I try to keep things light and airy around these parts. There are plenty of bloggers out there who do an excellent job of pointing out what a foul place this world is. I don’t need to pile on. For the most part, I stay away from politics. I’m not a deep thinker and do not aspire to be one. I limit my posts to this city I love, the foibles of parenthood and an occasional theater or art review.
But those dirty, rotten mothers in Afghanistan got to me.
I recently read an article that left me on a high heat stewing in my juices. Have you guys ever heard the term bacha bazi? It translates to “boy play.” Apparently, it’s part of Afghan Army culture to take boys from their families, some as young as nine, dress them as girls and train them to dance for an audience of men. They are then auctioned off into prostitution to the highest bidder. Many of the customers are powerful military commanders and upper echelon members of the police force. They dress them in uniforms and are kept as sex slaves.
This custom is said to be over 300 years old. The former Governor of the Kandahar Province has been routinely seen at public events with teenage boys in tow, some of them in heavy makeup. Officials denied that they were bacha bazi.
This isn’t the Taliban! These are supposed to be the good guys! In fact, not only does the Taliban condemn this practice, they intervened in a fight between two pedophile warlords over a coveted “dancing boy.” This is who America has gone bankrupt fighting for. We’ve lost thousand of young soldiers defending this way of life.
The United Nations has stepped in and is trying to halt not only this atrocity, but also the practice of recruiting children into the police force. Good luck turning back 300 years of tradition. I’m sure that’ll go over well.
Please spare me any comments about how I need to respect the way other people have lived for hundreds of years. They’re animals. I do not understand some aspects of Mideastern culture. So many facets of it are depraved. The women are treated like a piece of property. You can still go to jail for being gay.
I’m officially against the war. Pull our troops out, cut ’em loose and let them slaughter each other for all I care. Barbarians.