Pray for Lara Logan.
On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, 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.
In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.
Read the rest of Pundette’s piece; you’ll get a taste of a particularly vile left-wingers exceedingly nasty attack on Ms. Logan.
As for the attack, sustained sexual assault sounds an awful lot like ‘rape’. Being that this horrific act was perpetrated during a lawless clusterfuck means there is probably very little chance that the scumbags who did this can be identified. Being that this happened to a western female reporter, there probably wasn’t going to be much of an investigation in the first place. You can’t tell me that in a country where an estimated 96% of married women are…“cut”…there will be much effort made on behalf of one American media personality.
This incident brings a few things into sharp relief. I’ve heard more than a few people call CBS the Tiffany Network. Supposedly they have the highest ratings of any broadcast channel. Ummmm, how’s about spending some of that money on better security for your reporters? I don’t know what kind of safety infrastructure the network had in place for Ms. Logan. Frankly, I don’t care because it clearly wasn’t good enough.
The counter-argument to that is, “Well, she’s a reporter, that’s her job, she knew the risks.” I get all that. It’s a valid train of thought. However, just because Ms. Logan was cool risking her neck by going into Tahrir Square doesn’t mean that maybe somebody higher up the food chain could’ve put her in a safer location from which to make her reports. Like, maybe someplace other than a choke point ripe for an ambush.
To be perfectly frank, CBS dropped the ball on this one. They need to take a good hard look at themselves and their security procedures. If I was a foreign correspondent, I’d be very nervous about just how much the news bureau actually cares about my safety after this episode.
Meanwhile, The Other McCain finds a feminist sob-sister in high–or is that low?–dudgeon.
Echidne begins her discussion of insensitive comments by threatening to cast into outer darkness anyone who might be tempted to see the crime against Lara Logan as having a distinct cultural component. That would categorize you as the “loathsome” type who “describes Muslims or Arabs as animals and so on.” Scroll through the comments at I Own The World and you can see that these “loathsome” sentiments are actually quite common. To be counted among the bien-pensants, however, you can’t think of such things. No, says Echidne, you must ignore the specific context of this crime — a blonde American woman raped by Egyptians during a revolutionary demonstration — and instead focus all your wrath on the terrible sexism and insensitivity of anonymous people leaving crude comments on a Web site.
Because sexism and insensitivity are the real problems, you see.
What an amazing act of intellectual prestidigitation! And if you call attention to the element of distraction involved in Echidne’s magic trick, if you describe what she is actually doing as opposed to what she claims to be doing, your criticism will be cited as further proof of the looming menace posed by insensitive sexists. And constant vigilance against that menace is the raison d’etre of feminism.
The mind magic on display here is a particularly common species of progressive thought. It’s the cognitive clash that happens when two or more of Left’s grievance groups are in conflict. In this case, it’s bed-wetting multicultural feel-goodism versus strident man-hating Vagina Monologuing feminist moral preening.
Take note who wins that battle. The feminist blogger Echidne is more worried about the feelings of Muslims who might get their delicate sensitivities mildly bruised because somebody got a little rough on an internet forum. Where does Ms. Logan–the only real victim in all of this–fit into Echidne’s story? Hell if I know.
So I guess multi-culti bullshit beats grrrl-power nonsense in this go-round. I wonder why that’s the case here. Maybe it’s because Muslims have proven so adept at using violence to answer their critics. It’s not like anyone fears feminist terrorism beyond the horrifying wardrobe malfunctions.
Beyond the cowardice of the self-styled brave truth tellers, Echidne’s epic fail here is a failure of priorities. I don’t have a problem with left-wingers having a hierarchy of political goals and interests. Conservatives of different stripes do the same thing. If a lib wants to value ethnic grievance groups over feminism, that’s entirely up to them.
But if you’re going to call yourself a feminist and make a big show of caring about women, you should…you know…at least pretend to give a rat’s ass about a female rape victim before you go off on a moralistic tirade against a figment of your ideology.
Update: Angel over at Woman Honor Thyself has some words.
And while all compassionate humans no doubt pray for Lara’s physical, emotional, and spiritual healing…Will someone dare ask if hers’ or others’ eyes have now been opened to the belief system that motivated these attacks against her?
….. Will she or others speak on her behalf of the the truth about this ideology in all it’s horror.
Or will we be insulted yet again with the “lone” wolves theory…. who of course—don’t represent Izlam— being the perps?
All hundreds of them.
How many lone wolves make a pack?
Maybe that should be a valid question, rather than the PC hand wringing we get from the left’s representatives.