Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Is this the beginning of fissures on the Left?

One of the things that's always baffled me is how feminists and gays/lesbians, no doubt driven by their hatred of President Bush, have been so silent about atrocities against women and gays in Islamic controlled countries. I mean, the radical feminists scream about Israeli oppression of Palestianians, but fall startlingly silent when the issue of Palestinian oppression of its own women comes up. Likewise, gays who demand that Israel leave the occupied territories say nothing about the fact that Palestinian gays are desperate to get into Israel, which is the only Middle Eastern country that doesn't beat or kill them. This may slowly be changing. While feminist women were disgustingly silent when women first voted in Afghanistan, something I thought was beyond wonderful, gays are beginning to catch on. How else to explain this:

Reports of more executions of gay men in Iran prompted an international gay rights group to renew its call for the United Nations to investigate and hold Iran accountable for possible human rights violations. The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) made the appeal on Wednesday, following reports that two young men were publicly hanged on Sunday on charges of homosexuality. Earlier in the month another young man was hanged in a town square in northern Iran, according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran. "We are alarmed at these latest hangings and call for an immediate investigation by the U.N. and national human rights monitors," said Paula Ettelbrick, executive director of the IGLHRC. "It's clear that a pattern is emerging in which young men are executed as couples and that the crimes they allegedly committed always involve some form of sexual assault of another male." The "pattern" came to light during the summer, when the executions of two Iranian teens made headlines around the world.
Perhaps this dawning awareness that it's not all evil "Chimpy" Bush against some saintly Third World will help moderate the Left's relentless hostility against the President's efforts to bring freedom to the truly oppressed of the world.