"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 14 September 2009

The Religion Of Peace

One of the side-effects of ousting Saddam Hussein from Iraq is that elements of Islamic extremism are  taking hold.  The people don't want a western-style democracy; they wouldn't know what to do with it after years of oppression and subjugation.   Fhs, some of them don't even want it in Britain!

In Afghanistan, McChrystal is talking of decentralising power away from central government to tribal warlords and, in his own words, "large parts of which will be run by people we may not like but who will not allow al-Qaida to train and to plot to kill Americans or Germans or Brits".  So there'll be more head-lopping and hand-chopping there too.  Politics - always doing deals with the devil.

Ritual torture and murder of gays
Violence against gays started in the aftermath of the invasion in 2003. Since 2004, according to Ali Hali, chairman of the Iraqi LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) group, a London-based human-rights group, a total of 680 have died in Iraq, with at least 70 of those in the past five months. The group believes the figures may be higher, as most cases involving married men are not reported. Seven victims were women. According to Hali, Iraq has become "the worst place for homosexuals on Earth".

2 comments:

  1. Iraq is "the worst place for homosexuals on Earth"? I'm just wondering if the words 'for homosexuals' are strictly needed in that sentence.

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