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Sociocide: Iraq Is No More

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I suppose both God and the March of Freedom work in mysterious ways.  Prior to the past 20 years of U.S. assault on Iraq, there were gay bars and open homosexuality in Baghdad.  Now the shiny new Iraqi Constitution sanctions the murder of unfaithful women and of homosexual men whether faithful or not.  "Abu Qussay, an Iraqi father who killed his son after the son's homosexuality was revealed, is proud of the murder. 'I hanged him in my house in front of his brother to give an example to all of them and prevent them from doing the same.'"  Between 2003 and 2009 at least 455 gay men were brutally murdered , many through a technique that glues the anus shut and then forces the victim to consume a drink that causes diarrhea.  Videos of this have been proudly circulated. 

Your tax dollars at work, my fellow Americans.  You cannot destroy a nation and hire religious fanatics to attack other types of religious fanatics without creating hell on earth.  And that is what we have done in Iraq.  Meanwhile our own gay activist groups take some interest in advancing the rights to marry or work or obtain healthcare without discrimination, but primarily they have been obsessed with the goal of participating openly in the next sociocide.

Iraqi Christians have been slaughtered and driven out.  Mandaeans have been reduced from 40,000 to 5,000.  Yazidis too, and Shabaks, as well as Iraqi-Palestinians, all cleansed.  Our own cultural heritage in the form of Iraq's treasures in museums and libraries, has been destroyed with the support of the U.S. military after having been misidentified as the valueless creations of enemy creatures.  When one civilian "reconstruction" official burst in on a group of U.S. and British military commanders to beg them urgently to protect the Iraqi Museum in 2003, "the British generals by and large understood the importance of protecting the museum, and started to respond almost immediately.  And the American generals, by and large, just looked at us with, 'What do you expect us to do about that?'"  Next time try telling them the museum is sort of like a Wal-Mart, only with even bigger and cheaper crap.  They'll hop to it.  Maybe.

As we busy ourselves denouncing the Republican budget for all of the traits it shares with Obama's proposal, and as Obama fights off the teeny cuts to the Pentagon that the Republicans are seeking, bear in mind what that money is used for.  If we really bear it in mind, if we really consider what the majority of every US tax dollar goes to fund, the day will come when Freedom Plaza in Washington DC resembles Tahrir Square in Cairo.  May that day come before it is too late. 

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David Swanson is the author of "When the World Outlawed War," "War Is A Lie" and "Daybreak: Undoing the Imperial Presidency and Forming a More Perfect Union." He blogs at http://davidswanson.org and http://warisacrime.org and works for the online (more...)
 

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