Anti-Americanism has given birth to some of the most obnoxious ideologies, like genocidal relativism, dictatorial apologism and international conspiracyism. Its latest product is the re-definition of a serious criminal offence: rape.
Hatred of America is so strong and the urge to destroy its reputation and integrity so intense that Assange’s supporters are prepared to give him impunity for his alleged crimes.
If Assange had exposed the corruption inside the Palestinian Authority, Pakistan’s collaboration with Al Qaeda or Iran’s attempt to mislead the international community over its nuclear programme, would the same people have jumped to his defence?
Don’t hold your breath!
But the result of their blind embrace of anti-Americanism is that celebrities like Michael Moore and Jemima Khan offer to pay for Assange’s bail; former Ambassador Craig Murray violates the most basic code of moral conduct by naming and shaming one of the alleged victims live on television; and a Republican Congressman and British Member of Parliament re-define the concept of rape. Todd Akin is so misguided that he resorts to an obvious oxymoron: legitimate rape. And George Galloway declares that one does not “have to ask for consent for every insertion”.
But having had sex before does not give a man the right to have sex again without the explicit consent of the woman. Men have been prosecuted for raping their own wives and it can be just as devastating to be raped whilst asleep by someone you know as by a complete stranger in a park.
Rape is rape – a brutal, destructive, abhorrent and immoral act against anyone it is forced upon. No ifs, no buts.
Assange must face court and answer sex crime allegations in Sweden. He cannot hide behind the pretence of political persecution forever. It is about the right of the women involved to have their allegations dealt with within a legal framework. Selfishly publishing classified material of America’s secrets does not put him above the law. This is not about Wikileaks stupid!