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Spoils of War

August 20, 2012

What does that mean to you? How many times have you heard that term? Think about it. What three words ALWAYS proceed that statement?

RAPE AND PILLAGE

That was the reward for winning the battle. Take whatever you want of the enemy’s and rape as many women as you want. Make them slaves, kill them, it didn’t matter. They were just women anyway.

Some of the greatest military leaders of all times adhered to this. To reward the soldiers for doing a good job. Napoleon, Ceasar, Alexander the Great, Ghengis Kahn, the list goes on and on and on.

What about the Vikings? Do you know what Viking means? To go a-viking means simply to go and rape and pillage, and decimate the opponent.

Oh, let us not forget about our own history here. The Civil War. Didn’t matter which side you were on, but if you were lucky enough to march up to a nice plantation, or a farm house of nothing but women, chances of at least one of those women being raped was pretty high.

World War II, Korea, Vietnam. Yes, our soldiers did a lot of raping in those wars. Lots of raping. And it wasn’t always raping the enemy. They were raping the male soldiers back then, and what about the female staff of nurses?

Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom. These last two wars changed everything. Now our soldiers stop raping the enemy, and started raping ONLY their fellow soldiers. Men and women being raped by the people supposed to cover them in the fox hole, or to be their backup, raping them.

During The Invisible War, there was a statistic that made me almost vomit on the spot. They say a sexual predator in the military will go on to assault/abuse 300+ soldiers.

300+ soldiers. And there is no sex offender registry for them, unless they are actually convicted AND spend more than a year in prison. And that is rare. It is about 1% of all REPORTED military rape cases that actually result in a conviction with jail time, and only a FEW of them are for over a year.

After the film was over, a gentleman in the audience said none of this went on while he was serving. Joan’s husband was beside me and said, “Oh yes it did, you just didn’t notice.”

Last week was the anniversary of the first female Marine. Pvt. Opha Mae Johnson became the first woman to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserve Aug. 13, 1918. But rape in the military started even before then. The Revolutionary War, women like Florence Nightingale and others who tended to the wounds of the soldiers, many were raped by the soldiers.

All of these examples caused my boyfriend to say, “That’s why women just don’t belong in the military!” I don’t know why I allowed him to keep his manhood after that, or why I didn’t lay him out flat. But we should feel sorry for dumb animals and men. That is NOT why women should serve. Women have EVERY right to serve. We also have the RIGHT to NOT be assaulted/raped/harassed/abused.

But how are we going to stop it, when the whole basis of the military since time began was rape and pillage?????

Pray for change

Brigid

Thank You, NOW!

October 29, 2010

I don’t know if you have been following the campaigns – but I have been getting really sick and tired of all of the crap some of the female candidates have been taking.

Apparently, there was a big tabloid news article about some guy confessing to having had a “one night stand” with Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell.  Wow!  Isn’t that breaking news.  Aren’t these some of the same people that defended Bill Clinton for getting a blow job?  (Joy Behar – who likes to call women candidates she doesn’t agree with  “sluts”)

NOW, the National Organization for Women, is not a group that I would say that I agree with on a regular basis.  I am conservative in my principals and beliefs.  But I have to stand up and applaud and cheer for their President, Terry O’Neill!  To paraphrase, she stood up publicly and said that even though NOW does not endorse Ms. O’Donnell and does not agree with her politics, they also don’t agree with people calling her a whore.  Ms. O’Neill called it “Public Sexual Harrassment.”

When are we just going to learn to take time to respect one another and one another’s feelings.  You know, if there was a little more respect I bet we would see a little less hatred in this world.

“Beloved – let us love one another.”  (to quote the Bible) and it doesn’t go on to say – “but only those we agree with.”

Thank you, Ms. O’Neill.  I appreciate your courage in this matter.