There is great concern for the fate of Afghan women. The tragedy of this country has not come from the Taliban, but from almost fifty years of uninterrupted warfare. The United States has not been part of the solution, but part of the problem (Translation from Spanish by Alissa D’Vale)
The withdrawal is not the tragedy that is being told, but an obvious development of the story that while not solving Afghanistan’s problems at all, eliminates one of them, and of no small importance.
So, let’s go back to Afghan women, who certainly, like others, love their children. And in the years of American occupation they have seen their children taken away by members of the Afghan armed forces, those who were under the supervision of the United States, to fall prey to the pedophiles that show off their ranks.
This was revealed in 2018 by the accredited New York Times, which reported on a US Commission of Inquiry charged with shedding light on the phenomenon, finding that this perversion existed among the ranks of the Afghan army and how the US army closed its eyes so as not to disturb their askaris.
“From 2010 to 2016, writes the New York Times, the US military was asked to investigate 5,753 cases to verify possible ‘grave human rights violations’ committed by Afghan military units. If proven, US law would have required that military aid be withdrawn from the offending unit.” “Nothing ever happened.”
“This is the result of an investigation on the sexual abuse of minors by the Afghan security forces and the indifference of the US military to this crime,” according to the report by Sigar, the Afghan special institute for reconstruction.
“The report [...] was considered so explosive” that it was originally marked as Secret/Not foreign, “which means, secret and not to be disclosed abroad,” with the recommendation that it remain classified [Secret] until June 9, 2042.”
“The report is detailed and, at least on the public side, does little to answer questions about the extent of child sexual abuse by the Afghan army and police and how it was common for the US military to ignore the widespread practice of bacha bazi, or children’s game. This is the name given to when Afghan commanders have underage children with them as sex slaves.” Apparently, this ignominious practice was widespread in Afghanistan, especially among the powerful and the report stigmatizes the indifference of the US command on the subject.
Unfortunately, the NYT explains, “the full extent of these abuses may never be known,” given the (obvious) reluctance of the US Army Command. “Sigar affirms that an investigation on bacha bazi was opened as a request of Congress and as response a 2015 New York Times article that described the practice as ‘rampant.’ The article said that American soldiers who opposed this practice had their careers ruined by their superiors, who encouraged them to ignore the practice.”
Thus, the NYT reports some cases.
“A former special forces officer, Captain Dan Quinn, had beaten an Afghan commander for keeping a child chained to his bed as a sex slave. After this episode, the captain said, he had been discharged of his command. ‘We put people in power who were going to do worse things than the Taliban had done,’ Captain Quinn said upon leaving the military. ”
Another case. “First Class Sergeant, Charles Martland, a highly ranked green beret, was forced to leave the army after beating a local Afghan police commander in Kunduz for raping children. Sergeant Martland was furious after the Afghan commander kidnapped a child, raped him and then beat the child’s mother as she tried to free him.”
Finally, “the Times article also cited the suspicious death of Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr, a United States Marine who was killed at a base where he was stationed with a notorious commander who had a lot of boys for bacha bazi. Corporal Buckley had complained about this commander and was assassinated along with two other marines by one of the men of the accused military commander.” (It is possible that the murder was attributed to the Taliban at the time).
If the American commanders closed their eyes to such serious crimes, you could imagine that they did the same with crimes of lesser or equal scope, such as rape, robbery, harassment, and murder. It is obvious that those responsible for these crimes, who were legion, now want to escape the country, mixing with those of the network of North American informants and those who flee out of desperation.
Perhaps this situation, which is probably not just Afghan, explains more than anything else the monstrous suicide rate among US Army war veterans: a Veterans Department report shows that there were 17 suicides per day in 2019, previous years also registered high numbers although slightly lower.
Parallel to the pedophilia, during the US occupation, other crimes flourished. Perhaps not by direct fault of the United States, but the permanent destabilization caused by its military presence. Destabilization that has thrown an already poor country into absolute misery.
A documentary by the RAI (Italian Radio Television) told the story of Afghans who ran all-terrain vehicles with tinted windows destined to kidnap young people and children, later found with a missing organ.
I have not found those old documentaries and memory alone as sufficient account. But I did find articles about the trafficking of organs in Afghanistan, particularly kidneys, so much so that Arab News defines this country as “the nation with one kidney.” On the topic of trade in kidneys, see the NYT article: “In Afghanistan, a Booming Kidney Trade Preys on the Poor.”
Of course, one can speak more freely about kidney trafficking, but it is more difficult to touch on the trafficking of the most vital organs, such as the heart, liver and more, because its trafficking kills the unfortunate “donors.” However, those who trade in kidneys, in general, place other “products” next to them. We will search again, to see if this dark traffic has been recorded anywhere.
During these years, child trafficking has also flourished. Save the Children in 2011, has denounced it. In Afghanistan children are “sold, exploited at work and often forced into prostitution.”
Are we sure that the Taliban regime opens a worse perspective of the horrors that have occurred, while the United States did not take these factors into account?
See the original article: Afghanistan: l’occupazione USA e la pedofilia dilagante