Photo by Paul Avallone
As readers of this site may recall, Paul Avallone served in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003 on a special forces team -- "the lone US military presence in the entire eastern province of Nangarhar" -- and returned to Afghanistan as a journalist in 2006 and 2008. Paul drew my attention to yesterday's posted story on pederasty in Afghanistan by Joel Brinkley and kindly supplied the all too relevant photograph (see post). He also sent in the above photo, which he took of an Afghanistan National Army sergeant, noting:
The ANA sergeant did not know the boy, nor was related to him, but notice the affection of his body language -- and pride in having his photo taken. In fact, he requested it.
I can just hear grammar school teachers of America inculcating moral relativism into our children (something I wrote about in The Death of the Grown-Up, Chapter 7, "Identity"):"That's not gross; that's their culture."
OK. But does that mean that Americans should fight and die to do to protect it?
This sordid underside of the "good war" in Afghanistan has always been with us, but mostly under most radar. More, for example, from Gates of Vienna in 2008 in: Making the World Safe for Pederasty.
Little girls don't fare well in Afghanistan, either
And this ain't so hot, either:
Photo: "Afghan women line up to register as voters for parliamentary elections at a registration centre in Herat, Afgahnistan."
These are "women"? These are "voters"? Is someone kidding us? Uttlerly dehumanized according to Western lights, these pitiable creatures are not recognizable as either.