Thursday, August 10, 2006

No goat shall be undiapered...

Putting aside the horror du jour for a moment, I've been meaning to link to Agitprop's post on the current "freedom" the locals in Iraq are enjoying under the thumb of the newly empowered Shia clerics. You should read the whole post, including the links, to get the full impact but here's a choice quote.
Shepherds are being killed when they don't diaper their goats (clerics think people will be turned on otherwise) - apparently this sort of punishment happens regularly in Nazaria, a suburb of western Baghdad. Are you a grocer who arranges your vegetables in a way that some mullah might find suggestive? You get the death penalty too, or at least your store will be firebombed. Shiite clerics wrote up a flyer telling you how to display your food and, if you don't obey, it's two in the hat!
Now I know there are people who find food sexually stimulating, but how different is this sort of theocratic enforcement from the Taliban? For this we spent billions of dollars and ten of thousands of lives?
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2 Comments:

Blogger No Blood for Hubris said...

I keep hoping this story is snark.

Otherwise, I guess once the Talibangelicals take over here, there won't be celery sticks between tomatoes anymore.

3:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

I believe they already have taken over Hubris. It's not officially announced yet. They're still pitching the ain't democracy lovely meme on Pennsylvania Ave.

4:03:00 PM  

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