Hey kid get a haircut

This too is from last month. You probably already know about it. I saw a headline or two, but didn’t follow it up. Dozens of Iraqi teenagers with emo haircuts were stoned to death.

Pictures below the fold.

Iraqi activists said this picture belongs to a teenager who was brutally killed by religious police for having an “emo” hairstyle. (Courtesy of Al Tahreer News)

Activists told the Lebanon-based al-Akhbar daily that at least 90 Iraqi teenagers with “emo” appearances have been stoned to death by the Moral Police in the country in the past month. The violent crackdown against “emo” Iraqi teenagers came after the Iraqi interior ministry declared them as “devil worshippers.”

“The ‘Emo phenomenon’ or devil worshiping is being probed by the Moral Police who have the approval to eliminate it as soon as possible since it’s detrimentally affecting the society and becoming a danger,” according to a statement by the interior ministry.

And by “eliminate it” they mean “smash the teenage boys with rocks.” That kind of interior ministry; that kind of Moral Police.

H/t Małgorzata


  1. says

    “They wear strange, tight clothes that have pictures on them such as skulls and use stationery that are shaped as skulls. They also wear rings on their noses and tongues, and do other strange activities,” the statement added.

    But dragging kids out of school and killing them isn’t *strange*, it’s allah’s will!

  2. Stacy says

    Fuck. Remind me again why I feel any allegiance to the human race?

    And pass the vodka. kthxbai

  3. Gingerbaker says

    Oh quit yer b******g.

    Saddam was a tyrant. Iraq is a better place with him gone, and the whole world is theoretically safer because his theoretical weapons of mass destruction have been theoretically destroyed.

    Criticizing Iraq now is a tragic slap to the face of the 1,000,000 or so Iraqi civilians who gave their lives so that Islamic conservatives can police proper moral discipline.

  4. says


    What did Saddam Hussein’s police do with young men who sported ’emo’ haircuts?

    a. nothing
    b. something

    (I think only one of the above is correct. I can’t recall the style being around in Saddam’s time. So I favour b.)

  5. JohnM says

    Ian – I think Gingerbaker is being ironic. The repeated use of theoretical in regards to the WMDs that were supposed to be there is a hint.

  6. says


    With respect, the effect of Ginger’s theoretical irony on me cut the other way: that is, in the direction commonly favoured by the ‘anti-war’, pro-totalitarian Left.

    The other possibility is that it went completely over my head, and by a country mile. I which case I would agree that it was far too subtle for the likes of me.

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