Iraq Still Screwed

Remember Iraq? The Dear Leader’s little war?

Activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.”

“The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,” according to a statement by the interior ministry.

It’s sad that dictators are generally replaced by religious zealots in the Middle East. Works out so well for ordinary people.

Dozens of Iraqi Teenagers Stoned to Death for ‘Emo’ Haircuts [Al Arabiya]

This is horrible: “A witness said of one Baghdad killing: ‘They throw concrete blocks at his arms, legs, then head. If he’s not dead, they start again.'”

Oh, and it’s clothing too.

@blogenfreude: That’s a classic over in that part of the world. If you’re a ghey they drop a wall on you. For realz.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: That’s a biblically prescribed method known as toppling when it was used in the Olde Country. One dies of suffocation. And the pressure breaking ribs. It was also used in puritan New England. Weren’t some of the Salem ‘witches’ executed in that manner. (That’s a rhetorical question, darling. Don’t you trouble your pretty little head.)

Back before the surge, not the recent one the earlier one, they were pulling gay men off the streets and out of their houses, supergluing their ass closed and then pumping them full of laxatives. It was reported at the time that the troops did nothing to stop them. I wasn’t there so I don’t know.

PS. I never know what ’emo’ means.

@Benedick: Much like the modern GOP – radical Islam punishes women, gays, and eventually children (when they bankrupt the country).

@Benedick: Yes, one of the accused, Giles Corey, was pressed to death. (As it happens, I recently watched The Crucible, which, excepting the Abigail Williams/John Proctor affair, is a largely accurate account.)

@Benedick: It’s a young people thing. Apparently they are sad and it make them wear eyeliner.

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