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The Hill: Your Tax Dollars Fund Afghan Child Rape – James Bovard

Posted by M. C. Fox on May 11, 2018

The U.S. government has long known that U.S.-funded Afghan units routinely engage in “bacha bazi” — boy play.

This reminds me of when Bush II was asked about persecution of Christians by our Middle Eastern friends and allies, particularly Saudi Arabia. His response was ‘you can’t have everything’.

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2017/12/03/the-hill-your-tax-dollars-fund-afghan-child-rape/

by James Bovard

The Pentagon ignored the abuse until a 2015 New York Times expose of American soldiers who were punished for protesting atrocities against young boys. The Times reported that U.S. troops were confounded 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.” White House press secretary Josh Earnest responded to the Times’ bombshell:

“The United States is deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of Afghan boys who may be exploited by members of the Afghan national security and defense forces. … Protecting human rights, including by countering the exploitation of children, is a high priority for the U.S. government.”

After the Times’ report, 93 members of Congress requested that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) investigate the problem. SIGAR finished and submitted its report early this year. In a brief section in its July 31 quarterly report, SIGAR noted, “Afghan officials remain complicit, especially in the sexual exploitation … of children by Afghan security forces. The Washington Post reported on November 26 that the Pentagon is blocking the release of the SIGAR report, instead releasing “its own report offering a far less authoritative review” of the abuses….

Bacha bazi is not the only barbaric Afghan practice countenanced by the U.S. government. In 2009, the U.S.-appointed president, Hamid Karzai, approved a law entitling husbands to starve their wives to death if they denied them sex. That edict is so appalling that it would be rejected even by Alabama voters but it did not deter President Barack Obama from boasting about the U.S. bringing “democracy” to Afghanistan…

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