Weeks after President Biden announced that he will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, experts James Miervaldis and Simone Ledeen are calling for an airlift for all non-soldiers that helped in the U.S.-led war effort. They joined “The Sara Carter Show” on Thursday to discuss the urgent situation.
James Miervaldis is a board member of “No One Left Behind,” an organization dedicated to resettling interpreters after they’ve risked their lives informing U.S. troops. Miervaldis is volunteering for the cause because Congress isn’t moving fast enough, he says.
“Congress had appropriated roughly 10,000 visas at the end of last year,” Miervaldis said. But also, “had about 70,000 people in the queue.” Simone Ledeen agrees that these interpreters need the help of organizations like No One Left Behind.
Ledeen is a senior fellow with the Middle East Institute. She is also former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East.
“We’ve got 18 weeks to go,” Ledeen said, referring to the Sept. 11th deadline. “So it’s clear that they are not planning to meet the moral obligations that we have set out for ourselves in order to save these people from what’s coming.”
Many conservative politicians agree that the deadline is too soon.
For her part, host Sara Carter has spent months in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2008. Her work on Afghan women and children addicted to Opium garnered first place in Washington D.C. AP award. She embedded with troops on Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan and spent days with them while being mortared and shot at by Taliban insurgents hiding in the hillsides. She agreed with Ledeen and Miervaldis’s analysis.
Report finds Hamas ‘systematically and intentionally’ committed sexual crimes and ‘sadistic practices’
The Association of Rape Crisis Centers of Israel (ARCCI) released a comprehensive report which explained that sexual crimes were committed “systematically and intentionally” during the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, 2023.
The report found that the Hamas attack on October 7 included violent rape, which usually involved threats and weapons. Additionally, many of those rapes occurred collectively, with collaboration among the perpetrators and sometimes conducted in front of witnesses, such as family members.
Fox News notes the rapists would sometimes engage in what the report called “sadistic practices,” which included binding and tying up the victims, mutilating genital organs – including severed breasts – and using weapons as part of the rape.
“The information and testimonies we provide clarify beyond any doubt what occurred, but significant parts of the story are still ahead of us,” Orit Sulitzeanu, executive director of the ARRCI, wrote in the opening remarks of the “Silent Cry” report. The ARCCI is an umbrella organization of Israel’s regional rape crisis centers.
“Since sexual assault typically involves delayed disclosure, especially during wartime, the picture presented in the report is still preliminary,” Sulitzeanu warned. “In the months and years to come, depending on the choices of the survivors, we may be able to bring a fuller story of the sexual assaults on Oct. 7 and thereafter to the fore.”
Fox News adds that the report cited a New York Times interview with four Nova festival rescue workers who described finding women’s bodies with spread legs, without underwear and with hands bound behind their backs.
These “sadistic practices” aimed to increase the victim’s humiliation, and in many cases the rapists would subsequently kill the victims.
“From the testimonies and information provided, it emerges that the sexual assaults committed in the Oct. 7 attack and thereafter were carried out systematically and deliberately,” the report concluded.
The report stressed the difficulty in obtaining evidence and testimony, noting that the process already proves difficult enough in times of peace and therefore faces even greater stumbling blocks in times of war.
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