Monday, September 14, 2009

The Fred Phelps of Iraq

A disturbing story from Iraq [via Sullivan]:

...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 deputy leader of the group, which is based in Baghdad, explained its campaign using a stream of homophobic invective. "Animals deserve more pity than the dirty people who practise such sexual depraved acts," he told the Observer. "We make sure they know why they are being held and give them the chance to ask God's forgiveness before they are killed."

And why, exactly, is this not enough of a confession to put this asshole under arrest? If the Iraqis won't do it, I seem to remember U.S. forces detaining, torturing, and even killing plenty of Iraqis for far less.

(Photo: The bodies of gays on the streets of Iraq. By Bilal Hussein/AP.)


steves said...

I think we have turned over detaining and torturing to the Iraqis. I wonder if they are just overwhelmed or is this just another atrocity that goes ignored in that part of the world?

steves said...

Phelps is scum, but at least he doesn't kill anybody.

Mr Furious said...

I'm guessing Iraqi authorities don't give a shit about gays on a good day—never mind when their plates are otherwise overflowing.

As for Phelps, I have little doubt that if he could get away with it like they are in Iraq he (or his acolytes) would do it here.

Mike said...

Who is this Hamazi guy?