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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The results of the American occupation in Iraq

More like Pat Robertsonland than Saddamland for gay Iraqis.

And in a report released Monday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says the number of Iraqis killed in the last few years because they were gay or suspected of being gay could run into "hundreds." It says the government isn't doing enough to protect the rights of gays in Iraq.

"Murders are committed with impunity . . . with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street," the Human Rights Watch report on Iraqi gays says. "The killers invade the privacy of homes, abducting sons or brothers, leaving their mutilated bodies in the neighborhood the next day." [...]

A man who gave his name as Hamid told Human Rights Watch how his partner was seized at his parents' home in April by four masked, armed men dressed in black.

"He was found in the neighborhood the day after," the report quotes him as saying. "They had thrown his corpse in the garbage. His genitals were cut off and a piece of his throat was ripped out." [...]

Although homosexuality was frowned upon during Saddam Hussein's rule, there were gay bars and parties and those who did get stopped by police "could pay a few dinars and it would be all right," said another gay Iraqi interviewed in Baghdad.

Scalia and Ashcroft would have loved to claim the credit for this, but the honors go to Kristol and Cheney.

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