The United States is infamous for claiming the moral high ground while at the same time committing heinous and atrocious crimes against humanity. The war in Afghanistan shows how much the United States is enabling one of the most deplorable forms of depravity - paedophilia.
What would give some a rude awakening is how this happens at the expense of the taxpayers' money. The war in Afghanistan has enabled traditions of using young boys for sex to flourish.
"Selling and using young boys (often dressed as girls) for sex—known colloquially as bacha bazi, or 'boy play'—has deep roots in Afghanistan and has been widely practiced for generations," the National Interest’s Amitai Etzioni reported in 2017.
"A State Department report in 2010 described the extent of the problem: 'Child abuse was endemic throughout the country, based on cultural beliefs about child-rearing, and included general neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, abandonment, and confined forced labor to pay off family debts.'"
American officers are aware of this, but they are instructed to ignore it. "It also noted that 'most child sexual abusers were not arrested.' American officers, who share quarters with Afghan ones, report boys screaming in agony, which they were instructed to ignore."
There is a lot of inaction on the side of the United States to avert and stop these sexual abuses on young boys. For a country that claims the moral high ground, its inaction towards these horrifying acts of sexual abuse on young boys is appalling.
In January, the New York Times reported, "On 5,753 occasions from 2010 to 2016, the United States military asked to review Afghan military units to see if there were any instances of 'gross human rights abuses.' If there were, American law required military aid to be cut off to the offending unit." The report mentioned that not once did this happen. The American military indifference is fuelling the sickening paedophilia problem in Afghanistan.
In essence, the United States is culpable in this. It appears the policy of the Pentagon and Afghanistan's allies has been to tell the American troops to look the other way when Afghan soldiers raped young boys.
High ranking Afghan military and police leaders have been raping young boys but this has been swept under the carpet. Congressman Walter Jones once said "This abuse...has been going on for years and we’ve been supporting it financially."
It’s terrifyingly surprising how abuse is invoked by Washington hawks to get involved in wars (take for instance the war in Iraq), but when it’s pointed out that U.S. military intervention is actually enabling human rights abuses, no argument is strong enough to bring the troops home.
“Why are we still shedding our soldiers’ blood for pedophiles?” Congressman Walter Jones asked on the House floor in February.
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