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Friday, March 24, 2006

Welcome to the 'new' Iraq, twinned with the 'new' Afghanistan

Iraq as we know is now the second democracy in the Middle East (ahem), so what better way to celebrate their new found liberty and freedom than by organising anti-Gay death squads. Noble causes and all that?

As violence continues on a daily basis on Iraq, President Bush is continuing his media offensive this week. A town-style meeting in West Virginia Wednesday was his latest in five straight days of appearances. The president has repeatedly lauded what he calls the birth of freedom and democracy in Iraq after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein's oppressive regime.

But yet another story out of the country paints a very different picture.

Shiite death squads in Iraq have been systematically targeting gay Iraqis for persecution and execution. The attacks follow a death-to-gays fatwa issued by Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani last October. In a question and answer section of his website, Sistani says homosexuality is "forbidden" and calls for the killing of gays in the "worst, most severe way."

The story comes in this week's issue of Gay City News. It reports that the Badr Corps have heeded Sistani's call and have been targeting gay Iraqis. The Badr Corps is the military arm of the Iranian-backed Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, a powerful Shia group that is the largest political formation in Iraq's Shia community.
Via Democracy Now!

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