The war is a dirty business. In spite of a number of international treaties, agreements and laws, it is practically impossible to conduct “humane” military operation. It is time for politicians to use different means in dealing with international disputes. It is time for mainstream media to stop glorifying wars and abusing patriotic feelings of general public. Only those who were sent to conduct that dirty business on the ground know how dirty and inhumane that is no matter what they try. It is one thing to set military objectives in some comfortable command and control room and completely different thing to execute these objectives on the ground. I am sure that Pentagon does not have “a policy in place that directs any military member or any government personnel overseas to ignore human rights abuses”. However, local commanders on the ground are often forced to make compromises in order to execute their orders, protect their troops and live another day in the hell of war. “I see nothing and hear nothing” is regularly the only way to get through a nightmare of a war. You can close your eyes, plug your ears but wounds to your soul and your hearth never heal.
Question is – Who is telling the truth in this whole story? I feel that both sides are telling the truth. Things like this are rarely reported through official channels of communications and high ranked officials are spared from hearing and seeing the ugly side of their strategies. But these things happen almost daily nevertheless. The only way to avoid them is to stop sending people to the hell called war. STOP IT NOW!
On Sunday, the New York Times reported on the practice of bacha bazi, or “boy play,” in which powerful men in Afghanistan sexually abuse teenage boys. A widespread problem throughout the country, particularly in rural areas, US soldiers were reportedly told to look the other way, even when such instances were witness on American military bases.
On Monday, the Pentagon responded, insisting that it has no such policy in place.
“I can tell you we’ve never had a policy in place that directs any military member or any government personnel overseas to ignore human rights abuses,” said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis, according to Reuters. “The practices described in that article, we find absolutely abhorrent.”
“There’s nothing that would preclude any military member from making reports about human rights violations to their chain of command,” he added.
The New York Times based its claims on number of witness testimonials.
Quinn was stripped of command for attacking a US-backed warlord who kept a boy chained to his bed. Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, who joined Quinn in beating up the militia leader, is also facing punishment.
“The Army contends that Martland and others should have looked the other way (a contention that I believe is nonsense),” California Representative Duncan Hunter wrote in a letter to the Pentagon’s inspector general.
While the Pentagon denies the report, its claims appear to be somewhat contradicted by the US State Department’s annual Human Trafficking report. Released in July, the report mentions bacha bazi specifically, and notes the ongoing problem of Afghan law enforcement accepting bribes in exchange for ignoring charges of abuse.
“The government’s prosecution and victim protection efforts remained inadequate,” the report said.