LONDON — It often shocks people to hear this but talk to Iraqi gays who’ve made it out and they’ll tell you – Life was better under Saddam.
Baghdad played the role that Beirut does now as a sanctuary for Middle Eastern gay life with clubs which men from the Gulf and Saudi Arabia flocked to.
In sharp contrast, for the past six years Iraq has been the worst place in the entire world to be gay. Far, far worse than Uganda or even Iran. Hundreds of gays, lesbians and transgender people have been hunted down and killed in the most vile ways imaginable – and imagination is the right word. Doctors have confirmed reports of men have had their anuses glued shut by militia forces and others have accused the government of being involved.
No one has been prosecuted and the Iraqi government has failed to do anything to stop it. So Iraqi gays have helped themselves. They have created safe houses, although many have been discovered and become a new killing field.
Many have fled but they have faced a cold wall of indifference and they have needed friends and luck to actually make it to sanctuary.
Did you hear that? Coalition militias have glued anuses shut and blamed it on the Iraqi goverment. Just terrifying.
I hope Bush and B Lair is proud of themselves.