There are disturbing stories out of Iraq every day, but this one is more alarming than most. It's called an "honor killing," which isn't anything new, but is still terribly disconcerting.
A 17-year-old girl has been stoned to death in Iraq because she loved a teenage boy of the wrong religion.
As a horrifying video of the stoning went out on the Internet, the British arm of Amnesty International condemned the death of Du’a Khalil Aswad as "an abhorrent murder" and demanded that her killers be brought to justice.
Reports from Iraq said a local security force witnessed the incident, but did nothing to try to stop it. Now her boyfriend is in hiding in fear for his life. … ..
We've really made a mess out of things in Iraq, but still Mr. Bush is determined to escalate. McClatchy's round up of violence will make you wince, as well Juan Cole's contribution today. Amidst efforts to stop the war, as Democrats and Republicans try to come to an agreement and a bill Bush will sign, Clinton and Bryd's idea about deauthorizing the war is another front on which to push the president. It may end up in court, but it's still an idea worth supporting.
So today's event should be interesting. Thanks to Jane and Christy for giving me an earlier slot so Rand Beers, president of National Security Network, could join us, as well as Howie for inviting me in to sub for him today. (As if anyone can ever sub for Howie Klein!) Rand will join me for about a 15 minute live broadcast interview (link at the top of this post), which will stream online starting at around 12:05 pacific – 3:05 eastern.
The link at the top of this post will go live just after the top of the hour. Afterwards, I'll offer the interview in a podcast. After the live broadcast, Rand will join the FDL community in the comment section to take questions about Iraq. Update: We had tech troubles, so Rand and I weren't able to connect.
Hope you can tune in, then chat with us today.
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