Friday, July 22, 2005


Human Rights Abuse

Browsing Portland Indymedia, an article caught my eye - IRAN EXECUTES 2 GAY TEENAGERS
Two gay Iranian teenagers -- one 18, the other believed to be 16 or 17, were executed this week for the "crime" of homosexuality.
Consensual gay sex in any form is punishable by death in the Islamic Republic of Iran. According to the website Age of Consent, which monitors such laws around the world, in Iran "Homosexuality is illegal, those charged with love-making are given a choice of four deathstyles: being hanged, stoned, halved by a sword, or dropped from the highest perch.
Nice... Finally, I thought there would be discussions about massive human-rights abuse in the Middle East (that didn't involve Israel).

No such luck.

In the followup comments to the condemnatory post, after some muffled outrage came this:
Now that the neocons have handed the future government of Iraq over to the Shi'ite clerical hierarchy, I predict that we will soon see similar outrages there as well.Thanks to Bush, the theocrats are really feeling their oats now, in Iran, in Iraq, and guess America, too.
And this:
Neo-cons & the ayatollahs have a LOT in common.
Is there an automated script that writes this stuff?

I'm sure the deceased Iranian boys would be thrilled that Indymedia is concentrating it's unlimited activist energy towards fighting human rights abuse... Maybe not.

Such hypocrisy.

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