just some more charming anecdotes about the joys of life under the fascist theocracy that our governments recently installed in iraq. "I don't want to be gay anymore. When I go out to buy bread, I'm afraid. When the doorbell rings, I think that they have come for me." That is the fear that haunts Hussein, and other gay men in Iraq. They say that since the US-led invasion, gays are being killed because of their sexual orientation. They blame the increase in violence on the growing influence of religious figures and militia groups in Iraq since Saddam Hussein was ousted. Hussein is 32 and lives in Baghdad with his brother, sister-in-law and nieces. "My brother's friends told him: 'In the current chaos you could get away with killing your brother without retribution and get rid of this shame,'" Hussein said. Iraq's deputy interior minister Maj Gen Hussein Kamal told the BBC that he was unaware of any minority groups being specifically targeted for kidnappings and killings. "We do not condone vigilante action. We encourage the victims to inform the authorities if they are subjected to any attacks." However, Hussein says gay people are afraid of the police. The Interior Ministry is run by members of Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (Sciri), which is one of Iraq's country's leading Shia parties. "Saddam was a tyrant, but at least we had more freedom then,"* said Hussein. "Nowadays, gay men are just killed for no reason." * funny how just about every minority group in iraq is saying that these days. makes you wonder how, if saddam was such an evil, bloodthirsty oppressor, are there any of them left to endure iraq's new "democracy" at all?