Much has been said about peaceful demonstration and the Egyptian people just wanting to be free. Perhaps we need to re-examine how peaceful the revolt really was. The Cairo Museum was broken in to and artifacts from antiquity were damaged or stolen. There were hundreds of deaths. Supposedly nice people were hurling stones. Anderson Cooper and Fox News crew Greg Palkot and Olaf Wiig were beaten up pretty badly. And on Friday, as it was all supposedly coming to an end, the Huffington Post reported:
On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.
There will be no further comment from CBS News and Correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.
That is not peaceful demonstration. It is an outrage that any member of the press should be subjected to such a brutal crime. Not all can be blamed on pro Mubarak thugs. In light of this behavior, the United States needs to re-evaluate the foreign aid it has shelled out in the past. I would sure put my check book away. Beating up and sexually assaulting American journalists is totally unacceptable.