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A Wasted Death In Afghanistan?

Jonathan Couturier was driving in a vehicle in Afghanistan when suddenly the care was shaken by a violent explosion and within minutes the young Canadian solider was dead. His body was returned to Canada where angry members of the family lambasted the Afghanistan mission and said the young man lost his life for a cause he had come to believe was hopeless to achieve. Observers note a strange hush in Canada over the Afghan mission with most sympathy and feeling reserved for families of those who died while in the armed forces. Prime Minister Stephen Harper tends to avoid making statements as though he wanted the entire matter to disappear from the political scene.

Nicolas Couturier told the media his son had come to feel, “that war over there” had come to be “a bit useless–that they were wasting their time over there.” The overall impression of family members is that Jonathan didn’t really want to go to Afghanistan, but it was his job and he went were he was sent to serve.

It was just another death in the afternoon. Prime Minister Harper will proceed with his political life, the family will endure pain, and the mess in Afghanistan remains a mess.

Canadian Soldiers Witnessed Rape Of Afghan Boys!

The International Criminal Court has been urged to investigate the rape of young Afghan boys by members of the Afghan army and local interpreters working for Coalition forces. In a story published in The Toronto Star, former Canadian soldier, Tyrel Braaten, said during his tour of duty in Afghanistan he witnessed Afghan interpreters brining young boys inside buildings of Forward Operating Base Wilson where the children were sodomized by the interpreters and soldiers. Professor Michael Byers of the University of British Columbia stated bluntly: “We’re spending $18 billion on this mission in Afghanistan” and “the rape of children in a conflict zone is as least as serious as the torture of that young Somalian during the Canadian mission there.”

Afghan’s Ambassador to Canada admitted the Ministry of defense is ware of allegations leveled by Braaten and others, but will not act until there has been an investigation that proves charges are valid. The Canadian Forces National Investigative Service is also checking into the charges.

Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch says it is common knowledge young boys are treated this way in many areas in Afghanistan. “It’s the great dichotomy of Afghanistan, homosexuality is treated as a cardinal sin, but it’s still common for m en to hve sex with boys.” There is something wrong with aiding a nation which punishes homosexuality and degrades women, but believes it is OK to brutalize young boys.