Power, Rape Accusations, And Regime Change: A Confluence Of Lies

Readers may remember one of the media’s anointed darlings of the Libyan uprising of 2011. For those who need a reminder, in 2011 Muammar Gadhafi’s Libya was convulsed by popular protests generated by the Arab Spring. When Gadhafi stupidly broadcast to the world his intention to crush the revolt by massive force, some Western nations—who had previously favored him—turned on him and used their militaries to have him deposed.

One of the propaganda stories to arise out of the uprising was the drama of Iman Al-Obeidi. On March 26, 2011, she ran into Tripoli’s Rixos Hotel, where foreign journalists were staying. She screamed and wailed that she had been raped by Gadhafi’s security forces, and bared scars and bruises as evidence.

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One thought on “Power, Rape Accusations, And Regime Change: A Confluence Of Lies

  1. I think we as a people have lost the ability to be skeptical. Obviously I have no idea whether Al-Obeidi was raped or not, and I don’t know if you could even prove it one way or another at this point, but it doesn’t surprise me that no one questioned her story.

    There was a time in American history where we were skeptical of the things our government said, but that’s no longer the case. I’m too young to remember how it was in the 90s or 80s, but since the beginning of the 2000s our media has been as gullible as a ten-year old child. Do you remember the furor over the Iraqi “rape rooms”? We were told that Saddam’s sons had dedicated rooms they used specifically for raping women, and that they would prowl the streets every Friday looking for girls to kidnap. I never saw anyone, from either the Democrat or Republican side, question this story. Even the people who were against the war seemed to believe it, they just thought it didn’t justify an invasion. And after the war started the story kind of went away.

    I’d imagine barely anyone even remembers it now.

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