I just read an article about rape and violence by the military in Japan during the occupation after WWII. http://japanfocus.org/-Terese-Svoboda/3148 It’s very very disturbing. And it’s also very important to consider given that the US is occupying Afghanistan and Iraq at the moment.
“Official figures about rape and executions for rape should be made available to scholars. The U.S. is embroiled in two wars in which issues of justice are hotly contested. American citizens need to know the real costs of that earlier “peaceful” occupation that is so often presented as a model for the future of Iraq and Afghanistan.”
These occupations are supposed to be peaceful and beneficial for the occupied country, but stories that make it out of the areas would lead me to believe otherwise. One terribly hypocritical element of military occupations is that the US constantly go on about how ‘the women’ in places like Iraq and Afghanistan (and Japan in the 1940s – 50s) are oppressed, and that is one of the motivating factors of the occupation, and yet, women in the occupied countries are being raped by US military forces. I mean, for god’s sake….like the US is the torchbearer for respecting women.
Not only do innocent civilians get killed and/or raped, apparently it happens within the military itself as well. ‘Foreign Correspondent’ the other night reported on sexaul assault and rape by men in the US military. Apparently 1 in 3 women who serve in the military experience some sort of sexual assault. This is not unique to the US, and I know that it happens in the Japanese self-defense forces as well, and probably elsewhere in the world. When victims speak out they are silenced by their superiors because it will ‘reflect badly’ on the regiment they belong to. Basically sexual assault victims in the military have nowhere to go.
Why do military men continually rape women – women in their own organisation and women in the countries they are occupying – even when they are supposed to be engaging in a ‘peaceful’ operations? I don’t know the answer, but surely it has something to do with the violent mindset that goes hand-in-hand with any military operation, regardless of how ‘peaceful’ it is meant to be.