Monday, July 10, 2006

Rape/Murder Victim in Iraq Was Only 14

Five US soldiers have been charged in a rape and multiple murder case that has outraged Iraqis, as proof emerged the rape victim was a child of 14, and not over 20 as US officials insist. The 14 year-old teenager lived in Mahmoudiya, south of Baghdad. Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, the human rights minister said on Monday.

Although U.S. military has claimed the girl allegedly gang-raped by five U.S. soldiers was an adult over the age of 20, documents show the girl was just 14.

Reuters news agency authenticated the rape/murder victim's age on Sunday by examining her birth certificate and identity card.

By Friday though the military backed away from those claims as Reuters and others began probing the matter. On Friday Army spokesman Paul Boyce said the U.S. military now believes the alleged victim was between the ages of 14 and 20.

In addition to raping and murdering her, the soldiers allegedly killed both her parents and 6 year-old sister, and burned the house to cover their crimes.

However a Multinational Corps Iraq news release, which announced the preferring of charges against five more U.S. soldiers in relation to the matter, and was issued as late as Sunday, described the rape victim as, "a young Iraqi woman."

What is the advantage of the US pre-emptively naming the victim as an adult? It makes it easier to blame the victim. We’ve all heard it before in every rape trial in America. You know she wanted it, what was she wearing, she was leading them on, she said no but meant yes. It’s harder to accuse a child of provocative behavior. When a child is raped and murdered, setting up a defense for the soldiers becomes tougher.

Under the equivalent laws in the US, no American girl of 14 would be named as an adult or "a young American woman." Let’s call this victim what she was, a child. Her dead sister, aged 6 was also a child. American soldiers entered her home and killed two adults and two children. This is a fine way to bring democracy to Iraq, raping and killing children.

22 Comments:

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Anita said...

A rape is a crime, whether it is done to a 14 or a 20 year old person. Now, to rape a 14 year-old girl is definitely a barbaric and monstrous act. One has to be blind enough not to understand the ultimate consequences of a WAR.
Because WAR is never, was never (don't we know history) the answer!

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger charlie said...

War corrupts and allows the already corrupted the opportunity to commit evil deeds. Shame on humanity. Shame on us all.

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

This is a catastrophic event. Rape of a child is considered vile here in the U.S., but in Iraq, it goes off the scale. I read that the Iraqi government is presenting a case to the U.N. to have the right to charge military personnel with crimes committed. That means Rumsfeld can't go back to Iraq again. Oh, Glenda, this is such a black day for humanity! All thanks to the Bushites and their followers.

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Kvatch said...

And the investigation expands. It seems as though 4 more soldiers have been charged. Though I'm having a hard time determining with what.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Yes, i think the campfire just may turn into a conflagration. Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. But even more than the expected reaction is the worry that this kind of colonial exploitation, this evil, will jsut continue to find new victims.

 
At 8:06 PM, Anonymous earl bockenfeld said...

Okay, this is getting serious. The accumulation of atrocities against Iraqi citizens is forcing their government to act:

Iraq will ask the United Nations to end immunity from local law for U.S. troops, the government said on Monday, as the U.S. military named five soldiers charged in a rape-murder case that has outraged Iraqis.

In an interview a week after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki demanded a review of foreign troops' immunity, Human Rights Minister Wigdan Michael said work on it was now under way and a request could be ready by next month to go to the U.N. Security Council, under whose mandate U.S.-led forces operate in Iraq.

"We're very serious about this," she said, adding a lack of enforcement of U.S. military law in the past had encouraged soldiers to commit crimes against Iraqi civilians.

"We formed a committee last week to prepare reports and put it before the cabinet in three weeks. After that, Maliki will present it to the Security Council. We will ask them to lift the immunity," Michael said.

So, this is going to be a challenge for Bush, Condi and Bolton at the UN. They used the Security Council to invade Iraq. Now, Iraq wants to use the UN against us.

How ironic that we're going to be the uniting force between Sunni and Shia - they both hate us so much. I guess that's one way to get them to work together. Isn't that why we got involved here in the first place? We came in, screwed up, made promises we couldn't keep, let them screw each other, then ran without fixing anything. One big scary fucking circle.

If Iraq is having a civil war, then that means they have stood up.

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

War is the mindkiller...for it is nothing more than fear.

