Just in case you thought the only thing our military was protecting in Afghanistan was the opium trade…
Did you know that it is official policy that our soldiers are told to look the other way when young boys are being sexually abused by Afghanistan commanders if they are “allied forces” with the U.S. against the Taliban over there?
Via The New York Times:
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.
The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled that instead of weeding out pedophiles, the American military was arming them in some cases and placing them as the commanders of villages — and doing little when they began abusing children.
No wonder these people come back from war in the Middle East with PTSD — our government is forcing our soldiers to stand idly by and listen to young boys get raped and tortured by people they are being forced to ally with, supposedly against the “bad guys”.
How our military can even tell who the “bad guys” are anymore is beyond all rational thought.
The Army relieved former Special Forces Captain Dan Quinn after he beat up an American-backed militia member named Abdul Rahman who had reportedly kidnapped and chained a young boy up to his bed as a sex slave.
“I picked him up and threw him onto the ground,” Mr. Quinn said. Sergeant Martland joined in, he said. “I did this to make sure the message was understood that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated,” Mr. Quinn recalled.
There is disagreement over the extent of the commander’s injuries. Mr. Quinn said they were not serious, which was corroborated by an Afghan official who saw the commander afterward…
Sergeant Martland, who received a Bronze Star for valor for his actions during a Taliban ambush, wrote in a letter to the Army this year that he and Mr. Quinn “felt that morally we could no longer stand by and allow our A.L.P. to commit atrocities,” referring to the Afghan Local Police. (source)
And Captain Quinn gets discharged for this?
The military, when pressed on this issue, kicks the can down the road:
When asked about American military policy, the spokesman for the American command in Afghanistan, Col. Brian Tribus, wrote in an email: “Generally, allegations of child sexual abuse by Afghan military or police personnel would be a matter of domestic Afghan criminal law.” He added that “there would be no express requirement that U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan report it.” An exception, he said, is when rape is being used as a weapon of war. (source)
So, in short, our military expects our soldiers to lay in bed at night listening to the screams of young children being sexually abused by disgusting pedophile monsters, but because these pedophile monsters are currently considered our “allies,” our soldiers are instructed not to do anything about it because these horrible human rights abuses of innocent children are “their culture”.
And if our soldiers do try to do something about it, they get kicked out of the military.
Good to know.
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