Friday, March 24, 2006

Gays in Iraq

Rob Anderson writes in the New Republic blog that gay Iraqis are being persecuted, beaten and murdered by Islamic militias.
Hili provided details on several of those killed in Iraq. Ammar, a young gay man of 27, was abducted and shot in back of the head in Baghdad by suspected Badr militias in January 2006. Haydar Faiek, aged 40, a transsexual Iraqi, was beaten and burned to death by Badr militias in the main street in the Al-Karada district of Baghdad in September 2005. Naffeh, aged 45, disappeared in August 2005. His family was informed that he was kidnapped by the Badr organization. His body was found in January 2006. He, too, had been subjected to an execution-style killing.
The recent flare up over the Christian convert in Afghanistan being possibly executed shows how reconciling democracy with Islamic fundamentalism in the middle east is no easy matter, but somehow I suspect that the plight of gays in the middle east will receive nothing near the attention of the singled-out Christian in Afghanistan.

Of course, executions of Christians is no less disturbing than execution of gays, but I fear that the persecution of some of the less sympathetic minorities (i.e. gays) will continue to be an unaddressed problem in the middle east and one that this administration will be unlikely to put any effort into remedying.

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