Iraq Militias Kill Gays With Impunity
Government's unwillingness to protect gays points to a bleak future for all Iraqis
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2009 7:12 AM CDT
Supporters of anti-US cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rally against a US-Iraqi security pact in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in Baghdad, Iraq.   (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

(Newser) – Iraq's militias have switched from slaughtering rivals to killing men they suspect of being homosexuals, and the Iraqi government is turning a blind eye, Rasha Moumneh writes in Foreign Policy. Gay men have been kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in rising numbers since the start of this year, but not a single arrest has been made. One UN worker estimates that the body count is well into the hundreds.

Survivors say the Mahdi Army militia is behind most of the attacks, as it tries to reinvent itself as a guardian of morality instead of a foe of the US. The government's indifference to the murders has ominous echoes of the attacks on gays that preceded a wider campaign of violence in Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe, Moumneh writes. If Iraq can't do more to protect all of its citizens, the militias will continue seeking out new victims and a wider surge of killings will follow.

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Sep 11, 2009 1:08 AM CDT
this is one thing that almost anybody with half a brain can agree on. we dragged ourselves into another war we cannot win, and cost millions of tax dollars for what? to get americans killed in an infinite war against terrorists who will not stop until we are out of the middle east? It seems like our intervention actually made the situation worse
Sep 10, 2009 12:18 PM CDT
If anything proves that homosexuality is not a choice than this does. Why would you chose to be something that was so reviled in a culture like that.
Sep 10, 2009 7:50 AM CDT
Oh no. I agree with Jayster? How did this happen. But you know Jay, it is because of religion. So please try to keep it out of our government.