The rape of Humanity
A former American soldier Private First Class Steven Green of the 101st Airborne Division has been charged with the rape and murder of a 15 year old Iraqi girl, the murder of her parents and her 7 year old sister.
Apparently Steven Green and three other soldiers spotted the 15 year old while on routine traffic patrol. They followed her to her home and spent the next week planning/fantasizing sexually assaulting this minor. According to different reports on the matter, the girl’s parents had noticed the soldiers’ interest and later, unwelcome advances, towards their daughter and were troubled enough to talk to a neighbor about hiding her in their house so the soldiers could not find her should they have a mind to come after her later on.
A week after they first noticed her, Green and three of his friend stormed into the house, ordered the girl’s parents and her 7 year old sister into another room at gunpoint and shot them dead.
Then they proceeded to gang-rape her.
Then they shot her dead.
Then they burnt her body to try and cover up their crime.
It sickens and weakens me to write this. I really don’t know how to put my feelings down here. There are so many emotions rushing inside of me. I feel rage at this war crime. She was just a kid. 15 years old. Her 7 year old sister was even younger, brutally shot dead in front of her parents. I try not to think of what she must have been going through, having heard gunshots in the other room, followed by a deadly silence only for that horror to be followed by the interminable ordeal of her being gang-raped by the so-called Liberators of Iraq. What must the parents have been going through when they saw the soldiers burst in.
The injustice of it all is enough to keep you up at night, to drive you crazy if you were to give in to it. The temptation to condemn every American soldier is great. I feel bitter towards a corrupt American government and towards a docile, seemingly unconcerned American public in whose name an entire country is being raped. I feel angered that many Americans still feel they have the moral upper hand in this war - who still feel that “supporting the troops” somehow means supporting the corrupt war their leaders have conned them into entering. I feel angered knowing that there will be many more girls like this innocent 15 year old who we will never know about. I feel heartbroken that the United States, which was capable of so much greatness, and held so much promise, capable of spreading so much good throughout the world is choosing to use its power in this way.
Atrocities occur in the Muslim world everyday, perpetrated by Muslims on other Muslims. So why is it that when it is an American that rapes and murders that we feel so much worse?
For me, its because I feel I’m entitled to expect better. I know how hopeless we in the Muslim world are. I see the breakdown of morality in my country everyday. From where I stand, things in the Muslim world won’t get any better for at least a couple of generations. We’re steeped in a Dark Age right now and I’m not naive to think that Muslim governments would ever act any better than Western ones. If there is any hope that improved education and improved economic conditions led to a greater sense of humanity, then surely that hope lies with the West. But from what we’re seeing, there seems to be no connection between a sense of humanity and freedom from hunger, poverty and illiteracy. The moral fabric of the Muslim world is in shambles but the West, while richer and more educated, is just as worse. What hope is there then for humanity?
This is not just about a 15 year old Iraq girl. This incident is a perfect analogy of America’s relationship with the rest of the world. America could have helped that girl get a decent education, a decent job, a decent life, with a chance to raise her own kids, free from tyranny and fear. That will never happen now, and for millions of Iraqis today that dream will continue to be denied.
By the way, the girl’s name was Abeer.