Monday, February 07, 2005

Storm in a D-cup 

Another scandal hits the troops in Iraq:
"Female soldiers stripped to their skivvies for a mud-wrestling bout, and sergeants allegedly were lending their rooms to G.I.s for sex last year at the Army's Camp Bucca prison in Iraq.

"Photos of a wild Oct. 30 party at the camp show women soldiers baring their breasts to male onlookers, and other female G.I.s clad only in bras and panties wrestling and cavorting in a mud-filled plastic pool as men cheer, leer and snap pictures."
To the quoted experts, the incident represents "a serious breakdown of military discipline"; for Michelle Malkin, it "confirm[s] the worst fears of military watchdogs who have long warned about the disaster wrought by social engineering experiments on our troops" (that is allowing women into armed forces); but the top brass, paralyzed with fear after the Abu Ghraib fiasco, seems to be most concerned to reassure the public that Iraqi prisoners held at Camp Bucca were not within the ear or eyeshot of the revelries, lest presumably they get psychologically scarred for life by the sight of females engaged in mud-wrestling.

Should we throw the offending soldiers out with the mud-water? One of the female participants has already been demoted from a specialist to a private for exposing her's. As she's the only one disciplined so far, this will provide further ammunition for the feminists who argue that when the proverbial hits the fan it's the male participants who always seem to get off lightly (no pun intended) while women get punished.

Groups of young men, particularly those removed from their normal environment and put in stressful, dangerous conditions will invariably play up and however much we would want to eliminate any sort of unsavory behavior, the best we can perhaps hope for is to minimize it. War and sex have been constant companions since the time immemorial, from army-generated prostitution booms to mass rape of civilians. The Camp Bucca incident, however offensive it may be to our modern sensibilities, should also remind us just how much the things have actually improved in that regard, even over the last few decades, much less over the past few centuries.

In related news,
British Navy has rescinded their recent ban on the skin on the ships; British sailors will be again able to hang "in the privacy of their own quarters" their favorite pin-ups. The rule, of course, also applies to female sailors and their choice of centerfolds.


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