It was with heartbreak, disgust and absolute horror that I read Rod Nordland’s Jan. 24 article from The New York Times about blatant child sex abuse within the Afghan military. Sadly, sexual abuse of children exists throughout the world. But for the act to be condoned as a part of a culture is beyond comprehension.
I understand that military operations in countries with vastly different cultures and philosophies from our own are challenging and complex, but our own good people serving our country must be considered. The United States’ military personnel should not be forced to turn a blind eye when the most basic principles of human decency are defiled. The brave soldiers who had the courage to protest this depravity should be praised, supported and honored – not punished.
As for the perpetrators, to call them animals is an insult to all living creatures, as only certain human beings are capable of such heinous activity. There is not adequate vocabulary in the English language with which to condemn them.