Teacher Sex and President Sentences Terror Suspects to Rape?

WARNING: THERE IS A BAD ARABIC TRANSLATION OF THIS POSTING IN EXISTENCE SOMEWHERE. I  DID  NOT REQUEST IT, I DID NOT AUTHORIZE IT, AND I DID NOT APPROVE IT. I AM ONLY RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT I WRITE IN ENGLISH, IN FRENCH AND, RARELY, IN SPANISH.

There are days, rare days, when I feel completely French, after more than forty years. One such occasion is whenever anyone criticizes foie gras, its consumption, its presentation, or its production. (Go ahead, Googgle it; it’s all true.)

The other times my French culture of origin soars up within me is when I hear from the media that yet another Florida school teacher is accused of having her way with one of her young male students. It seems to happen mostly in Florida, somehow. Don’t ask me why. It must be the enervating climate. Anyway, there was a such an announcement in the news yesterday.

I am sorry, I can’t quite get my indignation up. In fact, the news brightened my day to an extent. “Double standard,” you say. Sure thing! It’s mostly Mother Nature’s decision. Facts matter: First, boys can’t be raped by women. You can’t repeat it often enough. Second, boys don’t get pregnant. Sorry to give you the obvious but the politically correct media seem to have forgotten it. Third, there is a part of me that is in synch with thousands of years of popular sentiment: I suspect that sex is emotionally more important to females than to males.

The way I see it, the 15-year old victim is probably a horny little beast. (I have a good memory.) Besides, when he is with teacher, he is almost certainly involved in less vapid conversation than anytime he is hanging out with his friends. The fact that his mother knew all about it rejoices me. She says teacher was a “good influence” on the boy. Besides, Mom was in a good position to keep an eye on them to make sure she did not abused her little darling. I think the only abuse the boy suffered was that he could not brag about his deeds to his buddies. That must have hurt but it taught him self-control and abnegation.

Some really dumb, or really hypocritical middle-aged woman asked on television, “What can a woman in her thirties possibly find in a young boy?” So, in case some of you are wondering too ladies, let me give it to you: 1) Inexhaustible energy; 2) Full mental concentration undisturbed by issues of work, mortgage, or car payments; 3) The joys of teaching something useful and pleasant to a very attentive student, for once.

Don’t underestimate the first factor. One of the best guarded secrets is how much women vary in their sexual appetites. Some would rather be knitting on most days. For others a lot of daily nookie is almost a matter of survival.

Speaking of survival. The Pentagon announced recently that 14% of the Guantanamo detainees released went back to violent Jihad. Win some, lose some!

A friend of mine who was raised a Muslim has a different take on closing Guantanamo. He says the detainees in Cuba were getting three square meals a day, each conforming to Muslim dietary laws, prayer meetings led by an imam, superior medical care and, for many of them, soccer. They lived in a hot but sunny climate. (Sun exposure wards off depression to an extent.)

Their very presence in the strange and isolated place that is Guantanamo base made them visible to the whole world, including to lazy journalists.

Transfer them to maximum security prisons in the continental US and their lives will worsen drastically. First, I doubt anyone will be stupid enough to put them all in the same prison. So, they will lose the solace a like-minded group offers. In small numbers administered by callous wardens, their ability to obtain proper Islamic meals will decline drastically. Regular prison health care is notoriously bad. Far from the eyes, far from the mind! (That’s Frenglish.) It’s doubtful anyone in charge will create problems for himself by supplying special health care to detainees not available to common criminals. (Think of the perception of inequity this would cause.) The detainees sports activities will be limited to whatever the local regimen allows. There is worse.

American prisons are dangerous places. You get killed there and you get raped. Convicts have a strange sense of honor served by habits of violence. We already know that child molesters not isolated from the general population are usually murdered in prison. Convicts make it a matter of pride. Many convicts are patriotic, probably more so that are Americans in general, undoubtedly more so than the left-wing of the Democratic Party. Certainly no one can expect racial or religious tolerance from the Aryan Brotherhood whose members sport swastika tattoos. In federal prisons, Guantanamo detainees will become practice targets for shanking. There is worse.

In American high security prisons, if you are young, or in any way exotic, or if you are merely new and unprotected, you get raped, often repeatedly. Does anyone wish to make the bet that vicious American convicts will make an exception for foreign-looking, non-English speaking suspected terrorists?

The Red Cross and the press will not know that this is happening. They will have little access. Prisons authorities are not especially responsive to outside pressure except when confronted by a court order. But a court order usually means that the damage has already been done.

If President Obama is mindless enough, or cynical enough, to transfer any Guantanamo detainees to prisons on US territory, there will finally be grounds for the world to claim that the our country is violating its own Bill of Rights by inflicting cruel and unusual punishment.


About jacquesdelacroix

I am a sociologist, a short-story writer, and a blogger (Facts Matter and Notes On Liberty) in Santa Cruz, California.
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