Tolerance? U.S. Soldiers Told To Ignore Rape of Boys Because It’s “Afghan Culture”
There is an absolutely horrifying story out in the New York Times today featuring U.S. soldier whistleblowers who say they were told to ignore rampant sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan allies because “it’s there culture.”
In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.
“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
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.
Adding insult-to-injury, American soldiers who refused to sit by and allow Afghan commanders to continue abusing boys, and girls, as sex slaves are paying a heavy price for doing the right thing.
The policy of instructing soldiers to ignore child sexual abuse by their Afghan allies is coming under new scrutiny, particularly as it emerges that service members like Captain Quinn have faced discipline, even career ruin, for disobeying it.
Ignoring sexual abuse as part of Islamic and Middle Eastern culture in the name of “tolerance” is common practice. In the UK, we’ve seen the sexual abuse of thousands of children go unreported or not prosecuted out of fear white officials and police officers would be accused of racism.
Political correctness kept authorities silent and whistleblowers ignored for a decade.
It was revealed last week that between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 girls, as young as eleven years old, in just one relatively small English city (Rotherham, population 275,000), had been repeatedly and systematically raped by gangs of men over the past decade.
Why was nothing done for 16 years? Police incompetence was a factor, but not the primary reason. The primary reason was political correctness. It turns out that the perpetrators were all, or nearly all, of “Pakistani heritage” and the girls were all, or nearly all, white. This explanation is not that of conservatives alone. Virtually everyone, including media and politicians on the British left, acknowledge that this is the reason. What neither they nor the American Left have acknowledged is that political correctness was created and is sustained by the Left.
Political correctness, which often requires ignoring evil, destroys the lives of human beings and gets people killed. Enough.