the woman against herself. She had a right to do this. Therefore, nothing bad happened.
Frank's Rumsfeld: Rarr!
So, gentle reader, what do you think? Your voice is welcome too, dear friend.