Skip to comments.Gays flee Iraq as Shia death squads find a new target
Posted on 08/06/2006 4:40:27 PM PDT by NYer
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.
There is growing evidence that Shia militias have been killing men suspected of being gay and children who have been sold to criminal gangs to be sexually abused. The threat has led to a rapid increase in the numbers of Iraqi homosexuals now seeking asylum in the UK because it has become impossible for them to live safely in their own country.
Ali Hili runs the Iraqi LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) group out of London. He used to have 40 volunteers in Iraq but says after recent raids by militia in Najaf, Karbala and Basra he has lost contact with half of them. They move to different safe houses to protect their identities, but their work is incredibly dangerous.
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.
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Graphic photos obtained from Baghdad sources too frightened to identify themselves as having known a gay man, and seen by the Observer, show other gay Iraqis who have been executed. One shows two men, suspected of having a relationship, blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs - guns at the ready behind their heads - awaiting execution. Another picture captured on a mobile phone shows a gay man being beaten to death. Yet another shows a corpse being dragged through the streets after his execution.
One photograph is of the mutilated, burnt body of 38-year-old Karar Oda from Sadr City. He was kidnapped by the Badr Brigade in mid-June. They work with the Ministry of Interior and are the informal armed wing of the Supreme Council of Islamic Revolution in Iraq, who make up the largest Shia bloc in the Iraq parliament. Oda's family were given an arrest warrant signed by the Ministry of Interior which said their son deserved to be arrested and killed for immorality as a homosexual. His body was found ten days later.
OMG! They will probably be invited here if they promise to vote "politically correctly".
"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."
They also do this to women that get pregnant out of wedlock, drug abusers, thieves and any women who have an abortion.
But it is ok to have sex with little boys.
This world is so screweed up.
Just one question...wouldn't it be more beneficial to hunt down the members of the criminal gangs who were doing the abusing?
Or is this too logical for muslims? Talk about killing the messenger..
Certainly will cut down the number of future "suicide" bombers, won't it?
Since the article is about gays being murdered and their murder is seen as an honor killing for which the murderer won't be punished, I don't quite see your point.
I thought men having sex with boys was a way of life in the mideast - which is why they all grow up so concerned about "humiliation" - they were "humiliated" systematically when they were kids. I'll bet all those sheikhs, imams and mullahs are some of the worst offenders. Strange people.
Perhaps I'm being paranoid...but, a new way to get sleeper cells into the west quickly?
Q. "Just cause?"
A. "Yeah. Just cause I felt like it."
NO cheers, unfortunately.
In this culture, males sexually penetrating males becomes a manifestation of male power, conferring a status of hyper-masculinity. It is considered to have nothing to do with homosexuality. An unmarried man who has sex with boys is simply doing what men do. As the scholar Bruce Dunne has demonstrated, sex in Islamic societies is not about mutuality between partners, but about the adult male's achievement of pleasure through violent domination.
There is silence around this issue. It is the silence that legitimizes sexual violence against women, such as honor crimes and female circumcision. It is also the silence that forces victimized Arab boys into invisibility. Even though the society does not see their sexual exploitation as being humiliating, the psychological and emotional scars that result from their subordination, powerlessness and humiliation is a given. Traumatized by the violation of their dignity and manliness, they spend the rest of their lives trying to get it back.
The problem is that trying to recover from sexual abuse, and to recapture ones own shattered masculinity, is quite an ordeal in a culture where women are hated and love is interpreted as hegemonic control.
With women out of touch and out of sight -- until marriage, males experience pre-marital sex only in the confines of being with other males. Their sexual outlet mostly includes victimizing younger males just the way they were victimized.
In all of these circumstances, the idea of love is removed from men's understanding of sexuality. Like the essence of Arab masculinity, it is reduced to hurting others by violence. A gigantic rupture develops between men and women, where no harmony, affection or equality is allowed to exist. In relationships between men, meanwhile, affection, solidarity and empathy are left out of the picture. They threaten the hyper-masculine order.
It is excruciating to imagine the sexual confusion, humiliation, and repression that evolve in the mindsets of males in this culture. But it is no surprise that many of these males find their only avenue for gratification in the act of humiliating the foreign "enemy," whose masculinity must be violated at all costs as theirs once was.
Violating the masculinity of the enemy necessitates the dishing out of severe violence against him. In the recent terrorist strikes, therefore, violence against Americans served as a much-needed release of the terrorists bottled-up sexual rage. Moreover, it served as a desperate and pathological testament of the re-masculinization of their emasculated selves.
Q. "Just cause?"
A. "Yeah. Just cause I felt like it."
NO cheers, unfortunately.
This Guardian reporter is to be commended. He/She was shown a photograph originating in the Mideast and reported as fact not only the photograph but also the 'fact' that these men were soon to be executed. How inept can MSM get?
It's a totalitarian society. Those in power are not subject to punishment. The sheiks and mullahs routinely troll for little boys as the objects of their homosexual satisfaction. Once violated, it is perfectly permissible to execute the victims of the homosexual activity. A former co-worker who served in Saudi Arabia said his base commander restricted all troops to the base while the local sheik was trolling for new victims. The sheik and his buddies would drive out of town to a local establishment where they could drink and gamble in a private room...out of the public eye. Islamic piety is the height of hypocrisy.
An issue the left can get behind! ;^)
"Since the article is about gays being murdered and their murder is seen as an honor killing for which the murderer won't be punished, I don't quite see your point."
I guess my point is Radical Islam looks at gays, drug abusers and other "moral crimes" as a pock on society.
In this article it only used gays. Could have been anything. I submit that the reason we are hated so much by Islam is not Judeo/Christian values, but a breakdown in them by a segment of our society. Basically, Radical Islam hate liberals but need liberalism to breakdown our society enough to suit their objectives.
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