Despite Pentagon denial, Afghan boy rape known of for years

1355749273_1989_mullahAs the old saying goes, “what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” The guys with all the shiny stuff on their collars at the Pentagon just may have that adage picking at the proverbial scabs on their collective consciences about now. Especially in light of a number of Marines and soldiers recently accusing the brass of attempting to cover up an open secret in the Afghanistan theater of operations. And the accusation that the open secret is in so many words, American troops are directed to look the other way when Afghan men rape boys, even if the rape is taking place on an American military installation. 

As reported by Morgan Chalfant of the Washington Free Beacon news portal on Sept. 24, 2015, The United States Army is denying an 11-year veteran the possibility of re-enlisting in his particular branch of the Armed Forces. And in what is causing at least two Congressmen to get involved, the soldier in question isn’t even being allowed the opportunity to appeal.

Numerous individuals in every branch of the military see their time cut short of the 20 years required to reach retirement, usually due to their own incompetence. Yet the case of Sergeant First Class Charles Martland has been taken up by a US Congressman from the Sunshine State as well as another Representative from the other side of the continent.

Congressmen Vernon Buchanan (R – Fla.) and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R – Calif.) are hopping mad and demanding that the decorated Green Beret who blew the whistle on U.S.-allied Afghan forces raping boys be reinstated by the Army immediately. Also reported by Judson Berger of Fox News via the civilian-ran and independent of the government Military.com on Sept. 23, 2015, SFC Martland will be given his walking papers on Nov. 1 of this year. As shared with Berger by the office of Rep. Hunter, the Green Beret fired off a request to the heavies in Washington requesting he at least be given a chance to appeal the decision.

As it turns out, the Army’s Human Resources Command told Martland that his appeal “does not meet the criteria” for review. The Special Forces operator’s run-ins with the Army brass began in 2011 while stationed in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

It was there that he and his Team Leader (an Army Captain who has since voluntarily left the service) confronted an Afghan police commander who has just raped a pre-pubescent boy, but not without first beating the child’s mother. Reportedly when they confronted the police honcho, he laughed in the faces of the two Americans. It was then that the Yankee Doodle Dandy Boys took it upon themselves to mete out some attitude adjustment of the physical kind to the now horizontal Afghan.

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The Army hastily transferred the two back state-side, where Martland was issued an official “memorandum of reprimand” in October of the same year. Fast forward to present day, when the highly decorated soldier sought to re-enlist, but found that the Army Human Resources Command informed him that his appeal “does not meet the criteria. Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved.”

Regarding the accusations of the government at least unofficially giving a wink and a nod to our Afghan allies violent sexual assaults on young boys, Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement Tuesday that he’s “absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander.”

Albeit technically correct that “no such theater policy has ever existed here, the Army commander left out that the American public has been informed by the civilian press since at least August of 2010. With multiple sources cited here in a previous Examiner.com article, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Joel Brinkley penned an article entitled “Afghanistan’s dirty little secret” detailing the widespread cultural and religious acceptance of man-to-boy pedophilia in the Central Asian nation. As detailed by Brinkley:

Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy’s father.

Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to ‘touch and fondle them.’ For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers.

Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are bacha baz, the term for an older man with a boy lover. Literally it means ‘boy player.’ The men like to boast about it.

Fundamentalist Muslim clerics throughout the nation teach the faithful that women are “unclean” and “therefore distasteful.” One unnamed Afghan was quoted as asking how his wife could become pregnant. When explained the physical actions required, the man “reacted with disgust” and then asked, “How could one feel desire to be with a woman, who God has made unclean?”