by Daniel Barge

Something interesting is happening in Iraq. Prominent women associated with Western values—or more accurately lack of values—are being gunned down.

In the latest incident, a man on a motorbike pulled up to a car containing Tara al-Fares, a beautiful 22-year-old, who promoted "female liberation" through her Instagram page (see photo), and pumped three bullets into her before escaping through the clogged Baghdad Streets. The killing was even captured on surveillance camera.

Al-Fares was a divorced single mother who had married at 16, and then made a name for herself on social media, posing in skimpy outfits and tacky makeup on Instagram, where she had 2.7 million followers, as well as other platforms like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

What exactly is going on here? Partly it is a response to how the West projects power in the modern world. Even though al-Fares could be described as an "innocent civilian," in the greater context of the civilisational struggle described by Samuel P. Huntingdon in his classic work The Clash of Civilizations (1996), she was in fact a weaponised entity, serving Western globalist interests.

When the West wants to colonise a country these days, it does not send a gunboat and a few missionaries, like it once did. Instead it projects its power through a combination of economic blackmail and "cultural terraforming."

The former method involves the sticks and carrots of cheap loans or economic sanctions, while the latter involves an acidic dismantling of the existing culture and its replacement with a version of the Western "globohomo" of atomised individualism, feminism, gay rights, and inter-generational strife. In fact, the two methods dovetail quite nicely, and may also explain why the West inexplicably imposes certain things like gay marriage on its own populations. Once the West decrees that "feminism" or "gay rights" are a "moral good," it can then selectively use their absence in target countries to impose economic sanctions. For example, Iran is "evil" not only because it opposes Israel but also because it oppresses women. As for Saudi Arabia, never mind—nothing to see there—because, as we all know, the Saudi's toe the Western line.

Once you get enough of their women behaving like this you've got them.
Now, in the case of Al-Fares, what we are seeing is a response to the second method, that of dismantling the existing culture and replacing it with a version of the Western "globohomo." Once a country has been pushed down that route, not only does it lose its cultural cohesion and will to fight back, but its people also become fixated on materialism, meaning that the economic sticks and carrots have a lot more bite.

Naturally, some of those most opposed to Western Imperialism are well aware of just what is going on here, which is why they specifically targeted an Instagram model as an act of war.

In the case of Iraq, the West is still trying to control a country that it invaded in 2003, but which still retains a culture that pulls it away from the West. From the Western viewpoint, the more "globohomo" it can inject into that culture the better. We see exactly the same thing in other contested territories like Afghanistan, where the relentless promotion of Malala Yousafzai and other #SoBrave women are an overt attempt to enforce Western values.

Just an education, bigot, nothing else. Trust us.
In addition to Al-Fares, the anti-Western radicals in Iraq appear to have killed three other prominent women, each of whom they felt had been "weaponised" by the West to push its metapolitical agenda.

Al-Fares's death followed the killing of Suad al-Ali, a women’s rights activist in the southern city of Basra. She was gunned down as she walked to her car. Then in August, two other Iraqi women, both prominent beauticians/ plastic surgeons were killed one week apart. One of them, Dr. Rafif al-Yasiri, was even nicknamed the "Barbie of Iraq," revealing her metapolitcal power level.

But even killing these women might not serve its intended purpose, as the amount of sympathy generated by the death of Al-Fares is something else that the West and its organs in Iraq is more than capable of weaponising.

Iraq’s acting prime minister, Haider al-Abadi has vowed to hunt down the killers. While, just like in the West, social media is being policed for any incorrect responses, with the usual negative consequences for those who show dissent. At least one state media employee has been sacked for calling Al-Fares a "whore" on social media in the aftermath of the killing.

The Western media and its NGOs will push the idea that these women were martyrs for "individual freedom," "equality," and all the usual buzzwords. But what we are seeing here is not so much a legitimate struggle for self expression as the imposition of geopolitical power by the West. The backlash that this is generating is at least partly understandable.