xrichx saidWell, if you keep repeating something on the internet, it eventually becomes "the truth".
So far, this story has only been re-posted on various GLBT websites.
Food for thought.
You really think we'd hear much about it from the mainstream news media
if it is
true? The corporate media is owned by moneyed parties
who almost invariably skew conservative-- at least once they get rich--
because it's in the interest of their continued prosperity to maintain
the status quo of the system they got rich in. And those owners are
unprincipled in the operation of their media outlets-- they don't stay
in that business out of concern for the truth, they do it for the money.
It's all about the ratings, and ratings means they need a scoop. Scoops
require access to privileged sources like government and military
So as far as the reporting angle goes, you're trusting media agencies
who are beholden to their investors and owners, and who remain in the
good graces of their profit-crucial sources by not alienating them with
unfavourable reporting. You've got reporters censoring what they pass
along from government and industry insiders who are already censoring
what they share. Frankly, I'm more inclined to trust minor GLBT outlets on 'our issues' over CNN or network news.
As for whether it's possible that the story is true and that U.S.
military personnel are abusing (and even murdering) gay Iraqis... the
U.S. military systematically dehumanizes *American* homos by not
allowing them to serve openly. It's institutionalized. Military doctrine is that we're "less;" less worthy to be soldiers, less worthy citizens, less worthy human beings. Throw on top of that that we're talking about gay *Iraqis,* who are seen as people who need to be policed and controlled if not fought
and killed. And that we know that the U.S. military forces there have engaged in abuse of prisoners (see Abu Ghraib, for one), not because of "a couple bad apples" but because the higher ups placed soldiers in the role of prison guards and were permissive rather than providing appropriate oversight. And we know that because the military has been stretched thin they've been lowering recruitment standards, letting in racists and criminals who are signing up giddy at the opportunity to "shoot rag-heads." And you think that it's far out there that gay Iraqis could be turning up dead on their watch?
I wouldn't be surprised if it was happening-- if some troops were killing "hajii faggots" for kicks-- and I'd be even less surprised if the corporate-owned, government-ass-kissing mainstream media didn't care enough about us to cover it if they did know about it.
Which is not to say, however, that it is necessarily true. We don't know for certain. But I do think it would be naive to write it off out of hand.