The disaster that was and is the war in Iraq has had a horrible impact on the country’s LGBT community. The brutal violence against gays in Iraq is getting coverage in the traditional media. USAToday shines a light on this deplorable situation:
At least 82 gay men have been killed in Iraq since December, according to Iraqi LGBT. The violence has raised questions about the Iraqi government’s ability to protect a diverse range of vulnerable minority groups that also includes Christians and Kurds, especially following the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraqi cities last month.
Mithal al-Alusi, a secular, liberal Sunni legislator, is among those who blame the killings on armed militant groups such as al-Qaeda and the Mahdi Army militia.
By targeting one of the most vulnerable groups in a conservative Muslim society — people whose sexual orientation is banned by Iraqi law — the militias essentially are serving notice that they remain powerful despite the U.S. and Iraqi militaries’ efforts to curtail them, al-Alusi says.
The militants “want to educate the society to accept killers on the street,” al-Alusi says in an interview. “Why did Hitler start with gays? They are weak. They have no political cover. They have no legal cover.”
The attacks have terrified a gay community that, for a brief time after the U.S. troop surge in 2007-08, tentatively enjoyed greater freedom and security.
The attacks may have the tacit or even direct approval of the Iraqi Security Forces, according to Ali Hill who runs a London-based, Iraqi LGBT. Didn’t our tax dollars finance those Iraqi Security forces?