Dispatches from the Creation Wars

The Lessons of Lara Logan

There are so many thoughts that come to mind about the assault on Lara Logan in Egypt. Her situation is certainly not an isolated one for female journalists, especially those who report from predominately Arabic or Muslim countries. There is no question that Islamic cultures tend to have a serious problem with misogyny and many female journalists have experienced it first hand.

At the same time, you have people like Debbie Schlussel and Pam Geller who want to use this to paint all Muslims as evil and violent and that is absurd. Bear in mind that Logan’s assault was almost certainly done by pro-Mubarak thugs sent in to rough up journalists and protesters and that she was rescued by Egyptian soldiers who were also almost certainly Muslim. Her assault was a calculated political move, not a religious one.

And as for Nir Rosen, who used his Twitter account to post vile things about Logan, one can only hope that his 15 minutes of fame are up forever after this. He tweeted things like this:

“Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger … Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women.”

He mocked Logan, implying that she had made it all up because she had to “outdo Anderson,” referring to Anderson Cooper being assaulted. Finally he said, “‘Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too,”

What an asshole. I’d never even heard of the guy before this. I hope I never hear of him again.