Caption: Alas, Saddam Hussein did not make the list of gay icons.
Photo Credit: Special To The Washington Post
Article: For One Night, Baghdad Gets a Pink Zone, May 22, 2009
Being so culturally sensitive, are some of those that "they" have liberated inivited to the party?
"Grainy footage taken on a mobile phone and widely distributed around Baghdad shows a terrified young Iraqi boy cowering and whimpering as men with a stick force him to strip, revealing women's underwear beneath his dishdasha (Arab robe).
"Why are you dressed as a girl?" roars one of the men, brandishing his stick as the youth removes his brassiere. The sobbing boy, who appears to be about 12, tries to explain that his family made him do it to earn money, as they have no other source of income."
Iraqi gay men face 'lives of hell', April 18, 2009
"Iraq’s gay population is being targeted by militia groups in a wave of killings that has claimed the lives of up to 25 young men and boys in the past month.
"They know I am gay. I don’t know if I am going to be killed, this is up to God," said Moyad, a 38-year-old Baghdad resident who would not give his last name out of fear for his safety. Visibly frightened, he said that he has many friends who have been sadistically tortured, some even murdered. "They are sticking glue up their anuses; some hospitals refuse to treat them. Is it a war waged against homosexuals?" he asked."
‘They Kill People Like Us,’ Says Gay IRAQI, May 4, 2009
.From a friend's email:"Here's a tiny snippet, emblematic of the larger issue of how pressure from the pro-Israel lobby constantly, and subtly, intimidates the mainstream Western press.
See the description of this recently deceased fanatic May 26, 2009
"Pre-state Jewish activist known for assassination Yehoshua Zettler was one of the founding members of a violent pre-state Jewish movement and mastermind of the assassination of a top United Nations envoy in 1948.
....He was most known for planning the assassination of UN mediator Count Folke Bernadotte in Jerusalem in September 1948, who had angered Jewish radicals by suggesting that the boundaries of a 1947 UN partition plan be revised to put Jerusalem under UN control and hand Israel's Negev desert to Jordan". Note how he is described as an "activist".
Let me ask you -- if for example, as in the tragic case of Mr. Sergio Vieria De Mello, with anyone else deliberately staging the assassination of a U.N. official in the Middle East, because that side in a regional conflict didn't like the position that they thought he had recommended to the United Nations; what, do you suppose, the Western mainstream newspapers would call him?
Let me give you some help : they'd call him a "te_ro_is_". (Fill in the blanks yourself.)
But I guess if he's a member of the Stern Gang and he murders U.N. officials, well, then, he's just an "activist"... right?"
ـ"تحية طيبة... ـ
تعرض موقع " كتابات " العراقي الذي يترأس تحريره أياد الزاملي ويحرره كُتّابه بكامل الحرية وبدون أي تدخل أو شطب أو تكليف أو تفضيل لأحد على أحد من قبل رئيس التحرير إلى هجمة باسم القانون العراقي بحملة شنتها حكومة رئيس الوزراء العراقي نوري المالكي رئيس حزب الدعوة الإسلامي، وقد بدأت الحملة أياها عبر دعوة قضائية قام برفعها السيد رئيس الوزراء مستنداً فيها على القانون 111 الصادر عام 1969."ـ
ـ23 أيار 2009
"Reporters Without Borders condemned Wednesday the Iraqi government's continuing legal offensive against independent news media, which for the first time is also targeting Internet media.
As a result of a lawsuit brought by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Baghdad court ordered the Iraqi news website Kitabat to pay 1 billion dinars (630,000 euros) in damages on 18 May.
Although based in Germany, Kitabat uses reports provided by many correspondents inside Iraq and the ruling threatens its ability to continuing operating."
