Hearts And Minds

Democracy on the march in Afghanistan:

“Village elders grew more upset at the predatory behavior of American-backed commanders. After each case, Captain Quinn would gather the Afghan commanders and lecture them on human rights.

Soon another commander absconded with his men’s wages. Mr. Quinn said he later heard that the commander had spent the money on dancing boys. Another commander murdered his 12-year-old daughter in a so-called honor killing for having kissed a boy. ‘There were no repercussions,’ Mr. Quinn recalled.

In September 2011, an Afghan woman, visibly bruised, showed up at an American base with her son, who was limping. One of the Afghan police commanders in the area, Abdul Rahman, had abducted the boy and forced him to become a sex slave, chained to his bed, the woman explained. When she sought her son’s return, she herself was beaten. Her son had eventually been released, but she was afraid it would happen again, she told the Americans on the base.”

To the great credit of many US soldiers, there were those who were not about to accept child rape as a “cultural” issue.  Beyond that, you couldn’t engineer a bigger clusterfuck than the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan (Iraq being a close second, of course).

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