“Look the other way- it’s their culture.” The U.S. policy of non-interference in sexual abuse of children by armed Afghani officers may have resulted in the death of 3U.S. Marines, and the punishment of several others.
A story that has many connections
In an article in the New York Times on Sept 20, Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr had told his father (also a Marine) that from his bunk, he could hear the screams of young boys who were being sexually abused by Afghani police officers. But his commanding officers told him to look the other way.
The New York Times wrote,
Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan,particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.
The policy has endured as American forces have recruited and organized Afghan militias to help hold territory against the Taliban. But soldiers and Marines have been increasingly troubled 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.
Was he killed because of his whistle blowing?
Interestingly, Lance Corporal Buckley was killed in 2012 after his father urged him to tell base commanders. That fact has his father suspicious of his son’s death. And rightly so.
Punishment for doing what’s right
Two Special Forces Members- former Green Berets Dan Quinn, and Charles Martland, as we previously reported, have had their careers destroyed because they beat up a man names Abdul Rahman who was abusing a young boy while he was chained to a bed, and then assaulted his mother. Their punishment by the U.S. Military has been severe — because they stood up for what is right in direct opposition to the Obama policy.
The connection to another case
Then there was the case we reported previously of a decorated Marine, Major Jason Brezler, who passed along classified information on a dangerous police commander, Sarwar Jan, who had a large contingent of “tea boys” living with him on base. It was those boys who reportedly killed Lance Corporal Buckley and two other Marines.
Major Brezler had tried to prevent that situation by sending a file to the commanders of the base about the dangerous police commander – the commanders on base totally ignored him. Then he faced being kicked out of the Corps for sending classified material via his private email.
Sarwar Jan was killed in a Taliban ambush in 2013.
The policy of looking the other way has American troops “sick to their stomachs” and prosecuting or punishing them for saying anything is unconscionable.
What will people do to preserve their narrative? Anything. What will the military do to preserve their so-called “relationship” with Afghanistan? Anything. This desire to let the powers that be alone in the nation of Afghanistan is destroying the integrity of U.S. Forces, and may actually be getting them killed.