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    It Could Happen Anywhere, But It Happened There

    It Could Happen Anywhere, But It Happened There

    There isn’t much I can add to the numerous comments regarding the “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” of CBS News correspondent Lara Logan by a large group of men in Tahrir square in the moments after it was announced Hosni Mubarek had resigned.

    Some of the comments around the net have been insightful, others horrid.  We only can hope that Ms. Logan has a speedy physical and psychological recovery.

    Yes, it’s absolutely true that rape and gang rape could happen anywhere, and have happened with shocking frequency particularly in war zones.  Whether it was Soviet troops in the aftermath of the conquest of Germany, or various African troops in the conquest of tribal villages, the use of rape as a means of exerting political power has been all too common and worthy of condemnation and action. Ms. Logan’s native South Africa has a particularly notorious problem of rape being used as a means of societal revenge.

    There is no single racial, ethnic, religious or political group which uniquely owns such infamy.

    But we also cannot ignore that while it could happen anywhere, it did happen in Tahrir Square at a moment of national celebration in the open and in a public place, directed at someone who must have been viewed as a symbol of the West.

    This is a fact those who glamorize the “Arab Street” have yet to deal with.

    Update:  Howard Kurtz:

    “But the sexual assault and beating that Logan endured underscores that the Middle East remains a particularly dangerous place for women. And it is hard to imagine that this was some random attack, that members of the mob didn’t realize that she was an American television correspondent.”

    Update No. 2:  The NY Post is reporting that the crowd shouted “Jew, Jew” as the men attacked Logan:

    “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday…

    A network source told The Post that her attackers were screaming, “Jew! Jew!” during the assault. And the day before, Logan had told that Egyptian soldiers hassling her and her crew had accused them of “being Israeli spies.” Logan is not Jewish.

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    Did anyone watch CBS Evening News last night to see if there was any further coverage of the story?

    I assume not.

    This terse statement is all that is posted on their website, and it says, in pertinent part:

    "There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time."

    One certainly has to respect her concerns, and for reasons beyond the most obvious, including the fact that no reporter should want to become a part of the story.

    But the fact is that they all were.

    I really have to wonder . . . is this an "easy way out" for CBS News?

    . . . CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy" on the 11th — the day Mubarak fell?

    Who constituted this "dangerous element" this "mob of more than 200" who perpetrated the attack? Was it largely composed of the members of an organization? Were any of them arrested by members of the military? Were any of them known to any CBS employees?

    Obviously, several people at CBS know a whole lot more than is contained in that brief statement!

    And, because CBS News appears to be refusing to do anything more on it, is anyone at any of the other networks going to attempt to follow up on the story, including by seeking interviews with CBS News employees who were at the scene?

    If they don't, are they dropping the ball?

    What is the Administration's official position? Has State demanded that the Egyptian Army, which is now in charge, seek the arrest of the perpetrators of this crime?

    Firstly: I hope the lady gets the help she'll need to recover. There's a reason such assault is used as a weapon– it's incredibly powerful.

    "Harassment" is so bad that a group started a "text in reports" thing to map them.

    40% of those women surveyed were sexually assaulted.
    Al Jazeera adds:
    Many Egyptian women have stories, usually branded as "shameful" and "embarrassing", of public harassment and even outright sexual assault in public.

    …In October 2006, Wael Abbas, a human rights activist, captured video images of throngs of men pulling scarves off veiled women and ganging up on two or three women at a time in downtown Cairo.

    One picture even showed a group of girls taking sanctuary in a downtown store, crowds of men waiting at the door as a number of police officers seemed unable to contain the pandemonium.

    This SHOULD HAVE been an obvious risk–I guess the optics were just too good, or something.

    Blanking morons that assume folks are like them in their cultural assumptions while denying human nature….

    Professor, I just saw your update from the NY Post!

    Was CBS actually going to be covering that up with their brief statement as well?

    If not, then why was no mention of it not included in their "final" statement?

    What other possible reasons might they have had for saying "no further comment" from CBS News?

    And, one has to wonder, where's Katie on all of this official network silence?

    Professor Jacobson said, "Logan is not Jewish."

    Are you sure about that, Professor?

    The "Arab Street" operates by the one-drop rule.

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