FRONT ROYAL, VA — Afghanistan is an old war.
Does anyone remember why we're there?
Hamid Karzai knows: we're there to make him rich, powerful, and — oh yes, we forgot: the leader of a robust, American-imposed Afghan democracy.
Are we there yet?
Well, it's a long, hard slog.
In the meantime, let's take a closer look at the "democratic" Afghan way of life we're defending.
Is there a bright side?
We might wince as the Afghan army's finest shoot up a few more American soldiers, but progress does come at a price.
Nonetheless, the progress is there for everyone to see.
Funny that the Pentagon doesn't boast about it.
Yes, southern Afghanistan has progressed, all right, leapfrogging even the United States in the field of child sexual liberation.
In Pashtun, it's called "Bacha Bazi."
When our soldiers aren't being targeted by terrorists, they're being targeted by pederasts.
Translated, it means "boy player" — and it refers to Afghanistan's age-old tradition of pederasty that prevails throughout large parts of the country.
It's so pervasive that many younger men among the U.S. forces (sorry, no women need apply) are approached by older Afghans hopeful of liberating the youthful American libidos.
It's curious. When our soldiers aren't being targeted by terrorists, they're being targeted by pederasts.
Obama might be trying to get more gays into the military, but they'll have a lot of competition in Baghlan Province, where "whoever wants to show off should have a boy."
That gem comes from Baghlan's boy-toy fan Ena Yatullah, a 42-year-old man described in Joel Brinkley's groundbreaking report that first brought this gruesome practice to light some four years ago.
American progressives have much to learn from their Afghan counterparts.
Transgender grade-schoolers? No problem! Young Afghan "dancing boys" dress up as girls at village parties, without a single complaint to the tribal chief from an outraged parent.
They dance. "Leering middle-age men" throw money at them, and then take them home.
You Are Funding Karzai's Comfortable Corruption
"The Dwarfs are for the Dwarfs"
C.S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia
Why does the Rubble conduct this unlovely foray into Pashtun perversion?
After all, "Who am I to judge?"
Well, American progressives haven't yet reached the soaring heights of Afghan's Bacha Bazi, but they're getting close.
In 2011, Matt Barber of Lifesite News attended a Maryland conference where American pedophiles complained that they were "unfairly stigmatized and demonized" by society. Attendees argued that children are capable of consenting to sex, and that an adult's desire to join in on the fun is "normative."
Wait a minute. Doesn't that imply norms?
And aren't such norms merely outworn remnants of a bygone age of oppressive moralism?
Clearly Mr. Karzai thinks so.
If civilized norms applied, he would be grateful for America's invasion and occupation that made it possible for him to rise to the presidency of Afghanistan's new "democracy."
Normally, Karzai would cheerfully cooperate with the country that had gave him the power to rake in billions.
After all, Secretary Hillary Clinton promised him billions more in coming years (our money, not hers), even though Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
Karzai values the plunder, of course, but he also values his life. So on February 13, he released some 65 Taliban detainees whom the U.S. forces considered to be terrorists.
"Afghanistan is a sovereign country," Karzai huffed, when U.S. officials complained. "I hope that the United States will now begin to respect Afghan sovereignty."
Does he mean it?
No. Karzai is lying.
Secretary Hillary Clinton promised [Karzai] billions more in coming years (our money, not hers), even though Afghanistan is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
Shocking, isn't it?
Karzai wants the U.S. to keep buying him off while he works both sides of the fence to make his deal with the Taliban regarding Afghanistan's post-American future.
And there too, Afghanistan has its own norms.
They're grotesque, like Hachi Bazi.
Najibullah, the last Afghan puppet "leader" installed by an occupying invader, was drawn, quartered, emasculated, and hanged when the Soviets pulled out of Kabul.
As I recall, they dragged him through the streets behind a pickup, too.
In Afghanistan, that's the norm. And that's why Karzai will keep taking U.S. "humanitarian" aid, stealing as much of it as he can.
Meanwhile, no one at the Pentagon, AID, or the State Department knows how much money we've spent in Afghanistan.
That's the norm too.
"Don't Tase Me, Bro!"
In the past ten years, American money and blood have been spent liberally in the cause of exporting democracy to a corrupt and unwilling world.
It has become a farce — a farce with dire consequences.
As presidents Bush and Obama have conducted a "democratic" charade abroad, democracy has also become a racket here at home.
In 1787 Benjamin Franklin said that America's Founders had given us "a republic, if you can keep it."
... no one at the Pentagon, AID, or the State Department knows how much money we've spent in Afghanistan.
A republic? Limited government? Responsible to a virtuous, vigilant people?
Montesquieu and Tocqueville are dead white guys with names that are too hard to spell anyway.
And the Constitution — isn't that something up there on the shelf next to Grampa's Bible — untouched by human hands for generations?
Bold ignorance struts and swaggers across the stage. An Obama appointee to a federal court in Virginia who can't tell the Constitution from the Declaration of Independence blithely overturns Virginia's constitutional affirmation of the nature of marriage.
Well, "what difference, at this point, does it make?
Not much, apparently.
Hey, why is democracy better than tyranny, anyway? Isn't that a value judgment?
Meanwhile, a powerful Taser of Tyranny paralyzes Americans while our beloved republic disintegrates before our eyes.
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Christopher Manion is Director of the Campaign for Humanae Vitae™, a project of the Bellarmine Forum. He served as a staff director on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for many years. He has taught in the departments of politics, religion, and international relations at Boston University, the Catholic University of America, and Christendom College. This column is sponsored by the Bellarmine
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