Im „freien Irak“, II

Seltsam auch, daß die USA im Irak die Pressefreiheit einführten, politische Parteien zuließen und sogar religiöse Eiferer agitieren lassen. […] Verwirrend, daß in Bagdad, in den endlich wieder geöffneten Fisch- und Schnaps-Kneipen am Tigris, dauernd Trinksprüche auf George Bush ausgebracht werden. Und noch verwirrender: Die angeblich ach so gläubigen Iraker wollen keine UN-Truppen aus Old Europe und schon gar nicht aus islamischen Ländern, sondern mehr Schutz vor islamistischen Mordbrennern – von der US-Army.

Zeitschrift Bahamas, 2003.

Zehn Jahre verfehlte (US-)Politik später (Stärkung autoritärer Politiker und Machtgruppen, Forcierung der Ethnisierung und Tribalisierung sowie der Islamisierung der Politik, Akzeptanz der Einschränkung von Bürgerrechten und Pressefreiheit durch die irakische Regierung):

BAGHDAD (AFP) — Iraqi women face court-ordered virginity tests that often show they were virgins until marriage but shame them nonetheless, doctors at an institute that carries out the tests and a lawyer told AFP. […] An average of several virginity tests are performed per day at the Medical Legal Institute (MLI) in Baghdad […]. „Most of the cases we received after the first day of marriage,“ said Dr. Munjid al-Rezali, the director of the MLI. „The husband claims that she is not a virgin, and then the family bring her here, through the courts, this all come through the courts, and we examine her,“ Rezali said.
The tests include examination of the woman’s hymen, but the man involved may also come under scrutiny. The man may be tested for impotency, Rezali said, noting that in some cases, a man with erectile dysfunction may pretend the woman was not a virgin to hide his shame. […]
„They think that during the marriage, (the) first day of marriage, there should be blood … they think if there is no blood, there is no virginity,“ said Dr. Sami Dawood, a forensic doctor at the MLI who has been involved in the tests. This belief, he said, indicates that sex education and knowledge is „very poor.“ If a man thinks his new wife is not a virgin, he may take the issue to court, leading to the MLI performing a virginity test, said Dawood. Asked about the results of the tests, Dawood said that „most of them (are) with the woman, not against the woman, but it is by itself… shaming.“ […]
„The judge is required to send the woman for the medical test when she is accused by her husband of not being a virgin, and that is only done in this case,“ lawyer Ali Awad Kurdi said. „If it is proved that the woman was not virgin and sought to get married without telling the man, there is no law that protects her,“ Kurdi said. The woman’s family is then required to recompense the man for gifts, money and other expenditures related to the relationship. […]