Monday, August 07, 2006

In Iraq

Yes, we've done such a great job of bringing a Human Rights-respecting Democracy to Iraq that the traditional Sharia punishment of death is being levied on homosexuals:

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. ...

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.

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.

We have failed in Iraq. We failed because we did not believe in our own principles enough to insist that they be enforced. We allowed Sharia to be enshrined in the Iraqi constitution as a source of law. We are beginning to reap what we have allowed to be sown.

Here's a question for us to ponder. We would never have allowed such a situation to have developed in a Western country, so why did we allow this to have in a Middle Eastern country?

I have my own answers, but I'd love to hear yours.