Saturday, October 20, 2007
Canada and the Dancing Boys of Afghanistan
I must admit I roared with laughter when I saw that fifty-one percent of Afghans think their country is heading in the right direction.
"There's no consensus. It's not everyone who has a positive view," said Keith Neuman of Environics. "But more often than not, people feel that things are better than they were."
Even though they're not.
Afghanistan's defense minister asked on Thursday for more money and equipment to fight soaring Taliban violence as America's Pentagon chief criticized NATO allies for failing to deliver promised aid.
That rising violence comes as NATO commanders say they still face shortages in troops, trainers, helicopters and other equipment needed to fight the war.
If that's better..... what's worse?
But then most Afghans don't even know we're there.
Even in the south of the country, where Canadian forces have lost most of the 71 soldiers who have died in the country so far, 90 per cent of Afghans polled believe it is the United States that is trying to protect them.
So what the fuck do you expect? Do you REALLY think you can carry out a proper poll in a country at war where most people fear both sides...and are just going to tell pollsters what they think they want to hear?
And not just any ordinary country either. A barbarous and corrupt Islamic Republic, where men are hanged for adultery, women are second class citizens and jailed for running away from their designated husbands...if they don't burn themselves first. Where gays are jailed for being gay. People are tortured for anything.
And the dancing boys of Northern Afghanistan are the life of the party.
Young boys are being sexually abused in Afghanistan in line with a tradition where they are bought by older men to dance at parties.The practice of "bacha baazi", meaning "boy-play", is enjoying a resurgence in the North of Afghanistan where ownership is seen as a status symbol by militia leaders.
Dancers, known as "bacha bereesh" or "beardless boys", are under 18, with 14 being the "ideal" age. Owners or "kaatah" meet at bacha baazi parties in large halls where the boys dance late into the night, before being sexually abused.
"Some men enjoy playing with dogs, some with women. I enjoy playing with boys."
"I am married, but I prefer boys to women," he adds. "You can't take women with you to parties in this region, and you can't make them dance. These boys are our prestige."
Unless of course they don't perform...and then they beat them like dogs...or their wives.
Hallah allah hallellujah. The Islamic Republican of Assghanistan.Where half the population thinks things are looking up .....from the bottom of the 14th century. While the other half probably wants to kill us....if only they knew we were there.
And to make matters worse many Canadians STILL believe it's about reconstruction.
Even as the Americans bomb the shit out of the place.....
And they're on OUR side too...isn't that inspiring? Bringing civilization AND homophobia to Afghanistan one bomb at a time.
But wait... Isn't taking homophobia to a backward Islamic Republic rather like taking idiots to Ottawa?
Or bringing civilization to a place like that a waste of time...unless you've got 1500 years to spare?
“Things won't change,” says the soldier who has served previously in Bosnia and Haiti.
Citing the corruption in government and the Afghan national police, and the fierce tribal rivalries that divide the country, he believes Afghanistan will fall back into chaos and civil war whether Canada leaves in 18 months, four years or a decade from now.
And don't you love what that U.S. marine said?
“When the Canadians are attacked, they worry about civilian casualties. When we're attacked, we hunt them down and kill them.”
So much for our great NATO mission. Will someone please remind me what we're doing in that backward hellhole?
Because sometimes I forget...