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Iraq, students beaten to death for playing music

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posted on May, 4 2005 @ 10:31 PM

Originally posted by dev_add

Women had long as they kept that vail over thier heads.

Women didn't have to cover their heads by force during Saddam Hussein's reign. There are a lot of bad things we can attribute to Hussein, but he didn't specifically target women for oppression. Before sanctions, Iraq had the highest number of women in university and the work place per capita out of any middle eastern country besides Israel.

Ironically, Saddam Hussein also supported universal suffrage for women but gave it up because close political allies of his did not like the idea. He also passed laws making women and men equal under the law.

Hussein even established universal suffrage in Kuwait for the short time it was occupied, not that anyone would dare vote against him of course... but it is still more than most middle eastern countries the U.S. seems to like.

Don't get me wrong, I know Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, but most people don't seem to know a lot about Iraq and Hussein except for what selective media sources tell them.

posted on May, 5 2005 @ 12:45 AM

Originally posted by CTID56092
Religious intolerance wasn't a problem under Saddam. Christians practised freely, the chador wasn't enforced on women, rape was relatively uncommon, music was allowd, alcohol was available etc.

Now every fanatic is free to peddle fundamentalist hatred as Iraq is a 'free' country.

Good work George

Wasn't a problem huh?
As a Muslim, I think Saddam was very intolerant to religions, namely the Jews.

Their is alot of violence and rape going on in Iraq today, but Saddam was no freedom fighter for women's rights.
Regarding rape:

Universal sufferage in a totalitarian government, YAY!
Alcohol and music allowed, a win for human rights around the globe!

posted on May, 5 2005 @ 02:10 AM

Originally posted by Souljah
Anyway, great answer by this sheik guy:

“We beat them because we are authorised by Allah to do so and that is our duty,” Sheik Ahmed al-Basri said after the attack. “It is we who should deal with such disobedience and not the police.”

From the article:

Students say that there was nothing spontaneous about the attack. Police were guarding the picnic in the park, as is customary at any large public gathering, but allowed the armed men in without any resistance.

One brought a video camera to record the sinful spectacle of the picnic, footage of which was later released to the public as a warning to others.

It showed images of one girl struggling as a gunman ripped her blouse off, leaving her half-naked. “We will send these pictures to your parents so they can see how you were dancing naked with men,” a gunman told her. Two students who went to her aid were shot — one in the leg, the other twice in the stomach. The latter was said to have died of his injuries. Fellow students say that the girl later committed suicide. Another girl who was severely beaten around the head lost her sight.

Yeah, great answer. :shk:

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