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This is Bush's New Iraq

Daily Mail story:

A 17-year-old girl has been stoned to death in Iraq because she loved a teenage boy of the wrong religion.

As a horrifying video of the stoning went out on the Internet, the British arm of Amnesty International condemned the death of Du'a Khalil Aswad as "an abhorrent murder" and demanded that her killers be brought to justice.

Reports from Iraq said a local security force witnessed the incident, but did nothing to try to stop it. Now her boyfriend is in hiding in fear for his life.

Miss Aswad, a member of a minority Kurdish religious group called Yezidi, was condemned to death as an "honour killing" by other men in her family and hardline religious leaders because of her relationship with the Sunni Muslim boy.

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Comments (5)


Yes, this is truly horrifying.

Before 2003, you had to be one of Saddam's sons, or a high-ranking member of the Baathists, or just rich and influential, to get away with this sort of thing without having to pay a fine or something.

(Except, of course, there were honor killings in Iraq all during the time of Saddam's reign, it's just that organizations like Amnesty International were too busy worrying about, well, pretty much anything else).

Paul Hamilton:

Iraq was probably the most secular state in the mideast prior to our invasion, so your talk of honor killings is just speculation. It took our creation of a a power vacuum to allow the religious kooks to run rampant and pull this kind of stuff.


You know, a lot of folks decided (without proof) that Iraq SUDDENLY rediscovered honor killings after the fall of Saddam.

The big problem with that is that in Iraq, honor killings had been a defense in sentencing since 1969, and that as recently as 2001 had been mentioned as an excuse under Iraqis law for killing a female relative - and a wasn't considered to be a crime at all when "honor killing" a rape victim.

The penalty for killing a woman in an honor killing was as little as six months (with a maximum of one year), and the crime was often not prosecuted at all.

This myth of "honor killings started after the invasion" is just another one of thse stories that sound too good to be true - and isn't.

Paul Hamilton:

That may be true. I'm really not an expert on Iraqi law. However, would you agree that, in general, Iraq was a secular state under Saddam, and that the most likely outcome of the mess over there right now will be states which are much more theologically radical and more tolerant of this sort of behavior?

It just amazes me that our enemy is supposed to be extremist Islam and yet the target of our first major attack was the least extremist state in the region.


Honor killings are not a new thing. they exist in many islamic communities including some in "Secular" countries. The whole point is that they are a tradition. this tradition did not start with "Bush's new Iraq".

Surely there is some good material out there that can criticize Bush.

The Daily Mail ariticle is mildly interesting (that these things happen in Iraq).

The title is juvenile.


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