Iraq is a country with a tragic history of occupation, neocolonial aggression, fascist dictatorship and mass murder. Thanks to the U.S. occupation of Iraq that began in 2003 and “ended” last year, the next phase of Iraq’s history is fundamentalist dictatorship, as the murders of 100 Iraqi “emo” youths demonstrate:
“A group of armed men dressed in civilian clothing led dozens of teenagers to secluded areas a few days ago, stoned them to death, and then disposed their bodies in garbage dumpsters across the capital, according to activists, activists told the Cairo-based al-Akhbar website.
The armed men are said to belong to ‘one of the most extremist religious groups’ in Iraq.
Iraq’s moral police was granted approval by the Ministry of Education to enter Baghdad schools and pinpoint students with such appearances, according to the interior ministry’s statement.
The exact death toll remains unclear, but Hana al-Bayaty of Brussels Tribunal, an NGO dealing with Iraqi issues, said the current figure ranges ‘between 90 and 100.'”
The group responsible for the killings is called the “Brigades of Anger” and their stomping ground is the poor, Shi’ite enclave of Baghdad called Sadr City – named after the Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, a prominent Shia cleric assassinated by Saddam Hussein’s regime and the father of Muqtada al-Sadr, the founder of the Mahdi Army, a militia that rose up against the U.S. occupation and was responsible for mass sectarian murders.
Al-Sadr’s party, called the Al-Sadr Movement (good name choice) advocates an extreme Shi’ite fundamentalism reminiscent of Iran in the 1980s when Khomeini was utilizing terror to cement theocratic rule, culminating in the Evin prison massacre; however, there appears to be no evidence at this time that the Sadrist movement is involved in these murders.
Whether it’s them or another militia is less important than the fact that these emo killings are sanctioned by the Interior Ministry – which overseas “security,” or state terror – an institution that was a carry over from the Saddam-era, but was effectively reorganized and restructured by the U.S. occupation. The U.S. first handed over control in 2004 to the interim government of Ayad Allawi, who was known as “Saddam Lite,” continued the same tradition of state terror, this time at the behest of Washington:
“The Iraqi Interim Government led by Prime Minister Ayad ‘Allawi and presented to the international community as a sign that the violence and abuses of the Saddam Hussein government was a thing of the past, appeared to be actively taking part, or was at least complicit, in these grave violations of fundamental human rights. “
From the election of the United Iraqi Alliance – which included the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq – in January 2005, the MOI became an instrument of terror in the hands of sectarian fundamentalists; “The victors, particularly SCIRI, saw MOI as a prize,” according to the U.S. Institute of Peace. It became an instrument of Shi’a fundamentalist power, populated with Badr Brigade soldiers under the command of SCIRI and commanded by interior ministers beholden to Shi’ite sectarian groups, first by Bayan Jabr, then by Jawad Al-Bulani and then by prime minister Nouri Al-Maliki himself. It was under the SCIRI’s control that death squads from the ministry were torturing and killing thousands of Sunnis in 2006-07, a fact known then and proven again recently by Wikileaks.
It’s also a mismanaged organization, as attested by clinching the 2009 Pigasus Award for “the funding organization that wasted the most money on pseudo-science.” This would partly explain why it’s been going to such great lengths to eradicate homosexuality – which apparently includes emo kids – in poor neighborhoods like Sadr city as a measure designed to distract from the corruption and massive inequality the U.S.-installed capitalist regime has perpetuated with devastating effect, further exacerbated by years of Ba’athist corruption and the effects of U.S. sanctions and war.
In other words, it’s your tax-dollars at work.
It’s the same process being implemented in Afghanistan and Libya, where theocrats under Washington’s control are implementing a dismal future of social control and death. It’s Islamo-fascism in action and we put them their in the name of freedom. It’s enough to make someone become emo.