Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Julian Assange

A reader sent me a link to a Huffington Post article written by Naomi Wolf. It concerns what is going on with Julian Assange and the rape charges. Wold set the tone for her article perfectly in her opening statement.

How do I know that Interpol, Britain and Sweden's treatment of Julian Assange is a form of theater? Because I know what happens in rape accusations against men that don't involve the embarrassing of powerful governments.

She cites her experience dealing with women's issues world wide and makes a strong case for what an insult the handling of this is to the victims of rape world wide.

Keep Assange in prison without bail until he is questioned, by all means, if we are suddenly in a real feminist worldwide epiphany about the seriousness of the issue of sex crime: but Interpol, Britain and Sweden must, if they are not to be guilty of hateful manipulation of a serious women's issue for cynical political purposes, imprison as well -- at once -- the hundreds of thousands of men in Britain, Sweden and around the world world who are accused in far less ambiguous terms of far graver forms of assault.

The charges should be investigated, and if guilty he should be punished. However, it is easy to see why he is being dealt with so harshly when others who have done the same or worse never even got investigated. Politics and the fact he embarrassed the US. I just have to think of Roman Polanski and how he is being dealt with to see the rank hypocrisy in what is happening with Assange.

1 comment: