Tahrir Square British Sex Assault Victim: “I Know This Is Not Islam – I Love Egypt – It’s Okay”

Natasha Smith

Denial is a very powerful psychological phenomenon.  It’s a state of mind wherein one who has experienced some traumatic event, such as a rape, cannot come to terms with the intent and mindset of the perpetrator.  Or, for another example, a wife who is married to a chronic alcoholic batterer, rejects the idea that her spouse is an alcoholic who will beat her again if she goes back to him – as she sits up in a bed at the hospital emergency room, where she’s been treated for multiple injuries inflicted by her drunken husband.

At the present time, we are an entire nation in a state of denial about Islam’s doctrinal position and practices with regard to raping women.  A most telling example of this malaise is the CNN report by Dan Rivers, relating the abduction, stripping and violent sexual molestation of a female British student journalist by a frenzied mob of men in Tahrir Square, during the recent election celebrations.  Victim Natasha Smith’s blog about the incident is here.  Rivers’ complete CNN report of his interview with her is here.

…Smith was on her first international assignment, shooting a documentary on women’s rights in Egypt as her final college project. A doctor who treated Smith and a British Embassy official who met her at the hospital corroborrated her account for CNN…

…”Men started ripping off all my clothes,” she [Smith]told CNN. “First of all, it was my skirt, and that just went straight away, and I didn’t even feel my underwear being removed. Then my shoes went and clothes on my upper half were just being ripped off me, and that was quite painful.”

During the assault, “I was just in this weird, detached state of mind, and I just kept saying, ‘Please God, please make it stop. Please, God, make it stop.’ “…

…On her blog, she wrote that an ambulance pulled up at one point, but it was forced to leave when it “was invaded by tens of men.” Even after being escorted to a medical tent by volunteers who formed a cordon around her, her attackers surrounded the tent. Women who assisted her told her the attack “was motivated by rumors spread by troublemaking thugs that I was a foreign spy, following a national advertising campaign warning of the dangers of foreigners.”

“Arab women, Muslim women were all around me, just crying, saying ‘This is not Egypt! This is not Egypt! This is not Islam! These are thugs!’ ” she told CNN. She said she responded, “I know, I love Egypt, I know this is not Islam, it’s OK.

“And they were stunned, ’cause they thought I was going to be so full of hate and so full of fear. But from the very beginning, I don’t blame Egypt for this. This is not the workings of the Egyptian people. This is not representative.”…

Of course it’s not representative of Egypt.  The attack, and others like it, really didn’t happen in Egypt.  And the men who savaged her were surely not Muslims, doing what Muslim men regularly do to non-Muslim women in Shariah-compliant states.

For her finale in a rather perverse defense of Islam, Smith gives us a sort of obtuse indictment of the entire world of males, inferring that what happened to her could have happened to any woman in any country, in any culture – because men are just men, no matter where you go.  We’re all the same here, aren’t we.

…Smith said her case will get attention “because I’m British and I’m young and I’m a girl,” but she said other Egyptian women “will often suffer these attacks and worse attacks and there’ll be no justice done.”…

And why is that, I wonder?  Could it have anything to do with the institutionalization of rape in Islam?

…”There’s been an outpouring of support, and I’m so grateful for that,” she said. But she said she wished that support could be shared with “all women, of all nationalities, wherever they are.”

“I’ll be so happy if this could make any difference to other women who are in this situation, not just in Egypt, not just in the Middle East, but everywhere,” she said.

Perhaps at Times Square in New York on New Year’s Eve?  Or at an NFL game in Denver?  Or perhaps at the next major rally for either of the American political parties?  Don’t frenzied mobs of non-Muslim American men make a practice of forcibly violating women in situations like that?  What happened to Natasha Smith, Lara Logan, and Mona Eltahawy in Egypt just cannot have anything to do with doctrinal Islam. No.

So, let’s talk about something else, shall we?

(With thanks to Drudge for the link to the story.)

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About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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3 Responses to Tahrir Square British Sex Assault Victim: “I Know This Is Not Islam – I Love Egypt – It’s Okay”

  1. Anudeep says:

    Western leadership is playing with fire by promoting ” arab spring” democracy to barbarians !

  2. John L. Work says:

    Reblogged this on Here's The Right Side Of It and commented:

    Originally published June 30, 2012, during the uprising against Mubarak.

  3. Caroline beckenhaupt says:

    She is a well-trained Eloi, immersed in mushy Christianity, Feminism, & the hubris of her trainers. May God forgive.

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