The New York Times this weekend ran a horrifying story about how U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are being forced to look the other way as officers among America’s Muslim allies openly sexually abuse young boys.
The Times story leads with a recounting of a phone call from Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. to his father, saying that from his bunk, he could hear the Afghan officers raping boys they had brought to camp.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Gregory Buckley Sr. recalled his son saying. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
Cpl. Buckley and two other Marines were killed in 2012, shot by someone among a large group of boys who were being kept at Forward Operating Base Delhi by an Afghan police commander.
In another case, former Special Forces Capt. Dan Quinn was relieved of duty and has since left the military after he beat an Afghan militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed for sex.
Quinn told the Times that many Americans in the military have become increasingly troubled because the official policy is to ignore the rampant pederasty and other abuse that goes on among Afghan troops.
“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” Quinn said. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”
The Army is currently trying to forcibly retire Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, who joined with Quinn in beating the Afghan commander. Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter has been working to save Martland’s career and bring the Obama Administration policy to light.
The Pentagon policy is intended to “maintain good relations” with the Afghans supposedly, something that’s very difficult in a country that evidently has no respect for human rights.
Quinn recounted a story of how one Afghan militia commander raped a 14-year-old girl who was working in a field. Quinn followed policy and reported it to a village elder. The militia creep got a day in jail, after which the girl was forced to marry him.
According to Quinn, lectures about human rights didn’t make a dent in these people’s demeanor.
Another Afghan commander stole his men’s payroll and spent it on dancing boys.
Yet another killed his 12-year-old daughter for kissing a boy and faced no punishment.
It’s true that the United States has a long history of “getting its hands dirty” and dealing with some real scumbags in pursuit of long-range objectives, but I can’t help but feel that turning a blind eye to child sexual abuse is part of a pattern with this particular Administration, which has persecuted military personnel, particularly Christians, for refusing to support homosexual marriage, and which has tossed out a ban on “transgender” perversion and recently nominated on openly homosexual man to lead the Army.
This president seems bent on weakening our military’s moral fiber, rather than building it up.
It’s somewhat reminiscent of the story of Samson in the Bible. Samson was the strongest guy around, made so because he followed strict rules about his behavior at God’s command. But one by one, he broke all of his vows, finally losing his legendary strength and his freedom as a punishment.
Our military also will find its strength degraded bit by bit as it continues to give in to the demands of the amoral.