Iraq – This time it’s personal

It’s looks as if the mad mullahs (or is it Imams?) of Iraq have gone where no mad mullah has meddled before:

Iraq’s newly crowned beauty queen, Tamar Goregian, has decided to step down — just four days after her election, making this the shortest reign in the pageant’s 60-year history.

On April 9, the 23-year-old, who was the first Armenian Iraqi to win the Miss Iraq pageant, announced her resignation after receiving threats by a group of religious extremists who referred to her as “the queen of infidels” for participating in the contest….

Pageant organizers had hoped to pass the crown to the runner-up, or “Maiden of Beauty,” Mona Hilmi, an Iraqi Sunni Muslim. One of the organizers said she was “equally intelligent and beautiful.”

However, the second and third runners-up also withdrew from the competition for security concerns. They had not received specific threats.

Miss Teen Iraq, Silva Shahakian, a Christian, accepted the title.

It’a almost as if the religious extremists are going out of their way to provoke Miss Universe aficionado, John Hinderaker, the only man to have ever live-blogged the Miss Universe pageant while not wearing a silk kimono and a Kelly Clarkson Miss Independent Tour 2004 t-shirt.

I hate to point out the obvious to John, but this never would have happened under Saddam.

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