As the Texas decider swaggered across the White House lawn, five of his Best-of-Baghdad troops were brutally raping and murdering a 14-year old girl and her family and then leaving them in a blaze of kerosene. Is this why the American commander-in-chief needed a troop surge — to free up more of our glorious invaders to satisfy sexual perversities with the youngest teenagers of Baghdad?
I recently wrote an article about Americans as brutal bullies, and a commentator attempted to demean the issue by saying that history reveals lots of other regimes full of bullies. Is that supposed to excuse the recent crimes?
Someone will surely complain that my fussing over the gang rape of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl is exaggerating an isolated incident. How many such incidents does it take to realize that we shouldn't be there in the first place? How many rapes and murders of innocents do we need before partisan support for the decider-in-chief prevents the US Congress from resolving to stop funding our macho boys' sexcapades with screaming teenage girls as our victory-vipers murder their parents in the next room?
During a trial of these occupation maniacs, Sgt. Paul Cortez — one of the gang — said:
"She kept squirming and trying to keep her legs closed and saying stuff in Arabic. During the time me and Barker were raping Abeer, I heard five or six gunshots that came from the bedroom. After Barker was done, Green came out of the bedroom and said that he had killed them all, that all of them were dead.”
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Cortez added, "Green then placed himself between Abeer's legs to rape her. When Green was finished, he stood up and shot Abeer in the head two or three times."
How many brutal terrorizing acts like this need to be committed before millions of the victims’ sympathizers rebel in righteous revenge against all of America and Americans?
How stupid we've been — our leaders, our congress people, and our generals — to think that Iraqis would greet our invasion with flowers, waving American flags! Did we expect Iraqis to simply forget the half million children killed by ten years of sanctions?
As we carry on killing innocents who happen to be in the way of our bullets, and gang-raping little girls like Abeer, do we expect the resistance to go away? How many repeats do we need of this: "Cortez said the girl knew her parents and sister had been shot while she was being raped? He said she screamed and cried throughout the assault."
How many of our other crimes will go up in the flames of a kerosene cover-up that doesn't work and end up in the flames of hatred for bully-breeding America?
How many more incidents of marines killing civilians, as they did with 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha in 2005, do we need before we generate hundreds more insurgents and suicide bombers?
Dr Susan Block, in an article in Counterpoint wrote:
The supreme victory for the rapist is proof that his victim 'enjoyed' it. Though he may force his way into her property, demolish her home, murder her loved ones, pillage her belongings, though he may terrify and humiliate her, beat and batter her, break her bones and tear her flesh, spill her blood, wound her organs and lay waste to her very soul, if, in the midst of the rape, between tears and shrieks of agony, if his victim should, for a moment, for some reason, any reason, if she should smile, or, better yet, orgasm, the rapist is redeemed; he is even (in his mind) heroic.
The American rapist-murderers of Baghdad didn't even get that satisfaction.
The rape of Abeer was not an isolated incident. Up to 400 other incidents of rape by American troops in Iraq have been documented by human rights organizations, NGOs and independent media. How many more have been undocumented?
The same commentator who groused about how bullying was universal also groaned that my focus on it was nothing new. The only way the travesty of raping troops is going to stop is by bringing them home. Until that happens, the horrors of occupation need continued exposure.
Rose Aguilar has reported on rape of US servicewomen in the US military by American servicemen, saying “since the fall of 2003, the Miles Foundation has documented 518 cases of sexual assault on women who have served or are serving in Middle Eastern countries." How many of these have been prosecuted? According to the Miles Foundation, fewer than 3% of reported assaults result in court martial, let alone punishment.
Last year, Lance Corporal Smith was found guilty of raping a 23-year-old management accounting graduate in a van in a former US navy base while on shore leave. The US insisted that the rapist be turned over to the US military. The Philippines objected, as they depend on American support. Smith will get easier treatment.
The US military has become notorious as an institution reluctant to confront a culture of abuse. .The Navy’s Tailhook Scandal in Las Vegas in which the Navy elite aviators including the Navy’s senior most Admirals and DOD officials were involved in the sexual assault of 83 women, most were civilians. Not one of these assaults resulted in criminal charges. This is the way Americans take care of their own.
According to Veterans Administration statistics, over 200,000 US military women have been sexually harassed (79%, hazed and 30% raped by their own US military male counterparts); 60,000 East Asian Pacific civilians from Okinawa, Philippines, Korea, Japan, Thailand have been sexually harassed, raped, brutalized and murdered with virtually no accountability by US military men.
One of the gang rapists was recently sentenced to 100 years in prison—a showcase to the world — after making a plea agreement that will allow him to be paroled after ten years. Poor fool! If only they hadn’t murdered the whole family, including the rape victim they would have simply been reassigned in keeping with US military practice of ignoring, forgiving, condoning rapists. It’s macho male policy.
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