 
At 3:54 AM, Blogger glenda said...

I'm not sure that the openness of the civil war doesn't just mean that it is now open warfare. Settling of old grudges and making of new ones. Shiite militiamen pulling civilians out of their homes in broad daylight and shooting then and vice versa. Retaliation and more retaliation.

We will never allow the UN to put our troops in the Iraqi courts to stand trial. We will argue that our militay courts are doing just fine, thank you. The UN has no teeth and cannot make us do anything. We will argue that we do not allow any other country to try our soldiers and that will be that.

 
At 5:29 AM, Blogger WeezieLou said...

my family lived overseas during 4 yrs of my childhood, and we traveled a lot. once, in Turkey, we were caught in an anti-american riot. i was 12 and it was terrifying. now i'm older, and i understand the sentiments, and it is no less terrifying.

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger DivaJood said...

We have reached a point where former allies no longer respect us; where we are considered to be weak and ineffectual. Now the Armed Forces Recruiters are signing up Skin Heads, Mercenaries, and other hate-mongers. We receive news of rapes and murders by US Soldiers in Iraq, and we're surprised?

Retaliation upon retaliation upon retaliation until no one remembers what it's all about, and it just continues forever. That is the legacy of Bush.

 
At 8:21 AM, Blogger glenda said...

You are both right!
I was in an anti-American riot in Mexico City long ago. A crowd of men surrounded our car at night and began screaming and trying to rock it to turn it over. We escaped, luckily, but it was terrifying. Yet this must be so much worse, to live with daily executions, Shiite aginst Sunni, roadside bombs, kidnappings, the daily trauma of violence for all who are there.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger LadyCelticFire said...

Thanks for posting Glenda. We ALL have the responsibility to keep this childs name alive and well. We can't sweep it under the rug as the government would want us todo. We can't say "Oh it only happened once" It NEVER should have happened at all. This is VERY reminiscent of some of the atrocities that came out of Vietnam. This all must stop. How many more innocent lives will the US in OUR names take, before we all stand up and say Enough!!

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger glenda said...

Exactly, LCF! I am in total solidarity with you on this!!!!! She was victimized by this war as thousands of innocents have been. We do not know their names, but we know hers.

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger CrazyComposer (aka Peter Amsel) said...

This is such a hideous crime; I'm at a loss for words. What worries me is that the soldiers will be tried under a general court-martial and not have to face the "laws of the land" in which their crimes were committed.

Better yet, these "soldiers" (a word that once had connotations of honour) should face charges as international war criminals for having committed crimes against humanity.

Of course, that would likely make quite a few other American acts receive more attention than certain Bushwacked individuals would allow (at least until there is no risk of their own indictment for war crimes).

Truth, it didn't used to be so difficult to recognize, did it?

 
At 12:01 AM, Blogger No said...

I hope you don't mind, Glenda, but I'm posting this i.d. card on my blog. Really gives this child an identity, and looking at her picture is heartbreaking.

 
At 2:46 AM, Blogger Grish said...

14 years old...Just horrible...

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Rory Shock said...

a child indeed ... another child's blood on bush's hands ... he is personally responsible for this ...

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Thanks for posting this, Glenda. Many Americans tend to glorify our motives and forget about the real victims of war. This is such a tragic story. Iraq is sounding more and more like Vietnam every day...

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

I see this guy was one of those let in under the Army's "recruitment lite" policy. Gosh, since the Pentagon is having such a tough time getting new recruits why don't we just empty all our prisons and send ALL of our rapists over there? And murderers too! Just think! We wouldn't even have to train them since they're natural born killers and rapists. Just for P.R. purposes, of course. You know, just to build good will with the people...

 
At 3:54 PM, Blogger Callooh said...

I have a 13year old child, I can imagine no justification for immunity.

Another sign of the insanity of this war and what it is doing its people. perhaps this IS humanity at its core, the Id revealed. what happens to people in inhuman conditions. Lord of the Flies, Heart of Darkness ...

"...but there you could look upon a thing monsterous and free. It was unearthly, and the men were - No, they were not inhuman.... that was the worse of it - this suspicion of their not being inhuman....but what thrilled you was just the thought of their humanity - like yours - the thought of your remote kinship with this wild and passionate uproar" - Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

 
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