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I was listening to NPR on my way to work as I usually do, and today I heard a horrific description of rape and murder perpetrated by military men. I don’t know that I’ve ever heard a radio DJ warn listeners that content may not be appropriate for children around, and if I have, it’s been a long time.  I found myself in tears trying to pull it together.

“A woman’s place is in the home. If you want political rallies, we’ll show you political rallies. We’ll show you who’s in command in this country.”

In trying to process this, it seems like my thoughts are pretty disjointed and permeated by strong emotions.

What on earth makes someone think it’s ok to publicly gang rape women in broad daylight?  How does one let go of their humanity enough to force a gun into her vagina and pull the trigger?

These were not just thugs running around causing trouble either.  The military establishment backed this.

I am devastated that these women will not tell anyone what happened to them out of shame.  I am sickened and horrified that medical professionals will not treat them out of fear of retribution.  These women face possible STD’s including AIDS, and it was not their fault.  What they did was attend a rally and stand up for beliefs.

Why are we shocked and devastated when “women’s bodies become battle fields,” but we accept that men must go to war and die in horrible ways?

How would I react?

Do things like this happen more often, but it’s only reported with such vehemence because of the conservative nature of this Muslim country?

I hear news reports of war, and it seems so sterilized sometimes.  15 servicemen gave their lives today, and so on.  This was not about protecting any ideals.  It was about humiliation and repression.

Are there really people who are “just evil” and deserve to be annihilated?