Iraqi Militia find way to target innocent gays - the Internet
Torture and killing of innocent Iraqi gays and lesbians has reached a critical state, and Iraqi militia have found an efficient way to target innocent gays - the Internet -, with no intervention from the Iraqi or United States government according to Examiner.com, Gay & Lesbian Issues Examiner, Kelvin Lynch.
In addition, a report by Human Rights Watch, since the first bomb was dropped on Iraq by the US in 2003, 680 gay men have been horrifically tortured and killed, 70 so far this year alone.
This "social cleansing" has gone unchecked, and Iraqi militia have found a most efficient way to locate gay victims - the Internet.
A report by The Observer, How Islamist gangs use internet to track, torture and kill Iraqi gays, shows how Islamic militia are using Internet chat rooms to 'hunt down' their targets - "innocent gay men and women who have committed no legal crime under Iraq law, but are seen as morally unfit by Islamist extremists."
The trend seems to be especially popular among young Islamic men. Twenty-two -year-old Amid Hamzi spends his days trolling Internet gay chat rooms looking for victims. "It is the easiest way to find those people who are destroying Islam and who want to dirty the reputation we took centuries to build up," he said. When he finds them, Hamizi arranges for them to be attacked and sometimes killed. Hamizi's group and others like it are believed to be responsible for the deaths of more than 130 gay Iraqi men since the beginning of the year alone.
The leader of the group told the Observer,
"Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practice such sexual depraved acts. We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God's forgiveness before they are killed."
Really? So that justifies cutting off their genitals, gluing their anuses shut and force-feeding them laxatives until there are dead?
This was not a problem when Saddam Hussein was in power; in fact, homosexuality was legal and extreme Islamic groups of this kind were under control, so gay people did not fear for their lives. The gay scene under Saddam was rather liberated until the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. forces by order of then-President George W. Bush.
The killings are extremely brutal, with victims ritually tortured.
Aha AL-Seed's son was one of the victims. "Three days after his kidnapping," she said, she found a note at her door with blood spread over it and a message saying her son's blood had been "purified", with instruction to where to find his body.
She went with police to find her son's remains. "We found his body with signs of torture, his anus filled with glue and without his genitals," she said. "I will carry this image with me until my dying day."
Hamizi's group boasts that two people a day are chosen to be "investigated" in Baghdad by his Islamic militia. The group claims that local tribes are involved in homophobic attacks, choosing members to hunt down the victims. In some areas, lists of names are posted at restaurants and food shops.
There are reports by the Human Rights watch that men are targeted simply for wearing "western clothing", regardless of whether or not they are actually gay.
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