I’m reading stories like this one and this one that are making me a little uneasy, following the beating and gang-rape suffered by CBS Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo, Egypt one week ago. CBS executives, not wanting to ruin the delusional politically correct template of a democratic Jeffersonian-style revolution in Egypt, kept the savaging of their employee under wraps until they were forced to divulge the atrocity.
Diana West and Andrew Bostom have both weighed in on the well-documented hatred of women and Jews that are inculcated within Islam. That the rapists yelled, “Jew! Jew!” at their helpless victim as they beat and violated her speaks volumes as to the Muslim mind-set.
Several thoughts occurred to me in the aftermath of Logan’s nightmare:
1) Whose idea was it to send her back into that situation after she had already been taken into custody once by Egyptian authorities? Surely her supervisors knew about how many journalists had been beaten and harassed by the Muslim mob. And I’ve often wondered how the journalists who filed their reports knew they were being assaulted by pro-Mubarak men. Were the assailants wearing signs or armbands that identified them as Mubarak’s people? Again, there was a PC template to maintain. Revolution good, Mubarak bad.
2) There is plenty of material available, including Bostom’s book The Legacy of Jihad, which chronicles the rapes, murders, torture and abject abuse of Infidels by Muslims, throughout history. Logan’s superiors should have thought about the risks in sending their subordinate back into a frenzied Muslim mob scene in the middle of a violent revolution. That they did not sufficiently weigh the peril is inexcusable.
3) There comes a time in a supervisor’s position where he or she must evaluate the potential risks to a subordinate in any situation and terminate the unreasonable risk by removing the employee from that situation. If it sounds like I’m second-guessing Lara Logan’s superiors, you bet I am. From the stories I’ve read thus-far, there can be no doubt that this lady has guts. But someone above her should have seen the potential for something terrible to happen and pulled her out of there.
As to the stories I linked to above, its all very nice to read about how tough Lara Logan is and how she’s vowed to come back to work very soon. During my twenty-plus years in law enforcement I worked with my share of rape victims. Some were beaten by their rapists. One was gang-raped. They were of all ages and of both sexes.
The experiences left permanent emotional scars within them. They were left subdued and distrusting by what had been done to them.
I’m going to be very surprised if Logan bounces back from this as quickly as some of her friends and those glib news reporters think she will. My best wishes go out to her as she begins her recovery.