My coworkers are extremely interested in the court shows on TV and watch them on their breaks. I only mention this because on three of their favorites this week, the idea that men need to protect women from violence came up on all three of them.
Out in the real world, that very topic has become a front-page item.
But before our wrong-wingers get all high-and-mighty, American soldiers have been the subjects of numerous accusations of similar verifiable behavior.
Rapes by American soldiers are too common in Iraq, and some result in the murder of the victim and her family members in an attempt to cover up the sex crime. Think Haditha and Mahmoudiya, which has already produced one soldier's guilty plea.
Let's not merely blame a few undicsiplined soldiers for these actions, for they are part of an approved military culture which condones sexual abuse as a means of controlling and breaking detainees. This was evident in the Abu Ghraib scandal, merely the best-known example of official military criminality.
One need not be a foreign woman to suffer sexual abuse at the hands of the US military. American female soldiers are often the object of unwanted attention - and rape - and the Pentagon does nothing but blame the victim.
For all of the allegations that our opponents in Iraq are barbaric, why is it that our own female soldiers captured by them do not report any abuse? According to Men's News Daily:
"US female soldiers have more to fear from their fellow male soldiers, than Al-Qaeda fighters, as rape inside the armed forces is significant according to their own statistics. On the contrary, the US women captured by the Iraqis were treated with full respect; none were raped or maltreated.