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Viagra-induced rape: ICC ups the ante on propaganda as desperate NATO struggles to crush Libyan resistance

8 June 2011 30,974 views 31 Comments

By Martin Iqbal.

Several news outlets including the BBC, right wing Israeli paper Ynet News, and Yahoo News, are running the latest instalment in the desperate propaganda effort to bolster NATO’s flagging war on Libya.

The chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Luis Moreno Ocampo, has said at a news conference today that his office is investigating the possibility that Gaddafi ordered rape to be used as a weapon to ‘control’ the population. Without providing a single shred of evidence Ocampo expounds what is basically a litany of baseless hearsay and rumour, including the cartoonish charge that Gaddafi supplied Viagra to his men to ‘enhance the possibility’ of rape.

It makes you wonder doesn’t it – the only way that ‘increasing the probability of rape’ would really work is if Gaddafi’s men took the Viagra before going out in the field. The idea that scores of conscripts were running around with hard-ons is at once hilarious, surreal, and blatantly imagined. Wouldn’t that make their job quite, shall I say, hard?

Ynet News:

some witnesses confirmed that the government was buying containers of Viagra-type drugs “to enhance the possibility to rape.”

The BBC’s report is similarly light on facts and heavy on sensationalist bullshit:

The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor says there is evidence that Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi ordered the rape of hundreds of women as a weapon against rebel forces…

He said he was also looking at possible evidence that pro-Gaddafi security forces had been given medication such as Viagra to enhance their sex drive…

On Wednesday, Mr Moreno-Ocampo said that if the arrest warrants were issued, he might add the charge of rape to the case

Apparently, he decided to punish, using rape”…He said it was difficult to know how widespread the use of rape was.

According to the Associated Press:

“We are trying to see who was involved,” Moreno Ocampo said. “We need to prove the connection with some people.

‘Might’ add the charge of rape to the case? ‘It was difficult to know how widespread the use of rape was’? ‘We need to prove the connection with some people‘? Does this sound like a man sitting on a sound legal basis for an indictment to you? Or does it sound like yet more baseless, sensationalist bullshit meant to demonise the Libyan resistance and legitimise NATO’s blundering, illegal act of aggression? Tried and tested, this is the oldest trick in the book.

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