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article imageOp-Ed: The Genocide That Dare Not Speak Its Name

By Johnny Simpson     Mar 25, 2009 in World
Whether you know it or not, there are actually two genocides going on in the world. The first, in Sudan, is heinous and brutal in ways that exceed even Hitler's and still does today. The second, even more ruthless in some ways, remains a closet case. Why?
"Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group;
(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part."
From the United Nations' Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, December 1948.
For those of you unfamiliar with the title reference. Onto the subject at hand.
According to Wikipedia's entry on genocide, there have been four confirmed genocides since the CPPCG, a UN organization dedicated to the subject, was ratified by the UN General Assembly in 1948 and up and running by 1951. The first, of course, was the Nazi genocide of the Jews, the first social stirrings of which occurred in Hitler's Germany in the early 1930s. It was this Holocaust which inspired the CPPCG.
Curiously, the Convention did not include the 1937 Nanking Massacre, in which the invading Imperialist Japanese brutally slaughtered up to 300,000 soldiers and civilians, and committed over 20,000 rapes. Perhaps that is because the Japanese were not so selective in their pillage and extermination of the native Chinese as the Nazis were of the Jews. They just killed everybody. Savage nonetheless.
The first time the UN Convention's laws against genocide were invoked was during the Rwandan genocide, which took place between April and June 1994 and claimed the lives of 800,000 Rwandans in less than the space of 100 days. The second occurred in the former Yugoslavia, and introduced to the world the term ethnic cleansing. During that genocide, committed by Serbs against native Bosnians and Croatians, more than 200,000 innocent civilians were brutalized and murdered. Also, tens of thousands of women were raped, some more than a hundred times. Not a glowing testament to the human race.
The third, happening in Darfur as we speak, is being carried out in the most savage and inhuman of ways by Sudan's Dear Leader, human vampire and now-international fugitive from justice Omar Bashir. If you are curious as to why I said the Sudanese genocide was worse in some ways to that of the Nazis, I'll give you an example. Even in the most savage days of Nazi rule, Hitler tried to at least put a pretense of humanity on his brutal regime, allowing Red Cross access and mail deliveries to POW camps, and showing off the Potemkin Theresienstadt concentration camp as a propaganda showpiece.
In short, Hitler and the Nazis made at least some outward pretense of abiding by international conventions.
By contrast, Omar Bashir not only painted his military aircraft a UN white to transport arms, he also flew continuous bombing sorties in those same aircraft, to deceive refugees on the ground into thinking a food drop was coming when it was actually Hell instead. Not a nice guy. Bashir's bloodthirsty hordes of Arab militias, the Janajweed, clean up on the ground. Since the Sudanese genocide began in 2003, more than 200,000 Sudanese have perished, and more than 2.7 million have been displaced. It happens even today.
I'm sure if there were a sea route by which to exterminate innocents in Darfur, Mr. Bashir would be capitalizing on that asset as well. The world's outrage over this abominable and ongoing crime against humanity by Omar Bashir is well-documented, and even has such high-profile adversaries as George Clooney and his father, journalist Nick Clooney. But on the other genocide of today, being committed even as we speak, the silence could not be more profound than that of its thousands of massacred victims.
Perhaps, before I continue, a new interpretation of the term genocide is necessary. Yet according to the stated articles of the CPPCG above, what is occurring is by definition a genocide, the specifically targeted brutalization and extermination of a select group of innocent human beings. Such a ruthless pogrom is being carried out today, and has been for thirty years, by the extremist Islamic Republic of Iran against all homosexuals within its borders. In essence, the borders of the IRI have served as the barb-wire fence of one huge Auschwitz for gays in Iran since its inception. It is called the Gay Holocaust in Iran.
Let us look once again at the definition of genocide by the articles of the CPPCG. Killing members of the group. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.
So, according to the CPPCG, the Gay Holocaust in Iran does indeed qualify as a genocide. Though gays may not be of a particular national, ethnic, racial, or religious group. the fact that the IRI is targeting gays specifically for extermination qualifies per the CPPCG. Any wordplay is merely semantics. In addition, since the IRI was first established in 1979, it has been official state policy to carry out this anti-gay pogrom. In fact, the Iranian regime is so pleased with their gay extermination program, they are now exporting it to Iraq. Their idea of a cultural exchange, I guess. Kind of like Hitler's with Poland.
