Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The US Military: Between A Rock And A Repulsive Place

By Jeff Eggers, Sep 28, 2015 Foreign Policy

Among the more counterintuitive things I’ve encountered while working in Afghanistan was support among Afghan women for reconciliation with the Taliban. After all, gender rights are among the more palpable and popular reasons to detest the Taliban’s style of rule. So why would some Afghan women be willing to stomach a return to such medieval norms?

The answer was equally surprising — the women who felt this way were mothers who would rather live beneath a burka than have their sons raped or molested by strongmen on the side of the government. As upside down it may seem, the now widespread practice of bacha bazi (literally “boy play”) was prohibited under Taliban rule. In fact, the Taliban’s 1990s rise to power was motivated and enabled by their opposition to this kind of predatory warlordism.

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