People Obama can do business with

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 18, 2009

Here’s another reality check for those who think that the current Iranian regime is one we should be reaching out to. Apparently it’s against the law in the Islamic Republic to execute a virgin – the mullahs in Iran know how to fix that.

Explaining how he had come to join the volunteer Basiji forces, he said his mother had taken him to them.

When he was 16, "my mother took me to a Basiji station and begged them to take me under their wing because I had no one and nothing foreseeable in my future. My father was martyred during the war in Iraq and she did not want me to get hooked on drugs and become a street thug. I had no choice," he said.

He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."

"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal," he said.

Why the regret, if the marriages were "legal?"

"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.

"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her."

If this was an outrage against the “religion of peace,” then the silence it has elicited is damning.

0 comments on “People Obama can do business with”

  1. I suppose it would be a waste of time to forward this to any feminist organizations.
    Several years ago, Kevin Drum asked himself on his blog why he wasn't protesting the atrocious human rights violations in Iran, everything he "loathed".
    He answered himself that, to the extent Iran was bad, George Bush looked good. And that would never do. So he planned to keep quiet.
    First things first.
    It's hard to have a human rights violation which catches the attention of the Professionally Incredibly Wonderful if the nation involved is an enemy of the US.
    On the other hand, it might make the aforesaid feminist organizations uncomfortable to find that a lot of folks, 1, know about this, and, 2, can be presumed to be wondering where the feminists are.

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