Alright, let's back it up here.
That does not back up the claim I was responding to, which read as follows:
You'd be hard-pressed to find any warzone that isn't visited by the spectre of rape-as-a-weapon.
I have provided a telling counter-example, namely the conduct of Iranian forces during the Sacred Defence.
Rape was committed by soldiers of various countries in the list of conflicts you cited, however, the assumption that this has been the case in every single war to date, or that there have not been any qualititive and quantitative differences in this regard, remains erroneous.
Now, here's what i need from you:
When it comes to war crimes in general, compare for instance, the findings in this book:
Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
, Penguin, 1998
with the behaviour of Iranian forces during the Sacred Defence as per any authoritative study relative to the Iran-Iraq war, and you will discover that armies can indeed behave in different manners.
Regarding the USA regime's wars of aggression, it is well documented that sexual assault against women inside the US military itself is extremely widespread, more so than in other armies. I challenge you to find any studies reflecting a similar scope and culture of sexual violence in the present day armed forces of Sweden, Germany, Austria, or Belgium, to name just a few.
Culture of Unpunished Sexual Assault in Militaryhttp://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=46674
Rape Rampant in US Military http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/investigations/iraqafghanistan/1444/rape_rampant_in_us_military/
1/3rd of Women in US Military Rapedhttp://newsjunkiepost.com/2010/01/26/13rd-of-women-in-us-military-raped/
Now, cases internal to the US military have a slight chance of being publicized, because the victims happen to be American citizens... even so, it is estimated that nearly 80% of cases go unreported. Considering this statistical propensity of soldiers in the USA armed forces towards sexual violence, it is easy to infer, based on elementary logic, how important the numbers of Iraqi and Afghan women raped by the occupation forces must be, considering that these women totally lack the opportunities, support and institutional infrastructures required to publicize their ordeals.
This is corroborated by reports and bits of news such as these:
The account of an Iraqi female prisoner - she alone witnessed no less than five other Iraqi women being raped by US forces, also gives us an idea of the frequency of these war crimes, just as the testimony of this investigative journalist and social worker in Jordan, who reports that most women detained in Abu Ghraib prison were raped (that is, more than 50%):
Yet nothing comes closer to Titus Andronicus than the insistent, terrible stories of gang rape by United States personnel in Abu Ghraib. You hear this repeatedly in Amman, and a very accurate source of mine in Washington – a man who deals with military personnel – tells me they are true. This, he says, is why Barack Obama changed his mind about releasing the photographs which George W Bush refused to make public. The pictures we saw – of the humiliation of men – were outrageous enough. But the ones we haven't seen show Americans raping Iraqi women.
Lima Nabil, a journalist who now runs a home for on-the-run girls, sips coffee as the boiling Jordanian sun frowns through the window at us. "In Abu Ghraib," she says, "women were tortured by the Americans much more than the men. One woman said she witnessed five girls being raped. Most of the women in the prison were raped – some of them left prison pregnant. Families killed some of these women – because of the shame."
When examining the US military's use of sexual violence against civilian populations in other contexts, we can see a clear pattern emerge.
Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
, South End Press, 2005
The 'rape' of Okinawahttp://www.atimes.com/atimes/Japan/JC05Dh01.html
A Message from the Women of Okinawa To All US GIs in Okinawahttp://www.counterpunch.org/cpnews02212008.html
There have been so many documented instances of rape by US troops against Japanese citizens in Okinawa, that I did not bother to find a precise count, but it is obvious that these have been much more frequent than the "norm". For example, the soldiers of the French military base at Baden-Baden, Germany, to my knowledge didn't rape a single local woman in several decades, nor did Russian troops at Kant air base in Kyrgyzstan, etc - I challenge anyone to prove that if they did, it occurred at a frequency comparable to the documented habits of US gun-touters in Okinawa.
And here, we are not even talking about a conflict situation, mind you! This incidentally invalidates the argument that the widespread practice of sexual assault by US forces is simply a consequence of war.
On the percentage of criminals and felons allowed into the US armed forces, see:
One in Eight Army Recruits Require Moral Waiverhttp://usmilitary.about.com/b/2008/04/07/one-in-eight-army-recruits-require-moral-waiver.htm
Note that the tendency of US armed forces to recruit criminals has increased since 2008:
The US army doubled its use of "moral waivers" for enlisted soldiers last year to cope with the stress of the Iraq war, allowing convicted sex offenders, people convicted of making terrorist threats and child abusers into the military, according to new records released today.
A good counter-example to this, again, is Islamic Iran, where offenders are not handed "moral waivers" so they can join the army.
Moreover, I don't need to remind anyone here how US society performs in terms of crime rates, compared to any other developed nation, or to a great number of developing nations, do I? This inevitably reflects itself in its armed forces.
About the overall correlation between US society and sexual forms of violence, we can consult:
Thomas Walter Herbert, Sexual Violence and American Manhood
, Harvard University Press, 2002