In a terrifying and disturbing report, the highly respected Human Rights Watch has revealed that hundreds of members of the Iraqi LGBT community have been killed and many more tortured since 2004. Adding to the horror has been the fact that many of the abductions, tortures and killings are being aided by government forces. Without a doubt, the mass round up of members of the LGBT community in Iraq is one of the worst in any country.
Almost as disturbing has been the near total silence of the United States government on this issue. Despite some mild inquiries, the Obama administration has not put its full force behind the efforts to condemn and stop the wholesale killings and torture. The situation could not be more appalling and it appears to be getting worse.