THE death threat was delivered to Karazan's father early in the morning by a masked man wearing a police uniform. The scribbled note was brief. Karazan had to die because he was gay. In the new Baghdad, his sexuality warranted execution by the religious militias.
The father was told that if he did not hand his son over, other family members would be killed.
And, it is not just the gays who are targets.
What scares the city's residents is how the fanatics list of enemies is growing. It includes girls who refuse to cover their hair, boys who wear theirs too long, booksellers, liberal professors and prostitutes. Three shops known to sell alcohol were bombed yesterday in the Karrada shopping district.
The religious extremist, the very groups we have been denouncing, are the new power in this country. A war started with the lie that it was to stop terrorism, is creating a land where terrorist will get support.
And few in the US even notice, heck some even call it incremental progress.