Is this the Free Iraq the U.S. Bush War Anticipated, noting his Administration’s participation in Sharia law included in IRAQI Constitution. See Petition –
By Melanie Nathan, 03/10/2012,
I never understood the Bush Iraq war. It never made sense to me. I always knew we were there under false pretenses, that George W. Bush had started a war for whatever reasons, but not those he and his administration fed to the American public. There were no weapons of mass destruction! But the hallelujah came when the US assured the Iraqi people that the evildoer Saddam Hussein would no longer rule with the genocidal iron rod he had wielded for so long.
Now the world could breathe a sigh of relief, especially when they dragged the scraggly leader out of a bunny hole and then hung him by the neck.
Gay rights activists in the region have warned for a long time that if anything, the demise of Hussein had done nothing but to heighten the risks for Gay people, especially given the rampant behavior of militia and now it may even be worse than anyone could have imagined.
Now the US pulled out of Iraq, after Bush had overseen a Constitution that included Sharia Law, and it seems that when it comes to youth sporting modern looks or who are gay or lesbian, all hell has broken loose in the name of Sharia or whatever law or lawlessness – I do not know! What does the USA have to say about this?
We first reported these murders on March 05,2012, however the news has been defined to include modern dressed youth and a targeted attack by Government officials as follows:-
Dan Littauer of Gay Middle East is reporting that “Up to a 100 gay and ‘Emo’ youth massacred in Iraq, some reports indicate it supported by police and state officials.” The Government itself seems complicit and that has added to the great shock of the reports, which seem to have been verified by pictures now circulating of the events. Please note that we have not been able to verify these reports ourselves and are relying on what we have heard via third parties.
The article goes on to state:
Since 6 February there have been continuous reports of militia targeting youths which focus on attacks, kidnapping, torture and murder of ‘emo’ youth and individuals perceived as gay, lesbian or trans.
It appears that attacks have been taking place in Baghdad as well as in several in southern provinces.
Emo, short for emotional or emocore is a US originated hardcore punk-rock music that appeared in the 80s attracting mostly teenagers. According to a report by a local LGBTQ activist the first murder occurred on 6 February in Sadr City district in Baghdad, the last was reported on 7 March of two female victims in their 20s from Shaab district of Baghdad.
Moral panic has been stirred up by militias about emo youth for the last year, alleging they are adulterers, Satanists, vampires and sexually depraved.
An Iraqi source has testified to Gay Middle East (GME) that militias had warned Emo youth and LGBT people that they would kill them a month ago. Posters containing the threats were put in cafés and on street corners in Baghdad.
In Baghdad local media reported massacres of Emo youth and LGBT people occurring in the districts of Sadr, Chaala, Albaladiat, Baghdad Al-Jadedah, Karadah and Kadhymia. The number of victims claimed ranges from 56 to 100.
An Iraqi LGBTQ activist reported to GME an eyewitness account about a method used to murder victims by hitting their heads and body parts with concrete blocks repeatedly until death.
Another method, reported by Iraqi media, involves pushing off the tops of high buildings.
In addition five survivors were murdered inside hospitals according to a confidential witness, cited in the activist’s report
According to the same LGBTQ activist, at least 45 victims had been killed (mostly gay men in Baghdad only) according to family members and medical staff in some hospitals.
Local Iraqi media announced the total number of victims who were killed until the 7 March reached around 90 people.
he report from the local LGBTQ activist indicates that Jaish Al-Mahdi (Mahdi Army) and Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous) are at least partially responsible for the murders.
An anonymous official in Sadr city’s municipal council affirmed that some people are recruited by extremist armed militias who carry lists stored in their phones with the names of emo youths and LGBTQ people to be murdered.
It has also emerged that some officials are actually behind the killings.
DID THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION Help provide license for these deaths?
During the Administration of Bush in the U.S.A. SEE entire discussion – http://www.cfr.org/human-rights/sharia-womens-rights-iraqi-constitution-rush-transcript-federal-news-service-inc/p9010
Excerpt – COLEMAN: Bringing up Shari’a and Islam, the constitution does enshrine Shari’a and Islam. And some have said that the Kurds, who were the most adamantly secular group during the constitutional process, punted, in effect, on this issue of Islam in the constitution, because they were so close to getting so many other things they valued—in particular, their independence in the North.
The constitution of Iraq, adopted in 2005 under the rule of George W. Bush over Iraq, says:
First: Islam is the official religion of the State and is the primary basis for legislation:
A. No legislation may be enacted that contradicts the established laws of Islam
Article 2, paragraph 1: “Islam is the official religion of state and is a basic source of legislation.”
(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed laws of Islam.
(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy.
(c) No law can be passed that contradicts the basic rights and freedoms outlined in this constitution.”
It is not clear exactly how “a basic source of legislation” will be interpreted. Note that the article does not say “the basic source of legislation.” Does this mean other sources of legislation will be legitimate? This is unlikely because Shiite religious parties that support making Islam the basic source of legislation (such as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq and Dawa) will probably continue to have a majority of representatives in any Iraqi government.
The “undisputed laws of Islam” is known as “Sharia” in Arabic. Sharia would allow religious authorities on the Supreme Court to question secular legislation. But Sharia is not interpreted in the same ways by all Muslim clerics.
Critics argue that under the constitution, Sharia law could be interpreted in ways that would severely restrict women’s rights. For instance, they say Sharia could be interpreted to mean that women would be executed for adultery; be forced to get permission from a male family member to work or to travel; inherit half as much as their brothers; have their testimony in court counts as half that of men. Sharia could be interpreted to require that women should be completely covered in public.
Iraqi women are worried. Safia Taleb al-Souhail, who was invited to sit next to Laura Bush at the president’s State of the Union address, said of the constitution, “It’s a big disappointment.”
Given the nature of the Constitution Bush caused, fostered and approved, as far as I am concerned he and his administration are liable for the outcome!
Thanks to friend, supporter and reader Scott Rose, for helping with research.
Note: The Video which was uploaded to You Tube in 2007, during the time BUSH should have been aware of his operational framework , methods to torture and kill gays are described here, which seem to mirror that which has occurred these past months.
The rest of the report a VIDEO and the disturbing pictures can be seen on GME website at http://gaymiddleeast.com/news/news%20367.htm