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Savior Women Stronger Than Throngs of Men: the Unsung Heroes In the Lara Logan Story

February 22, 2011

Lara Logan, a CBS news reporter on assignment for 60 Minutes to cover the Mubarak insurrection and revolt in Egypt,  was reportedly stripped and beaten with poles and canes in the streets, saved from rape only as Egyptian women threw their bodies over her to protect her with their own:

CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was stripped, whipped with flagpoles, and beaten in TahrirSquare while she reported on Egypt’s political unrest, reports the Times of London.

Logan was attacked by thugs, who reportedly dragged her away from her news team during public celebrations of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation. Logan was reportedly stripped and beaten for a half hour, leaving her covered in welts and wounds. Logan also endured “aggressive pinching,” theTimes reported, citing American sources.

According to the New York Post, Logan escaped being raped when a group of Egyptian women jumped on top of her as a way to protect her.

Who are these women who, in the face of a mob of men, would literally shield a stranger with their own bodies to protect her?  Who are these heroes who would take a beating to protect someone unknown, to save her from an angry mob of savage men?  Why have these women not received commendation?  In a culture that belittles women, allows caning in the streets, it was women who were the saviors.  Yes, soldiers apparently stepped in with guns, but it was women who saved Lara Logan by forming a human shield.

It is often too easy for us to forget that the reason the US would be fighting wars in unpopular places results from scenarios such as this:  mobs of men forming a hate crime crowd to attack by stripping and caning and shouting religious epithets, that a sexual assault could be based upon religious differences.  It’s easy to forget that the women here, while downtrodden, subverted by popular culture, covered by hoods and veils, and in many ways denied the freedom of existence provided to men and all peoples, have the heroic strength to stand up to savages to save a stranger.  It’s easy to forget that story in a story of a political coup, a story of assault, a story of a mob gone wild, but it’s just as important to remember that these women were her saviors.  Thank God for the women.  Thank God for the women.

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