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Old 09-22-2015, 12:01 AM
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Unhappy U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEINSEPT. 20, 2015
KABUL, Afghanistan — In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“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.

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This will be a difficult story for some people to read, but it is a story that needs to be told.

In our quest to be inoffensive occupiers, we are overlooking things that are appalling to us but culturally normal to them. Up to and including the rape and abuse of children.

My question to you is simple: Is it more important to not interfere in things which are, if not tolerated, at least accepted in Afghani culture, or do we have a moral obligation to children in that country to at least put a stop to the practice on US military bases?

As much as I understand the need to be culturally sensitive to those whose land we're occupying and assisting, it seems like abuse of children is an easy line to draw in the sand. At least forbid the activity on base, for Christ's sake.

So, what did our tolerance get us? Abused children, a dead soldier and people who were kicked out of the military for complaining.
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