Every society has its issues. It’s practically inevitable considering that every society is filled with human beings. And human beings who associate in the same space oftentimes take on the same characteristics, whether good or bad.
America, for example, is currently filled with people who are somehow inexplicably both insanely self-focused and yet exceptionally fixated on group identity at the same time. I’m not sure how we manage it, but it’s a decided negative regardless.
But I’m not blogging to bash America. For once. Let’s focus elsewhere today, specifically on Egypt, which seems to be a lot worse off than the U.S.
Because I’m hardly an expert on Egypt as a whole, I’m going to try to be fair and not say that the entire country is filled with reprehensible people. But its capital city of Cairo definitely seems to be, judging by the latest round of sexual assaults reported during this latest round of protests.
“Humans Rights Watch reports a sharp rise in sexual assaults here since anti-Morsi protesters took to the streets in record numbers last week. Activists report more than 100 sexual assaults in or near Tahrir Square during the past week alone, many of them gang rapes.
“Most of the victims are Egyptian, though some are Western journalists covering the protest.
“The rights group says the latest attacks follow an all too familiar pattern since mass protests began in 2011: A few men force a girl or woman away from the people she’s with; rip off her clothes and assault her. Passersby join in the attacks, which range from groping to gang rapes that can last more than an hour.”
I know I wrote about this tendency back when the so-called Arab Spring first made its way to Egypt. So I might be repeating myself exactly when I mention how difficult it is to take their outcry seriously in light of such a disturbing trend.
But it doesn’t really matter how many times I say it; it still remains true.
When these men are out there protesting, demanding to be taken seriously by their government but refusing to protect the helpless amongst themselves?
Well, let’s just say that they have some bigger issues that they need to deal with before they can be entrusted to run a country on their own.