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Obama Administration Ejects Soldier Who Confronted Afghans Rape of Children

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A New York Times article chronicled how Martland had been told during his time in Afghanistan that he was to ignore the rampant sexual abuse of children, mostly boys, by male Afghans. He was told it's their culture in reference to the rapes of children


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Gillian M (11)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 12:58 pm
Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is being dismissed from the Army, despite 11 years of exceptional national service, having lost his appeal to remain in service. A New York Times article chronicled how Martland had been told during his time in Afghanistan that he was to ignore the rampant sexual abuse of children, mostly boys, by male Afghans. He was told “it's their culture" in reference to the rapes of children by Afghans, and that U.S. soldiers would be punished for intervening or stopping the practice. The U.S. military has denied Martland’s claims.

Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a September 22 statement that he is “absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander.”

Even so, Martland has been ordered dismissed from the Army by November 1. In an initial decision, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command told him that the appeal “does not meet the criteria” for an appeal. “Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved,” the office wrote in a memo.

On September 22, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter discussed the appeal denial on The Kelly File. Said Hunter, "Imagine this, you're a 20-year-old kid and you're serving your nation and on your U.S. base you actually see child rapists and pedophiles and hear the scream of little boys at night and you're told it's an Afghan criminal issue." He added, "They were allowing this to happen because they don't want to offend the wrong people. There is a shameful lack leadership and morality in the Army."

While deployed to Kunduz Province in 2011, Afghanistan, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander accused of raping an Afghan boy and beating his mother. When the Afghan laughed off the incident, they shoved him to the ground. Both Martland and team leader were then removed from the base and sent home. While the U.S. Army has cited privacy as a reason for not confirming the specifics of Martland's separation from service, a “memorandum of reprimand” from appears to indicate that Martland was criticized by superiors for highlighting the alleged rape.


Gillian M (11)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 12:58 pm
Bacha bereesh and bacha bazi
"Boys are taken from their families at a young age and sold or given to wealthy and powerful business men, politicians, and military commanders. The boys are dressed in women's clothing and makeup and forced to dance to entertain their master and his guests. They are also forced to perform sex acts on their master or his guests. The few boys who are able to escape their slavery have a difficult time ever making a living doing anything else. They are forever branded in society as a bacha bereesh, or a "boy without a beard," a boy who dances and dresses as a woman.

Their plight is not unlike that of women forced into sexual performance or prostitution, who also have a difficult time being accepted into society and finding work after their ordeal. Bacha bazi boys often return to the industry even after they have left, because they have no other means to support themselves. Women who have been forced into commercial sex often do the same. Perhaps so many similarities exist because bacha bazi feminizes these boys in order to degrade them. By forcing them to perform in women's clothes and by raping them, this tradition not only seeks to humiliate these boys for the pleasure of wealthy men, but also to reinforce the idea that women are inferior and for a boy to have feminine affectations is degrading for him. It's a window into the severe gender inequality that pervades Afghanistan.

Rules for men having sex with boys
Man-boy sex is institutionalised to the extent that the Islamic rulebook specifies who should and should not be the object of a man's amorous attentions. Apart from the requirement that the boy should be beardless (bacha bereesh), there are also some restrictions regarding family members.


2414. * If a baligh person commits sodomy with a boy , the mother, sister and daughter of the boy become haraam for him. And the same law applies when the person on whom sodomy is committed is an adult male, or when the person committing sodomy is na-baligh. But if one suspects or doubts whether penetration occurred or not, then the said woman would not become haraam.

2415. * If a person marries the mother or sister of a boy, and commits sodomy with the boy after the marriage, as a precaution, they will become haraam for him.

In other words, if a Muslim dates a woman and finds her kid brother or son attractive, he must choose one or the other. He can't have both.


Maggie D (69)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 1:07 pm
Aren't military personnel supposed to protect civilians?

Roger G (148)
Thursday September 24, 2015, 1:37 pm
absolutely disgusting, and now Care2 is letting neo nazis antisemitic comments !
Of course I reported the islamist cum jihadist propaganda comment

. (0)
Friday September 25, 2015, 12:27 am
This is reprehensible. A culture that condones such behavior deserves destruction.

John De Avalon (36)
Friday September 25, 2015, 6:27 am
They're 'on our side' so turn a blind eye. Thoroughly dishonourable.

We should be protecting the weak and the vulnerable, and upholding the values of moral decency - or what are we there for????

Past Member (0)
Friday September 25, 2015, 9:31 am
I am not surprised at anything Obama does, it is clear whose side he is on, & it is not the U.S ! He is a disgrace.

Ruth R (246)
Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:45 am

Gillian M (11)
Sunday September 27, 2015, 4:10 am
Thank you Roger, I get a lot of them. Of course, the people involved have no idea what religion I am or even if I have one but it is acceptable to make such comments on care2 because of the ethos. People who dislike Islam are removed without warning but the Judeophobes are allowed to stay.
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