Thursday, February 17, 2011

Did Lara Logan Have It Coming?

You've probably heard by now that CBS reporter Lara Logan was raped and beaten for a half hour during the Egyptian victory celebration during the resignation of President Mubarak. Well maybe "beaten" is too strong a word. She's already been released from the hospital, so the beating couldn't have been too bad. And no details have been reported yet of the sexual assault. Was she actually raped or just groped a little and shoved around a bit? We just don’t know yet. Still, a little compassion is certainly in order. But how much?

Conservative commentator, Debbie Schlussel, wrote an article for her blog this week following Logan's incident titled: "Islam Fan Lara Logan Gets a Taste of Islam" in which she basically says that Logan had the sexual assault coming. She was of course quickly criticized for forging an attack of words against someone who had just been hospitalized after what may be a serious assault while showing no compassion to speak of.

I have to say, I've got mixed emotions about the whole ordeal myself. Logan has certainly ballyhooed the cause of Islam, and then got attacked by the very people whose victory she had just helped celebrate on TV. If the assault was brutal, then I certainly feel bad about that. But it's also hard not to ask, "What do you think of Islam now Ms. Logan?"