Meet the 'Jackass' Generation

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If
anything proves the enemies of traditional American culture are
ascendant, it’s the photos
of American soldiers
torturing Iraqi captives at Abu Ghraib
prison. We have met the MTV-Feminist generation.

The
story is now well known. Headed by a lady general, the prison was
the scene of unspeakable cruelty. It would be unbelievable, except
that we have the photographs. And more are to come. U.S.
Senators have viewed photos of Americans having sex.

Sadly,
these acts were predictable given American culture. The military
is making war on it. The episode depicts the full flower of American
feminism and everything despicable it represents, including sexual
liberation, as well as the collapse of the average American’s morals.

The
Triumph Of Feminism

Perhaps
the most remarkable and disturbing images were those of Pfc. Lynndie
England, a cigarette dangling from her lips, pointing to a naked
Iraqi POW as he masturbates, smiling in front of a pyramid of naked
Iraqis, and most chillingly, dragging a naked Iraqi around on a
leash.

Feminism
has triumphed. Women can’t join infantry units, but they can torture
and humiliate prisoners of war, who are, despite what we are told,
human beings. We now know how we have trained our young women. Unsurprisingly,
it looks like little Lynndie enjoyed the torture sessions.

The
modrun woman, you see, is all about dissing and/or besting men.
They grapple with men in television’s faux wrestling. In Hollywood
films, soldierettes receive the Medal of Honor while the men cower
in fear. They rescue the man of lower intelligence and perception
from his intellectual and emotional foibles. In bars, women curse
like tattooed bikers. And, of course, they are just as sexually
aggressive. Just visit a college campus.

On
that note, Lynndie England, a news report says, was photographed
during sex with other soldiers. Unsurprisingly, she is pregnant.
The father of her child is Spec. Charles Graner, a soldier also
accused of abusing prisoners. These unhappy facts belies official
promises that “leadership” would correct carnal temptations when
men and women were shoved into the same units, and in the field,
into the same tents. Our “leaders” not only ignored the carnal urges
but also created a new rank for military women: Dominatrix In Fatigues.

The
point? The American military isn’t just waging a war of arms against
Iraq. It’s waging a two-front culture war. One front is in Iraq
and against Islam, which is very unhip on sexual mores and women’s
rights. So while we destroyed the country, we humiliated the prisoners.
We stripped them and made them perform homosexual acts. We taught
those homophobic, chauvinist pigs a lesson. We put women in charge.

The
second front is here against the American people. The military is
remaking society, imposing the new Zeitgeist. Both sexes must carry
a rifle for the Empire! On both fronts, our daughters and sons are
the storm troops.

Only
Following Orders

At
least as disturbing as Pfc. Lynndie’s brutal shenanigans, and the
feminist ideology that led to it, however, are the excuses we hear:
I didn’t know it was wrong. I followed orders.

Here
is Lynndie: “I was told to stand there, point thumbs up, look at
the camera, take the picture."

And
Sgt. Chip Frederick, another of the accused: “We had no support,
no training whatsoever. And I kept asking my chain of command for
certain things … like rules and regulations," Frederick complained
to news reporters. "And it just wasn’t happening.”

Frederick
says he never saw the Geneva Convention until he found it on the
Internet, and Army officials admit they did not train the soldiers
at Abu Ghraib in the Geneva rules of war. Maybe. Even if Frederick
and the Army are telling the truth, civilian Frederick is a corrections
officer, as are Graner and another of the accused. They needed the
Geneva Convention to know this torture was wrong? This is what they
do to prisoners back home? Graner worked at a maximum-security prison
noted for prisoner abuse. Interesting. Whatever that tells us, none
of these men knew these acts were immoral and illegal? That some
“orders” are unlawful? Human decency, apparently, is dead.

Daniel
Sivits, the father of 24-year-old Spc. Jeremy C. Sivits, another
of the accused, summed it up. Jeremy “was just doing what he was
told to do.” Unbelievably, these young Americans will use the Nuremburg
Defense.

Jackass
Americans

These
stories and pictures show us more than humiliated, beaten Iraqis
and grinning, callous Americans. They depict a disturbed, defiled
culture.

In
Abu Ghraib prison, we reaped what we sowed. For years, we’ve preached
egalitarian nonsense to our daughters. We sexualize them before
puberty. We gorge them on rap and hip-hop. They get pierced like
tribal Africans. We tell them to behave like boys, yet to resent
and despise the male sex. Then Lynndie England shows up, and we
profess utter shock. Or maybe we don’t.

The
men? They are “Jackass” Americans: hyperviolent and hypersexual.
And stupid. We teach them that women, to quote a sociologist, are
little men and that men are big women. We teach them that anything
goes, even homosexual abuse. Nothing is right or wrong. Products
of late-20th-century schools, they can’t think for themselves.

Then
again, neither can most Americans. That’s how we got to Iraq.

May
14, 2004

R.
Cort Kirkwood [send him mail]
is an occasional columnist for LewRockwell.com. His
book, Real
Men: Ten Courageous Americans To Know And Admire
,
is to be published next spring.

R.
Cort Kirkwood Archives

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