Tuesday, January 31, 2006
US Female Soldiers Died to Avoid Rape
I am so pissed off right now while writing this, I'm surprised the keyboard isn't broken. If I hear 1 more Repuke say that Bush honors our troops, I am going to throttle that person and go to jail for assault. TruthOut: "The former commander of Abu Ghraib prison testified that Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, former senior US military commander in Iraq, gave orders to cover up the cause of death for some US female soldiers serving in Iraq. Last wk, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in NY that several women had died of dehydration because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being assaulted or even raped by male soldiers if they had to use the women's latrine after dark. The latrine for female soldiers at Camp Victory wasn't located near their barracks, so they had to go outside if they needed to use the bathroom. "There were no lights near any of their facilities, so women were doubly easy targets in the dark of the night," Karpinski told retired US Army Col David Hackworth in a Sept 04 interview. It was there that male soldiers assaulted and raped women soldiers. So the women took matters into their own hands. They didn't drink in the late afternoon so they wouldn't have to urinate at night. They didn't get raped. But some died of dehydration in the desert heat, Karpinski said. Karpinski testified that a surgeon for the coalition's joint task force said in a briefing that "women in fear of getting up in the hrs of darkness to go out to the latrines were not drinking liquids after 3 or 4pm, and in 120 degree heat or warmer, b/c there was no air-conditioning at most of the facilities, they were dying from dehydration in their sleep. Sanchez's attitude was: "The women asked to be here, so now let them take what comes with the territory," Karpinski quoted him as saying." Yes Lt Gen Sanchez... and VAGINAS come w/the terrority when it comes to being female. Oh, but I guess that was the entire problem in the 1st place, huh?