A new report describes a U.S. military complicit in its Afghan allies’ systematic sexual abuse of young boys, going so far as to expel American officers who voiced concern.
According to The New York Times, U.S. servicemen who speak out about Afghan militia commanders’ rape of children face discipline and occasionally expulsion from the military. In one case, an Afghan commander’s 17-year-old “tea boy” killed Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. — allegedly over Buckley’s distaste for the Afghan cultural practice.
“Bacha bazi,” literally “boy play,” is an age-old Afghan custom, and the U.S. military has treated it as simply a cultural difference. But the Times relates that the American policy of turning a blind eye “has often alienated the villages whose children are being preyed upon.”
As the U.S. was overturning the Islamist Taliban government and creating new militias, Special Forces veteran Dan Quinn told the Times, “we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did.” (RELATED: Taliban’s ‘Most Powerful Talisman’ Is Officially Gone)
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