The chief foreign correspondent for CBS News was gang-raped in the middle of the day by an unnamed number of Egyptian men in Liberty Square, Cairo, during, wait for it, DEMOCRACY protests. Ah, Tahrir Square, the place now as hallowed in the brainwashed minds of the mostly male, wholly misogynistic progressive left as the Old North Bridge, the Gettysburgh battlefield, the Washington Mall on August 28, 1963, the Berlin Wall in 1989, and the Bastille prison as a sacred birthplace of real democracy for the oppressed.*
We quoted back then this little doozy of an observation from an article attempting to whitewash the absence of a real voice for women’s particular rights in a possibly newly democratic Middle East:
“Protests have a reputation for being dangerous for Egyptian women, whose common struggle as objects of sexual harassment is exacerbated in the male dominated crowds.”
Ok, then. Women, it doesn’t get much plainer than that: merely being present in a protest crowd in this most “secular” Islamic country is an invitation to sex harassment. Of course, those familiar with visiting, working, and living in Islamic countries know that harassment is actually a tame concern. They know that women on the street in Egypt or Iran or Saudi Arabia or Kabul are actually likely to be downright assaulted, even gang raped. As the chief foreign correspondent for CBS News now knows.
As bad as this is, and it IS very, very bad, what’s almost unspeakably intolerable is the reaction of the progressive left, especially those with political and foreign policy power. I speak of course of Nir Rosen, a professor of foreign policy at NYU and a fellow at the Center for Law and Security there. Last night he tweeted he was compelled to “find the humor” in the “small thing” that happened to the Chief Correspondent, as well as several other jaw-droppingly misogynistic comments in which he chortled at the whole scenario and reminded his readers that the Chief’s supposed bias in favor of US military actions in Af/Pak and Iraq makes what happened to her a lot less worse than what has been happening to the people of those regions.
Rosen has been allowed to resign his post at the CLC. He should have been fired. I’m blogging from work on a tablet and linking/researching is, let’s just say, limited, so I can’t readily look up where else this jackass works. If anyone can post any links or information about Rosen, as well as any of the other progressive rape apologists (paging Glenn Greenwald and Michael Moore), please post them in comments.
Sandress over at crawdad, along with several commenters, have been covering this all day and have lots of good links.
*The meaning and unremarked upon understanding of “the oppressed” in all of the above examples, with perhaps the exception of East Berlin, where communism at least offered the female half of the population legal equal rights under the law going all the way back to 1917, is that oppression only ever matters when it is done to men. Oppressed has always meant oppressed MEN in all political and social populist revolts.