Last Friday night the reveling in Tahir Square took a savage turn when CBS Foreign correspondent Lara Logan was separated from her crew and security by a mob of 200 celebrating their new found freedom.
The howling mob was reported to have been yelling Jew! Jew! As they dragged Ms. Logan away and proceeded to beat and sexually assault her. Unfortunately for Lara Logan her ordeal was not short lived and ended only when a mob of women beat the assailants off rescued her, and brought her to an Egyptian hospital.
Thankfully Lara Logan arrived in the US on Monday and is presently recovering at home with her husband and children. President Obama whom she met in Afghanistan in 2008 when she interviewed him as the democratic Presidential nominee, called her yesterday, I assume to offer whatever comfort he could. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would not reveal the nature of their conversation but did offer this statement. “Violence against journalists is unacceptable and that the perpetrators of violence need to be held accountable.
”The odds of bringing the perpetrators to justice are slim to none according to Ms. Logan’s colleagues. Identifying her assailants will be nearly impossible due to the sheer number of people present at the time of the attack.
Ms. Logan's ordeal has brought to light disturbing facts about the life of women in Egypt. Apparently groping and sexual assaults are happening all the time on the streets of Cairo. There are so many of these attacks that the US Travel Advisories states. "Unescorted women are vulnerable to sexual harassment and verbal abuse. The Embassy has received increasing reports over the last several months of foreigners being sexually groped in taxis and in public places. Travelers are cautioned to be aware of their surroundings and to be cautious going anywhere with a stranger alone". Did CBS lawyers bother to tell Lara Logan these facts before she went to Egypt?Continued on the next page