Tuesday, December 29, 2015

sex slaves and other spoils of war

At the same time that Japan and South Korea have tap-danced their way to a 'resolution' of the long-standing matter of "comfort women" enslaved by the Japanese during World War II, the Islamic State, which is currently doing what it can to create a caliphate in the Middle East, has taken a different approach.

Islamic State has dissected the matter of using women as sexual slaves and laid down the quite-explicit law. Never mind that Islamic scholars dispute Islamic State's interpretations ... sex slaves are subject to various do's and don't's.
Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.
The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State's previous known utterances on the subject, a leading Islamic State scholar said. It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the sexual slavery of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.
To read the fatwa click here: here
"Theologians" ... now there's an interesting notion.

And, when it comes to shaping a caliphate and dividing the spoils of war:
Islamic State has set up departments to handle "war spoils," including slaves, and the exploitation of natural resources such as oil, creating the trappings of government that enable it to manage large swaths of Syria and Iraq and other areas.

The hierarchical bureaucracy, including petty rivalries between officials, and legal codes in the form of religious fatwas are detailed in a cache of documents seized by U.S. Special Operations Forces in a May raid in Syria that killed top IS financial official Abu Sayyaf. Reuters has reviewed some of the documents.

1 comment:

  1. When you don't have the moral high ground, you want to have the guns. Just look at us.