Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, buying time before he will eventually have to leave for one reason or another, is busy trying to build up a campaign which suggests he’s being set up and that he’ll be sent to the USA to face trial because of WikiLeaks. So worried is he about this that he’s suggested that his warrant and extradition to Sweden is a smokescreen to get him out of the safety of the embassy and then the USA will literally pursue him and eventually take him there and make him pay. Well, he broke the law so that’s fair enough.
As everyone probably knows, Assange is wanted and is to be extradited to Sweden to face rape allegations. Now he’s holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy all he can really do is make blustering speeches from the balcony of the embassy to his supporters who gather in a vigil there. He’s apparently grateful that they’re doing this because it means that the police won’t enter the embassy and take him by force.
His supporters aren’t just limited to the few who gather outside the embassy, who will diminish shortly, especially if the rain comes back, now more high profile people ( I refrain from using “personality”) like George Galloway are getting involved, and not in a good way. Personally, if I was Assange, support from Galloway is not something I’d be happy with. Yes, Galloway is supporting Assange in his campaign to prevent the USA which is one thing but Galloway has come out in defence of Assange in the rape allegations as well.
If you didn’t like Galloway before you were probably further disgraced by his behaviour today when his comments, recorded in a YouTube rant, appeared in the mainstream today. Galloway’s idea of rape is positively medieval, he clearly has no idea of what rape actually constitutes if he can makes comments such as Julian Assange being guilty of nothing more than “bad sexual etiquette”. Seriously George, even for you that is the lowest of the low.
In his rant he also claims that Assange has been set up and the women’s allegations are unproven. Really George? Been over to Sweden to investigate the allegations have you? No. To support Assange Galloway has shown exactly what he thinks of women, exactly what he thinks of a percentage of his electorate of Bradford West. He has also shown he will say, or do anything that he thinks will shock people.
Seriously, if Assange wants to avoid further injury to his cause he might want to ask Galloway to back off.
Although, Galloway is not the only one trivialising rape this past weekend. Republican Representative Todd Akin let the USA, and then the world, see his utter misunderstanding of what rape is and how it affects women. He was asked if would consider abortion for women who had been raped.
“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said in the interview. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said of a rape victim’s chances of becoming pregnant.
Not only hasn’t a clue what he’s talking about, he’s listened to the word of a doctor – trusted with patient care – which is entirely wrong. Let’s say he was actually told that by a doctor it’s a very worrying scenario. That means there are doctors out there who believe this fallacy and are happily preaching it to anyone who’ll listen.
Or let’s say that he was never told that and has simply plucked this from his small mind. The damage is done. No matter who now politically distances themselves from him, or how much of a ticking off Mitt gives him or whether Obama replies with rape is rape, someone, somewhere will believe Todd Akin’s words and will think that it’s OK to rape a woman, that they won’t get pregnant because their body will defend against the rape.
This blog highlights two men who like to push their views on people regardless of what their views actually suggest. Galloway, MP for Bradford West, representing them in the UK parliament but actively hating the country they live in and advocating other countries who would do us harm, and Akin, whose views are so deeply entrenched within him he can’t think clearly enough to give a sensible answer to a pertinent question. Why did he give the answer he gave? He believed it would give him credibility but in reality is did the reverse and that’s what he and Galloway do not understand.