Soldiers, Marines Told To Ignore Evil Committed By U.S-backed Afghan Commanders

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When Special Forces captain Dan Quinn saw a boy being sexually abused by a U.S.-backed Afghan militia commander, he couldn't stand by and do nothing. Neither could Special Forces Sgt. First Class Charles Martland. According to The New York Times, together they threw the Afghan commander to the ground and sent him a clear message: We won't tolerate you abusing young boys.

But for their actions, the Army relieved Quinn of his command and took him out of Afghanistan. He has left the Army since. The Army is also trying to force Martland to retire.

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter is trying to save Martland's career and wrote to the Pentagon: “The Army contends that Martland and others should have looked the other way (a contention that I believe is nonsense).”

Apparently this type of abuse, which we will not detail here, is not at all uncommon in Afghanistan, especially by men in power — even those put into power by the U.S. military. But U.S. soldiers and Marines have been told to not intervene in these matters, even when they occur on U.S. military bases, because of a reluctance to impose American values on another country's culture.

Quinn finds that policy hypocritical and said, “The reason we were here is because we heard the terrible things the Taliban were doing to people, how they were taking away human rights. But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did — that was something village elders voiced to me.”

Martland felt that "morally we could no longer stand by and allow our (Afghan Local Police) to commit atrocities."

How does this make you feel? In this case, do you think America should impose its values on another country's culture?