Republican uses rape analogy to criticise
13 September 2012, 12:05
Washington - A Republican senator used a startling
analogy on Wednesday to criticise a US statement that preceded attacks
on the American embassy in Cairo, equating it with blaming a woman for
Senator Jon Kyl suggested that an initial
statement by the Cairo embassy, apparently intended to tamp down
tensions over a video mocking the Prophet Mohammed, amounted to an
apology to the demonstrators who later stormed the compound, ripping up
the American flag and replacing it with a black banner.
like the judge telling the woman who got raped, 'You asked for it
because of the way you dressed,'" Kyl said, according to Roll Call
"That's the same thing. 'Well, America, you should be
the ones to apologise, you should have known this would happen, you
should have done - what, I don't know - but it's your fault that it
Protesters stormed the embassy and burned the
American flag on Tuesday, while an attack on the US mission in the
Libyan city of Benghazi left the US ambassador and three other Americans
The US embassy in Cairo
issued a statement condemning "the continuing efforts by misguided
individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims, as we condemn
efforts to offend believers of all religions".
was similar to that of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who
blasted the Obama administration for the embassy statement.
disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to
condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathise with those
who waged the attacks," Romney said late on Tuesday, ignoring the fact
that the embassy's release came hours before protesters stormed the
Few US lawmakers openly defended the comments by
Romney, who faced withering criticism for launching what appeared to be a
political attack against President Barack Obama in the midst of an
unfolding national security crisis.
The comments by Kyl, who is
not running for re-election, came just three weeks after Republican
Senate candidate Todd Akin unleashed a firestorm by declaring that a
woman's body can prevent conception in cases of "legitimate rape".