If this not proof that we will NEVER accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish in Afghanistan outside of the noble goal of dispatching jihadists to hell in their thousands, then nothing is.
Another one of the Wikileaks documents has turned up a particularly smelly little turd. Turns out one of the contractors we’re using to help train Afghan cops is rewarding their trainees according to the local custom.
What’s the local custom? Well…you sure you want to know?
The Afghanistan cable (dated June 24, 2009) discusses a meeting between Afghan Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and US assistant ambassador Joseph Mussomeli. Prime among Atmar’s concerns was a party partially thrown by DynCorp for Afghan police recruits in Kunduz Province.
Many of DynCorp’s employees are ex-Green Berets and veterans of other elite units, and the company was commissioned by the US government to provide training for the Afghani police. According to most reports, over 95 percent of its $2 billion annual revenue comes from US taxpayers.
And in Kunduz province, according to the leaked cable, that money was flowing to drug dealers and pimps. Pimps of children, to be more precise. (The exact type of drug was never specified.)
Since this is Afghanistan, you probably already knew this wasn’t a kegger. Instead, this DynCorp soiree was a bacha bazi (“boy-play”) party, much like the ones uncovered earlier this year by Frontline.
For those that can’t or won’t click the link, bacha bazi is a pre-Islamic Afghan tradition that was banned by the Taliban. Bacha boys are eight- to 15-years-old. They put on make-up, tie bells to their feet and slip into scanty women’s clothing, and then, to the whine of a harmonium and wailing vocals, they dance seductively to smoky roomfuls of leering older men.
After the show is over, their services are auctioned off to the highest bidder, who will sometimes purchase a boy outright. And by services, we mean anal sex: The State Department has called bacha bazi a “widespread, culturally accepted form of male rape.” (While it may be culturally accepted, it violates both Sharia law and Afghan civil code.)
For Pashtuns in the South of Afghanistan, there is no shame in having a little boy lover; on the contrary, it is a matter of pride. Those who can afford the most attractive boy are the players in their world, the OG’s of places like Kandahar and Khost. On the Frontline video, ridiculously macho warrior guys brag about their young boyfriends utterly without shame.
Read the whole thing, if you’re not already about to hurl.
Obviously, the contractor can’t be defended on any level. These guys are scumbags. But what are we doing in a place where treating young boys like sex slaves doesn’t carry shame with it? As the article says, the Taliban looks down on this practice in a major way – they’d like to restrict that kind of abuse to women, instead. We actually by some definition are on the wrong side, morally, of the Taliban in trying to find allies in Afghanistan.
There is NOTHING you can do with a country this flocked up. NOTHING. We are wasting our time, money and blood there. Let’s get out. And if the place gets worse, let’s do the world a favor and nuke that craphole as a lesson to the rest of the world’s barbarians.