There is very little more abhorrent than the sexual abuse of children but there is a ‘ culture ‘ that permits it. When American soldiers are stationed amongst this ‘ culture ‘ they are ordered to ignore it and to not stop the abuse. One soldier could not do that. He did the right thing and now he is facing the consequences.
U.S. soldiers were instructed to ignore the sexual abuse of boys by Afghan allies, even when it occurred on military bases, according to a report in the New York Times. The policy of looking the other way was designed to maintain good standing with the U.S.-trained Afghan police and militia in a country where the practice of bacha bazi (boy play) is widespread. In some cases, the U.S. ended up arming suspected pedophiles.