More and more reports are coming in about systematic rape being committed by Gaddafi forces, especially from Misrata. This is a deliberate strategy that we have seen in countries before. Libyan society is quite conservative and most families would view this as shameful and will not speak out about it. Women who have been raped are viewed as "spoiled" and will have difficulty ever getting married or living a normal life.
This systematic rape is done to those families that the Gaddafi's regime views as sympathetic towards the rebels. These acts are done to silence and bring shame to those families. This Rwandan style of intimidation is politics of the worst kind and the perpetrators need to be tried for war crimes. If there is any doubt that these actions are ordered directly from the regime we only need to look at who the perpetrators are. Captured pro government soldiers have reported (Andrew Harding B.B.C. May 23) that the soldiers organising these rapes were Libyan Special Forces who take their orders from the top.
Many of the rebels have offered to marry the raped women to save them from public shame. Maybe its time to take out the Libyan chief commander, Muammar Gaddafi and scatter the forces so the rebels can take over. In other words, "It's time to take out the garbage!"