.This posting is on a new book "The Strategy of the Nuclear Program in Iraq" (in Arabic) by Humam AbdulKhaliq and AbdulHalim Al-Hajjaj. The verb tense is the past tense
ـ" قبل قصف إسرائيل لمفاعل تموز سنة 1981 وبعده، نُشر الكثير عن برنامج العراق النووي، دفاعاً عنه أو هجوماً عليه بالتهم والبهتان. وقد أخذ ذلك النشر شكل موجات تتصاعد تارة وتخفت تارة أخرى. ولم يُجر في كل ما كتب آنذاك التطرق كثيراً إلى الجوانب التكنولوجية والفنية للبرنامج.ـ
يستعرض هذا الكتاب الإطار الاستراتيجي لبرنامج استمر أكثر من خمسين عاماً، وتوالت على رسمه وإدارته نظم سياسية عديدة، حكمت العراق منذ عشرينيات القرن الماضي وإلى حين تدمير القوات الأمريكية البرنامج، ثم إلغاء منظمة الطاقة الذرية بعد احتلال العراق سنة 2003.ـ
وربما تكون هذه أول وثيقة تصدر عن البرنامج النووي ولا تعبّر عن رأي شخصي في البرنامج... وهي ليست مذكرات شخصية، ولا تتناول أو تنتقد أشخاصاً وعناوين أو تتحدث عن خصوصيات معيّنة. ونحن أردنا أن ندوّن ونوثق ما كانت قيادة العراق قد فكرت فيه، وحقيقة تطور الأحداث، وما أدت إليه من جهة وآلت إليه من جهة أخرى، لكي لا يتصور أو يذهب بعيداً من يتراءى له أن الأمر لا يعدو نزوات ورغبات. ولم يتم تناول أسماء أو حيثيات معيّنة محددة، لأن ذلك يذهب بالحقيقة بعيداً كما نرى، وكما رأيناها وعشناها.ـ
إن هدفنا هو عرض الصورة بوصفها وثيقة للتاريخ، كما رُسِمت، لا كما تخيلها البعض، أو كتبَ رواية بشأنها لأغراض التشويق".ـ
.From a friend's email
(May 14, 2009):"President Obama said on Wednesday (May 13, 2009) that he is seeking to block the release of photographs that depict American military personnel abusing captives in Iraq and Afghanistan, worrying that the images could “further inflame anti-American opinion.”See below for proof of how the Average American supports his/her President, in trying to sweep America's dirty laundry under the carpet.
What's funny about all of this is, (as Rick Salutin so aptly put it), is the idiotic American assumption that the rest of the world is as ignorant about America's terrible record of human-rights abuses, as the Average American is.
In fact, the world is already painfully (pun intended) aware of what America's track record of torture and oppression is. So Mr. Obama's trying to clumsily censor the latest set of torture photos is the proverbial "locking the barn door after the horse has left" situation.
None the less, you can see from the above poll, how seriously Americans take their often-proclaimed devotion to "freedom of the press", "transparency", etc. -- they're all in favor of showing the facts; that is, until the facts don't show their actions in a favourable light.
Try to imagine the Premier of China, refusing to release photographs of what's going on in Tibet, on the grounds that showing these to the world would "inflame anti-Chinese sentiment", "putting Chinese forces occupying Tibet, at additional risk".
Then, change "China" to "America" and "Tibet" to "Abu Ghraib". You get it, now, don't you?
The lovely "progressive" Barack Obama, is now trying to (again) brush the truth about Abu Ghraib under the rug, just like George Bush did.
Ask yourself: If Obama really wanted to make a significant change in America's way of doing business -- if he really wanted to 'come clean' on what America has been doing to the world, over (at least) the last 8 years -- then why would he be trying to censor the pictures coming out of Abu Ghraib?"
Update: From the first Comment below
"But what is ultimately even more amazing is the claim that suppressing these photographs is necessary to prevent an inflammation of anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world generally and Afghanistan specifically. That claim is coming from the same people who are doing this: Civilian deaths in US airstrike overshadow Obama's Afghan summit" May 7, 2009
A wounded child in Farah yesterday. Up to 120 people, including civilians, were reported to have been killed in a series of US airstrikes on two villages (Times Online)