In 2005, Iran's new president, who publicly stated there are no gays in Iran, set out in his first 100 days to make that claim an inhuman reality, jacking up this barbaric extermination program from a passive search into an aggressive manhunt, entrapping gays online, raiding gay parties, mercilessly torturing them, then hanging them from crane wires, in full public view, to die horrible deaths of slow strangulation and suffocation. It can take an hour to die that way. They even bring their kids. No real surprise there, if you know how the real Iranian regime raises its children. The kids they don't execute, anyway.
The silence in the West over this 'Gay Genocide' horrorshow in Iran is deafening, even by such stalwart gay rights champs as Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black. It almost seems as taboo a subject as AIDS once was in the gay community. Personally, I believe the Gay Holocaust in Iran is just a little bit more of a pressing matter for gays than Prop 8. In fact, I believe it is a most pressing matter for all of humanity.
Is not the targeted and ruthless extermination of a select group of innocent human beings considered the most horrific and abominable crime known to man? Then why the deafening silence?
Is it more important to extend olive branches to Iran that are no sooner slapped out of our hands? To try Hollywood Diplomacy, which has been an abysmal failure, over a tougher stance? Is it more important to play nice to Iran as they hold Roxana Saberi hostage in defiance of international law? Do we play the same game with today's Iran as the world once played with Hitler, overlooking the horrific in vain hopes of peace?
That today's Hitlerite Islamist regime in Iran is committing a genocide should come as no surprise to anyone. They swear all the time they're going to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth, just as Hitler did in Mein Kampf. Using nuclear weapons against Israel is a topic of casual conversation for leaders in today's Iran, many of whom are considered moderates in the West.
There ARE no moderates in Iran's Thugocracy! Only varying degrees of Shiite Islamist extremists!
Example. Consider Iran's recent genocide parades in support of their BFF O-Bash in both Tehran and Khartoum. They are, in fact, peas in a pod. Which brings up a very interesting and compelling question for our time. At what point does the human race stand up as one and say "no more!" even to the point of war, if these horrific genocides in Iran and Sudan continue unabated, despite vehement global opposition?
The UN's and the world's record on intervening in these most abominable and horrific crimes known to man is shoddy at best, yet the Nazi Holocaust was one of the prime reasons for the UN's creation amidst the unified cry of "never again!" But the question remains. Which would have been the greater evil? Fighting the Nazi regime to the death in World War II, as a united world once did? Or allowing Auschwitz and the rest of the Nazi death camps to stay up and running until every last Jew in Europe was exterminated?
I do not advocate war. No sane person would. But would it be better to start exerting military force against the outlaw regime in Sudan if they do not comply with basic civilized standards of behavior? Or would it be better to wait until another 200,000 innocent civilians are ruthlessly exterminated, and millions others displaced? In My Humble Opinion, Dear Readers, there are far worse things in this world than war.
But first, we must take off the rose-colored glasses and look at these bloodstained totalitarian regimes for what they really are. If history has taught us anything, sipping tea with dictators while allowing them to run roughshod only gets more people killed, not less. As it is getting people killed today in Iran and Sudan.
Food for thought. While you're chewing on all that, please take a moment out to send D.C. and the Invisible Press your thoughts, particularly regarding Roxana Saberi. Her continuing unlawful confinement, and mental deterioration at the hands of her Islamist goon keepers in Evin prison, is yet another abomination by the Islamic Republic of Iran that has me feeling very Patton toward them right now. If Iran truly wants a new beginning with America, wouldn't releasing Roxana Saberi be a good start? Ceasing the relentless torture and extermination of gays would be another. And I say that as a straight man, okay?
Here are the contacts. Again. For Day Eighteen of the Roxana Saberi Hostage Crisis.
Here's the White House. Here's the State Department. Here's Congress.
Many thanks to the North Dakota House for their efforts to free Roxana. 1 down, 56 to go. Many kudos also to NPR, ABC, the BBC and the CPJ for their 10,000+ signature petition and strong words.
As opposed to the Invisible Press: the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, FOX, NBC, CBS, and AP.
You can give the hopelessly hopeful Daily KOS a HuffPo a shout-out, too.
I take that back about HuffPo. They did just report on Roxana's father saying Roxana's becoming suicidal.
You might also want to wake up Sean Penn, Dustin Lance Black and The Nine Stooges over at AMPAS, too. If they're not all out sharing tea and finger cookies with the hostage-takers and gay butchers, that is.
In closing, never forget Roxana Saberi. Let's get her out of that House of Torture in Iran and home where she belongs. Her parents are really worried for her, and so am I. Knowing the real Iran now, so should you.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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