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September 20, 2009

Occam's box cutter

Child rape is now sanctioned by the Canadian military in Afghanistan (and anywhere else the rape of children is an inconvenience, presumably). This is what happens when we complicate winning with sentiment. Worse yet, when "winning" becomes our only objective.

Only one of the following propositions is true:

i - Child rapists are not our allies, or;
ii - We are evil.

Army staff and National Defence headquarters officials were told in 2007 that young boys had allegedly been sexually abused by Afghan security forces at a Canadian base in Afghanistan, but the concern at the time was that the incident might be reported in the news media, according to military records obtained by the Citizen.

In addition, last year Brig.-Gen. J.C. Collin, commander of Land Force Central Area, passed on to the senior army leadership the concerns raised by military police who said they had been told by their commanders not to interfere in incidents in which Afghan forces were having sex with children.

To be clear: It is not necessary for the enemy to like us in order for us to win the war. Still less is it necessary for us to like him. On the contrary, in order to win the war, we must destroy the enemy's cult of rape and death, destroy the rapine and pillage that is his way of life and destroy most if not all of the underlying spirit disease that passes for his religion. It is, in fact, the destruction of his "religion" that must be at the heart of our endeavour.

This war aim is not a bug. This war aim is not even a feature. The destruction of the enemy's way of life and his system of belief is our just cause for making war. The moment we compromise this war aim in order to cultivate local "allies" we make ourselves complicit in the very evil we have sent our bravest to fight.

Complicity in child rape is not a PR problem for Stephen Harper's government nor merely a source of shame for those Canadians still capable of the emotion. Complicity in child rape is a war crime and should be treated as such.

Update: Manmountain Molehill comments via email (with my apologies for my sometimes over enthusiastic TypeKey comment system/moat):

Let's review the situation: Afghanistan was used as a base by al Quaeda to organize the Sep. 11 plot. Our legitimate interest was to destroy al quaeda's operation there and eliminate any threat from Afghanistan. In this instance I agree with John Derbyshire; "rubble doesn't cause trouble". We should have bombed them back to the stone age and left, repeating as needed. A strategic bombing campaign is inexpensive and devastating. The problem was in trying to impose a democratically elected government on the Pashtuns. They just don't get it.

Unlike Iraq, Saddam aside, which has a many-thousand year history of civilization Afghanistan has none. George W. Bush had an admirable, if ultimately futile goal in reorganizing Iraqi society in the wake of Saddam. A peaceful, democratically elected government in the heart of the Islamic world would have far-reaching consequences throughout the middle east.The ultimate result is yet to be seen, but the effort may well be justified. On the other hand, Afghanistan has never been civilized. The ability to live in a (somewhat) peaceful society has both genetic and cultural roots, and they run deep. Forcing such changes on the Pashtuns would be a multi-generation project involving occupation and a colonial government. For Afghanistan the game isn't worth the candle. It is time to time to send our troops elsewhere and send in the Hellfire missiles (or the Ghurkas, same result). Troops out, bombs in would also have been an effective response in Somalia, A few MOABs would have made our point most effectively: attack Americans and die. It will work against any form of barbarian. Unfortunately Western societies have lost the ruthlessness needed to impose such short, sharp shocks to our enemies. It mat yet be our undoing.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 20, 2009 07:47 AM


This did actually get reported in the papers a year ago (Star and CBC), but then fell off the news cycle while NIS did its investigating.

I agree in all respects regarding execution of the war and criminal prosecution of any CF personnel who intimated to witnesses that reporting or investigating these crimes was not worth the effort.

Posted by: Chris Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2009 10:25 AM