Grainy footage taken on a mobile phone and widely distributed around Baghdad shows a terrified young Iraqi boy cowering and whimpering as men with a stick force him to strip, revealing women's underwear beneath his dishdasha (Arab robe).
"Why are you dressed as a girl?" roars one of the men, brandishing his stick as the youth removes his brassiere.
The sobbing boy, who appears to be about 12, tries to explain that his family made him do it to earn money, as they have no other source of income.
This boy has been abused by his parents, by paedophiles and now by homophobes. He is twelve years old. Where was he when this scene was filmed? A police post.
The BBC report is just one more report of semi-legal homphobic murder and abuse in Iraq. We destroyed a broadly secular Arab nationalist regime and replaced it with a broadly religious Muslim democracy. And these are the results.
Another blow for freedom thanks to Dubya and Bliar