Wrap your head around this:
On 5,753 occasions from 2010 to 2016, the United States military reported accusations of “gross human rights abuses” by the Afghan military, including many examples of child sexual abuse. If true, American law required military aid to be cut off to the offending unit. Not once did that happen.
Nearly 1,000 reports a year. And because someone decided that Afghan military aid trumps pedophilia, well, no one’s turning off the spigot anytime soon. And because bacha bazi usually involves someone paying someone else for the privilege of violating their child, US government money is at least indirectly financing kid rapers.
I need us all to think about that for a second. Forget for a minute how much money has been pumped into Afghanistan, and it’s still one of the least secure countries on the planet. Forget how many Afghan lives have been lost since the US invasion in 2001. Don’t think about how many other lives in the US and other supporting nations have been forever changed by the place.
Let’s be clear on one thing, and one thing only: our nation’s leadership thinks it’s OK to rape kids. Because they’re brown kids. Not our kids. And if a whole bunch of boys have to suffer trauma for few years until they get too old for whoever bought them last, well, they’re Afghans, right?
If the kid rapers were better at what they did, maybe, somehow, there could be some kind of sick logic to this. If the men molesting boys were making Afghanistan a safer place for, I guess, anyone but the boys they’re raping, then we could see how this works.
But it’s not working. None of it is.
Not the raping, not the money, not the lives.
Might be time to find our way back to the moral high ground.