- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 4, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your series of reports exposing of the savagery of the rape crisis in Congo shows that the magnificent days of American journalism are not over (“U.N. focuses on Congo rape crisis,” Page 1, Wednesday). The articles and photographs rank with any of the great works of newspapers of the past. I could not help but compare them in my mind to the similarly courageous work of Jacob Riis at the turn of the last century.

The facts revealed in the series are beyond human comprehension. How can any creatures - I won’t call them men, because they certainly are not men as we understand that term - embrace such a degraded barbarism that they organize the rape and sexual mutilation of those in their midst who carry life itself?

It is time for the decent men of Africa to rise up and do what nature has always demanded of men: Defend the women and girls, to the death if necessary. If they will not do that, there is no hope for them.

DAVID BURNS

Springfield

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