@Pops, I don't see a difference between men and women working
alongside each other in the military services versus any other job. The same
gender dynamics are at work in either situation, and the same personalities with
proclivities towards harassment, assault, and rape can be found in virtually
every work environment. I can't buy the argument that we should bar women
from service simply because of the potential that they might be victimized,
because that is true of any job where both genders work together.Will bad things happen? Sure. As you point out, it's human nature. But
I don't think that it's about trying to change human behavior, but
about offering opportunities for women to serve their country in uniform
(disclosure, I work as a DOD civilian with many active duty female soldiers, and
they do a fantastic job). The difference between DOD and the civilian workplace
is that most civilian business enforce a zero tolerance policy that both deters
and punishes infractions. DOD has failed to enforce its own policies, which
means that violators not only manage to stay in the service, but become
emboldened to continue their abusive behavior.
What has surprised me in this story of military rape, is that "men" are
also being subjected to rape. That opens one of the biggest questions. Namely,
gays in the military? I know women are vulnerable to the aggressive
heterosexual male. Are men now vulnerable to the aggressive homosexual male?
Is that what is going on? I have been a supporter of women in the military,
even on ships at sea, but clearly "Washington D.C., we have a problem."
Let's not run away from it for the sake of political correctness.
@UR - I believe procuradorfiscal has a good point, but I don't see that he
articulated the root cause of the problem. If I may - there were plenty of folks
who predicted exactly this kind of thing would result from throwing men and
women together in military units. Clearly they ought not to behave this way, but
it apparently and unfortunately is part of the human condition as evidenced by
the predicted and predictable results. We cannot change human nature with good
intentions. We must do what is right and sensible, not what makes one feel
enlightened.This kind of thing is symptomatic of the liberal
mindset, to presume that human nature will change because they have willed it to
change. That is a false presumption. Human beings are nothing if not
corruptible. That is why the Founding Fathers were adamantly against Big
Government, and why we too should oppose it. Until we all recognize that fact we
will continue to experience these kinds of failures.
Procurafiscal, your post is patently false. The military gives full
support to religious worship led by chaplains. Proselytizing has been banned
because of chronic problems with abuse by superiors forcing their religion on
those below them. That doesn't negate encouragement to be religiously
involved and to seek spiritual counsel from chaplains.Ethics
training is consistently pushed, especially as it regards the need to protect
innocent non-combatants.Training emphasizes positive treatment of
women and absolute prohibitions against rape/abuse of women. The
problem is not the lack of training or the intrusion of so-called "liberal
politics", the problem is lack of willpower to consistently enforce the zero
tolerance standards that are already in place. The "Good Ole Boys Club"
still retains too much power, and commanders don't want to bother with the
headaches of taking sexual harassment as seriously as they need to.
It's sad that anyone listens to liberals who first CAUSE the problems
confronting the military today, then complain bitterly that they exist,
suggesting military leaders are incompetent because they haven't completely
countered pernicious liberal influences in the services.Compared to
any similar non-military cohort, America's Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and
Marines are still leas likely than any of the others to commit crime, in
general, or sex crime, in particular.That said, ANY level of
disgusting, unity-sapping, mission-distracting military criminal behavior
disgraces anyone perpetrating, permitting, or encouraging it.So, how
best to address the issue?Chaplain services, or in-service
evangelization is out. Liberals promise prosecution of anyone sharing religion
and values with a comrade-in-arms.Ethics/morals/self-control
training is out. It offends LGBT activists.Reminding males of
traditional moral responsibilities to protect and refrain from abusing women is
out. It offends feminists.Even military discipline is severely
degraded, due to political tampering with the Uniform Code.Liberal
politics created the problem. The solution is less, NOT more politics.