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Soldiers Punished for Speaking Out about Muslim Child Rape in Afghanistan

I don’t have to tell you that in our modern America political correctness is running amok, but you may not have realized that it was creating huge problems for our military service members overseas as well, particularly our service members in the Muslim world who are being forced to ignore heinous crimes against children being carried out by our allies. We (and many others) have covered extensively the disgusting connection between Islam and pedophilia (as well as sexual slavery and rape in general), but this is a new low for the American military and government.

(You can see some of the connections between Islam and pedophilia here, here, here, here and here.)

The Obama administration has apparently told the military to keep the horrible practice of regular child rape quiet. However, many of the soldiers serving in Afghanistan are not prepared to follow these immoral orders and have been pushing their superiors to do something about the disturbing practice. Because of their unwillingness to follow orders which tell them to stay silent about the rampant pedophilia among the Islamic ranks of the Afghan military, many good American soldiers have been punished and even drummed out of the military!

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is being forced out of the military for disobeying his superiors and for the part he played in stopping meting out some justice on an Afghan officer who raped a little boy and then beat the boy’s mother after she reported his crime.

Charles MartlandThe case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision. 

“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in a letter to Carter. 

Martland is described by many of his teammates as the finest soldier they have ever served alongside.

But his Army career changed course during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him. 

Now the military is attempting to forcibly “retire” Martland for the embarrassment the incident has brought.

The New York Time has more on the story with several eyewitness accounts and the disturbing news that the command to stay quiet about the horrible atrocities came down from the top.

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 Afghanistanparticularly 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.

“The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights,” said Dan Quinn, a former Special Forces captain who beat up an American-backed militia commander for keeping a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

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.

As individual people we should never condone or silently allow injustice, even if it is the easier road. As a nation, this sin is far more egregious because there is no personal connection to make the situation awkward, difficult or even nuanced. The US government and our military from the beginning should have spoken with clarity, character and commitment in telling Afghanistan that we would not abide such immoral and disgusting behavior. We should have told the Afghan leadership that we would not lend our support if they would continue to allow such abhorrent behavior from their leaders.

This failure is yet another dark stain on the Obama administration but should not be surprising when we consider the rampant immorality that is endorsed, coddled and praised by our liberal politicians today.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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