“A glimpse of democracy’s vigour”

Day before yesterday, after the Republicans blocked the non-binding resolution against the US ‘surge’ in Iraq:

Kay Bailey Hutchison, a Texas Republican, argued the resolution would only undercut the authority of Bush, the U.S. commander-in-chief, in the eyes of the world but do nothing to bring troops home.”There is no substitute for victory if our children are going to live in freedom.”

The White House in a written statement touched lightly on the House and Senate votes, noting debate is expected on Bush’s request for an additional $93 billion (U.S.) for the military.

“This week’s voting gave the world a glimpse of democracy’s vigour. The next votes should provide unmistakable assurance of this nation’s resolve in achieving success, supporting the cause of democracy and stopping terrorist forces in their ultimate aim of bringing their violence to our shores,” said the statement from press secretary Tony Snow.

Meanwhile, we finally hear from Riverbend again. It is good to see her post, but there is no good news from Riverbend’s Iraq:

Sabrine Al-Janabi, a young Iraqi woman, is on Al Jazeera telling how Iraqi security forces abducted her from her home and raped her. You can only see her eyes, her voice is hoarse and it keeps breaking as she speaks. In the end she tells the reporter that she can’t talk about it anymore and she covers her eyes with shame.

And yet, as the situation continues to deteriorate both for Iraqis inside and outside of Iraq, and for Americans inside Iraq, Americans in America are still debating on the state of the war and occupation- are they winning or losing? Is it better or worse.

Let me clear it up for any moron with lingering doubts: It’s worse. It’s over. You lost. You lost the day your tanks rolled into Baghdad to the cheers of your imported, American-trained monkeys. You lost every single family whose home your soldiers violated. You lost every sane, red-blooded Iraqi when the Abu Ghraib pictures came out and verified your atrocities behind prison walls as well as the ones we see in our streets. You lost when you brought murderers, looters, gangsters and militia heads to power and hailed them as Iraq’s first democratic government. You lost when a gruesome execution was dubbed your biggest accomplishment. You lost the respect and reputation you once had. You lost more than 3000 troops. That is what you lost America. I hope the oil, at least, made it worthwhile.

And finally, from a London conference on homophobia this week, the leader of an exiled Iraqi LGBT group reports that hundreds of gay men and women are being rounded up by militias and murdered.

Ali Hili said that the Badr and Sadr militias – the armed wings of the two main Shia parties that control the government of Iraq – are routinely rounding up men and women, primarily in Baghdad, suspected of being gay. The men and women are never heard from again.

Ali Hili said that the Badr and Sadr militias – the armed wings of the two main Shia parties that control the government of Iraq – are routinely rounding up men and women, primarily in Baghdad, suspected of being gay. The men and women are never heard from again.

“Iraqi LGBTs are at daily risk of execution by the Shia death squads of the Badr and Sadr militias,” he said.

“Members of these militias have infiltrated the Iraqi police and are abusing their police authority to pursue a plan to eliminate all homosexuals in Iraq. This is happening with the collusion of key ministers in the Iraqi government.”

What is happening today in Iraq, Hili said, is one of the most organized and systematic sexual cleansings in the history of the world.

The total number of people suspected of being gay who have been murdered will likely never be known but Hili believes it to be in the hundreds.

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