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Postby RugbyD » Fri May 04, 2007 1:06 pm

On the plus side, most of the world has in fact evolved in the last 2000 years.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/a ... ge_id=1811

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.

The teenager was dragged outside by 8 or 9 men and stoned for half an hour until she died. Her boyfriend is now in hiding in fear for his life

They said she had shamed herself and her family when she failed to return home one night. Some reports suggested she had converted to Islam to be closer to her boyfriend.

Miss Aswad had taken shelter in the house of a Yezidi tribal leader in Bashika, a predominantly Kurdish town near the northern capital, Mosul.

A large crowd watched as eight or nine men stormed the house and dragged Miss Aswad into the street. There they hurled stones at her for half an hour until she was dead.

The stoning happened last month, but only came to light yesterday with the release of the Internet video.

It is feared her death has already triggered a retaliatory attack. Last week 23 Yezidi workmen were forced off a bus travelling from Mosulto Bashika by a group of Sunni gunmen and summarily shot dead.

An Amnesty International spokesman in London said they receive frequent reports of honour crimes from Iraq – particularly in the predominantly Kurdish north.

Most victims are women and girls who are considered by male relatives to have shamed their families by immoral behaviour.

Kurdish authorities have introduced reforms outlawing honour killings, but have failed to investigate them or prosecute suspects, added the Amnesty spokesman.

Kate Allen, the organisation’s UK director, said: "This young girl’s murder is truly abhorrent and her killers must be brought to justice.

"Unless the authorities respond vigorously to this and any other reports of crimes in the name of 'honour', we must fear for the future of women in Iraq."


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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Fri May 04, 2007 1:16 pm

That's terrible. Not only a ridiculous thing to be killed for, but what a horrible way to go. And by your own family. :-t
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Postby Pablo975 » Fri May 04, 2007 1:29 pm

Ugh. I've tried to type a response to this a couple times and keep starting over....

I will say: This type of madness makes me so glad I live in America. It also makes me so sad for the good people in places like Iraq that have to deal with that insanity.
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Postby StlSluggers » Fri May 04, 2007 1:55 pm

How do you possibly counter such rampant wickedness?

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Postby AcidRock23 » Fri May 04, 2007 2:08 pm

StlSluggers wrote:How do you possibly counter such rampant wickedness? :-/


that IS the $64 question. W/ school shootings and stuff, I'm inclined to think 'what could be worse than that?' and these douchebags make videos of it.
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Postby Dan Lambskin » Fri May 04, 2007 2:34 pm

it's like that short story "the lottery" but real and for a much stupider reason
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Postby Coppermine » Fri May 04, 2007 3:43 pm

Just another reason why democracy in this country is impossible. These are the Kurds... the "good" Muslims in Iraq. The ones that aren't shooting at our droops and leaving IED's in the road. The one's we supposedly like because they're not trying to kill us.

Instead, they're killing their own women and children. This part of the world is despicable.
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Postby Tavish » Fri May 04, 2007 3:52 pm

Coppermine wrote:Just another reason why democracy in this country is impossible. These are the Kurds... the "good" Muslims in Iraq. The ones that aren't shooting at our droops and leaving IED's in the road. The one's we supposedly like because they're not trying to kill us.

Instead, they're killing their own women and children. This part of the world is despicable.


Its called civil war (what's so civil). We had one in this country as well, pretty much every nation has had one. The only difference is that their civil war has lasted for a much longer time and their civil war is in the middle of 10 other nations in the midst of a civil war. Democracy is possible anywhere, it just can't be simply forced upon a culture. They have to fight for it themselves.
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Postby Coppermine » Fri May 04, 2007 4:11 pm

Tavish wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Just another reason why democracy in this country is impossible. These are the Kurds... the "good" Muslims in Iraq. The ones that aren't shooting at our droops and leaving IED's in the road. The one's we supposedly like because they're not trying to kill us.

Instead, they're killing their own women and children. This part of the world is despicable.


Its called civil war (what's so civil). We had one in this country as well, pretty much every nation has had one. The only difference is that their civil war has lasted for a much longer time and their civil war is in the middle of 10 other nations in the midst of a civil war. Democracy is possible anywhere, it just can't be simply forced upon a culture. They have to fight for it themselves.


Other than this being people fighting each other in the borders of one country, Iraq is nothing like the American Civil War.
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Postby Tavish » Fri May 04, 2007 4:19 pm

Coppermine wrote:
Tavish wrote:
Coppermine wrote:Just another reason why democracy in this country is impossible. These are the Kurds... the "good" Muslims in Iraq. The ones that aren't shooting at our droops and leaving IED's in the road. The one's we supposedly like because they're not trying to kill us.

Instead, they're killing their own women and children. This part of the world is despicable.


Its called civil war (what's so civil). We had one in this country as well, pretty much every nation has had one. The only difference is that their civil war has lasted for a much longer time and their civil war is in the middle of 10 other nations in the midst of a civil war. Democracy is possible anywhere, it just can't be simply forced upon a culture. They have to fight for it themselves.


Other than this being people fighting each other in the borders of one country, Iraq is nothing like the American Civil War.


What's so different? You don't think there an incredible number of atrocities committed by the North and South against one another that weren't on the battlefield?
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