Hat tip: GP reader Tom who spotted this item at The Corner at NRO.
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.
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…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.
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.
GP Reader Tom says:
Our liberal friends, who seem to think the US is intolerant of gay people could use the reminder of what much of the rest of the world is like, and is just one more reason why we need to fight the war against Islamic fascism to win.
Agreed. The boogeyman is not in the USA, it is a movement of Islamic fascists that want to conquer freedom and KILL YOU for being you.
Of course it is quite disturbing that these death squads are using Iraqi law to escape their systematic murders. But as Tom suggests, this is a good, if disturbing, look into the enemy we are fighting in World War III. No different than the treatment of gays in Iran and Taliban-run Afghanistan.