Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Where is the humanity? This story makes me sick to my stomach. And, big surprise, the military wanted to cover it all up.
Last week, Col. Janis Karpinski told a panel of judges at the Commission of Inquiry for Crimes against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration in New York 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.Karpinski, who was in charge at Abu Ghraib, said that the former senior US military commander in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, was the one who gave orders to cover up the cause of death of these soldiers. Sanchez, you might recall is a piece of work.
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 September 2004 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.
Sanchez is no stranger to outrageous military orders. He was heavily involved in the torture scandal that surfaced at Abu Ghraib. Sanchez approved the use of unmuzzled dogs and the insertion of prisoners head-first into sleeping bags after which they are tied with an electrical cord and their are mouths covered.These women in uniform were willing to die for their country -- and what it should stand for. How humiliating and horrible it must have been to know that your fellow soldiers saw you as nothing more than a vessel for their violent, depraved needs? The enemy was within the barracks, and they felt they had nowhere to turn.
Will Rumsfeld be commenting on this? Right now, the Pentagon knows the problem is severe, but have you seen anything in the MSM?
Hat tip, Shakes Sis.