Monday, August 07, 2006

Iraqi liberation brings misery to gays

This is more saddening than surprising:
Hardline Islamic insurgent groups in Iraq are targeting a new type of victim with the full protection of Iraqi law, The Observer can reveal. The country is seeing a sudden escalation of brutal attacks on what are being called the 'immorals' - homosexual men and children as young as 11 who have been forced into same-sex prostitution.
It's not only flamboyant gays that are being killed. Innocent children, abducted into the sex trade and prostituted out to homosexual men, are getting bullets through the eyes. And it's legal:
Eleven-year-old Ameer Hasoon al-Hasani was kidnapped by policemen from the front of his house last month. He was known in his district to have been forced into prostitution. His father Hassan told me he searched for his son for three days after his abduction, then found him, shot in the head. A copy of the death certificate confirms the cause of death.

Homosexuality is seen as so immoral that it qualifies as an 'honour killing' to murder someone who is gay - and the perpetrator can escape punishment. Section 111 of Iraq's penal code lays out protections for murder when people are acting against Islam.
I think of my thirteen year-old brother and get sick to the stomach.

Iraq is a disaster. Bush's quixotic goal of bringing a Jeffersonian democracy, along with the peace and prosperity that putatively come with it, has crashed tragically on rocks of reality. Almost 2,600 of our most patriotic have been sacrificed, $300 billion has been poured down the drain, and we've unnecessarily alienated our natural allies. For it we have growing Iranian influence in the region, liberated Iraqis chanting "Death to America" and burning American and Israeli flags in the streets of Baghdad, and theocratically-determined sharia law budding up across the ummah.

It's time to realize that liberal democracy is a privilege, not a natural right. We don't give driver's licenses to blind people because giving them freedom on the road has catastrophic implications. Lots of people--lots of societies--cannot handle democracy either. Iraq has an esimated average IQ of 87, a PPP of $3,400 (due mostly to oil production), an extensively inbred population, a tribalistic social structure, and an uncompromising and intolerant religious belief system. This is a recipe for disaster. Better to have such a population under an authoritative regime that has the iron-fisted will to keep the society from unravelling into chaotic anarchy on the national level and ugly populism on the local level, especially for 'protected' groups like women, gays, and minorities.

Gay leader Ali Hili says life was better under Saddam:
We were very modern. We were very, very Western culturalized — Iraq — comparing to the rest of the Middle East. Why it's been shifted to this Islamic dark ages country? We were much better off in the Saddam time, although he's a tyrant.
Because our leftist neocon leaders are incapable of realizing that unelected tyrants in the Middle East bring the backwards Islamic world much closer to modernity than does giving the people a right to control their own destiny.

Grand Ayatollah Al-Sistani appears to condone the violence against homosexuals (although not specifically against children):
Islam considers homosexuality sinful. A website published in the Iranian city of Qom in the name of Ayatollah Sistani, Iraq's most revered Shia cleric, says: "Those who commit sodomy must be killed in the harshest way". ...

The BBC asked Mr Sistani's representative, Seyed Kashmiri, to explain the ruling.

"Homosexuals and lesbians are not killed for practising their inclinations for the first time," Mr Kashmiri said in a response sent via email. "There are certain conditions drawn out by jurists before this punishment can be implemented, which is perhaps similar to the punishment meted out by other heavenly religions."

Hmm, obscure passage in Romans that I've never heard mentioned even in passing at church versus international proclamation by renowned Shiite spiritual leader. Unless Kashmiri meant to add "centuries ago" after "...other heavenly religions."

The Islamic world is managing to show us how inherently flawed nation building and multiculturalism both are. Yet as the Occident continues on into senescence, the war drums beating for Iran and the West's self-immolating refusal to halt immigration from third-world sinkholes doesn't inspire confidence in our ability to learn from our mistakes.

(Clash of civilizations)


Anonymous said...

As always, I would suggest that for gays everywhere, discretion is the word.

Anonymous said...

Ever notice the left never mentions how bad gay people have it in muslim nations, only about how rough it is for homosexuals in the nasty, bigoted USA?

Where was the gay pride fest going to be held this year. Mecca, Tehran or Jerusalem? One guess.

(It was cancelled on account of war)

But AE, you are correct, another example of the total fiasco that Iraq has become. Just bomb the place to rubble and be done with it. Everybody will be better off.

crush41 said...


Not being conspicuous about your sexual orientation, whatever it may be, is certainly prudent.


The hypocrisy is so staggering that it is hard to take groups like Human Rights Watch seriously. As you say, opposition to same-sex marriage is portrayed as being the handiwork of theological extremists in the US while one has to go beyond US information sources to even be made aware of the vicious treatment of homosexuals in the 'victimized' Middle East. Outside of northern Europe, the US is the most tolerant of homosexuals on the planet.

Anonymous said...

Regarding "hypocrisy", it is probably the case that violence targeting homosexuals is pretty far down a prioritized (by seriousness of the problem, or how many people are greviously affected) list of Iraq's problems.