May 17, 2018
There is a long running philosophical question that has dogged philosophers since the time of the pre-Socratics: can you kill someone who does not exist?
This question is once again featuring prominently in the public debate as Chechnya is accused of slaughtering nonexistent anal fetish perverts.
An official at Russia’s Justice Ministry has said at the United Nations that the rights of the LGBT community were not violated in Chechnya because there were no gays there.
The sentiment was first expressed by Chechen strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov who, faced with media reports that gay Chechens were allegedly detained and tortured, maintained that “we don’t have any gays.” Last year, the investigative Novaya Gazeta reported that more than 100 men had been starved, beaten, and tortured with electric shocks in a government-backed crackdown on local gays.
“The investigations that we carried out […] did not confirm evidence of rights’ violations, nor were we even able to find representatives of the LGBT community in Chechnya,” acting Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov told the UN Human Rights Council on Monday.
“Please, help us do this and find them,” he said.
“Won’t you help us find these gays, who you claim were murdered, but appear to have never existed?”
That argument only works if you believe a person has to exist in order to be killed, however.
I don’t think that anyone can make a serious argument that it is possible for a Chechen to be a homosexual.
Mind you, I hate these people – but they are a legit race of hyper-masculine Iron Age blood-chugging savages with no fear of death.
Whatever they are, they are not fairy-like.