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Politics: Iraq fundies on the rise

BAGDAD, 4 July (IRIN) - For Sumeya Abdullah, a 34-year-old primary school teacher in the capital Baghdad, life will never be the same again. In late June she had her legs burned by corrosive acid in a street attack because, she believes, she was not wearing her veil and the traditional 'abaya' covering common in many Middle Eastern countries.

"I was shopping in one of the most crowded districts in Baghdad when I felt my skin burning by something corrosive. It was horrible, a terrible pain, then I found myself in hospital," Abdullah said.

Witnesses in the district where the attack happened, said that for more than two weeks, women have been targeted by acid attackers for dressing immodestly. Sometimes the assailants spray or throw the acid on foot, or on occasion, from a moving car. Other attacks have been even more shocking.

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During Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraqi women were more or less free to wear what they wanted. In the 1980s Iraq was considered one of the most Western countries in the region in terms of fashion.
But thank you, Mr. Bush, for bringing freedom to Iraq. They've got so much freedom now, they're free to throw acid on women for not conforming to religious insanity.

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polkadotrose
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
That is so crazy... Why? What the fuck has our country done? I am so frustrated. What the FUCK?
elven_wolf
Jul. 5th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
They've gone in half-cocked without a real contingency plan, without really thinking about the upheaval the invasion would inevitably cause. 'Cakewalk' indeed. *snort*

In short, they've fucked up in every conceivable way, and some inconceivable ones.
crackpress
Jul. 5th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Fucking hell. I still have to grow up in this world. I wish he'd stop screwing it up.
elven_wolf
Jul. 5th, 2005 09:12 pm (UTC)
Word.
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