Recent events in Afghanistan highlight why, unlike the military of the United States, I am Pro-Choice and not Pro-Abortion. Reporter Jerome Starkey of the Times of London was the first to report on a February 12th night-raid conducted by U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan in which they killed a local police chief and a district prosecutor, as well as three women: a pregnant mother of ten, a pregnant mother of six, and a teenaged girl. All were taking part in a celebration to honor the birth of a grandson when the slaughter occurred. Making matters worse, the U.S. military tried to cover up the story. The initial official version differed significantly from eye-witness accounts. For example, American officials denied involvement in the killings, and claimed the women were discovered bound and gagged and apparently killed execution style. Officials now say that their bodies were wrapped in the traditional Afghani manner before burial and admit that these atrocities were the work of American Special Forces. See the full story at the following links:
This incident is the latest example of the U.S. Military’s preemptive abortion policy. These women had no 'right to choose.' Although, to the Military’s credit, they did perform the abortions free-of-charge to the recipients, and paid their families $2,000 compensation (how generous!) for each death of a non-fetus. The United States' Military has also performed many extreme late-term abortions (fourth trimester through age eighteen) in its conduct of the invasions and/or occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. These abortions have been performed via “shock and awe” bombings of civilians, drone attacks on wedding parties, numerous night raids, and other egregious crimes against the innocent, many thousands of which are women and children. They generally follow a pattern: first, the military denies involvement and blames the Taliban; then, when the lie is uncovered, it offers a half-assed apology and throws a few bucks at the victim's family as hush money.
One would expect the so-called Pro-Lifers on the Right to be up in arms regarding these forced abortions, but they seem to not want to deviate from the “Support Our Troops” mantra that has been ingrained into their tiny brains. This illustrates the hypocrisy of the political right-wing on the abortion issue. They decry abortion before birth, then, after the child is born, it is fair game. The Right grants particular favor to post-partum abortions in those cases where the abortee has a different skin color or religion. If the Right was really pro-life, they would support pro-life policies such as single-payer universal healthcare-for-all and affordable daycare. They would be anti-war, anti-death penalty, and anti-prison industrial complex. The Right argues about the sanctity of life for the unborn, but once the first breath of air is taken, it is just another body to be exploited and discarded.
Perhaps the problem with the U.S. Military’s abortion policy is the use of “Special” Forces. If they used regular forces instead of the retarded ones, these types of incidents wouldn’t continue to occur. I refer, of course, to the morally retarded. It is unfair to equate these “Special” Forces to those people who may have a mental handicap, such as Special Olympians, because there is no doubt that Special Olympians have far more integrity, dignity, and morality than the murderous Special Forces.
Another possible reason for the problem may lie with General Stanley McChrystal-Meth, who has an apparent drug addiction and should be relieved of his duties as soon as possible. The monkey on his back is evident in his close relationship with Hamid Karzai and his drug kingpin brother, Ahmed Karzai, who is said to be on the CIA’s payroll as he controls Afghanistan's opium trade. Denial is also a red flag when it comes to addiction, and no one is in more denial regarding our operations in Afghanistan than Gen. McChrystal-Meth. He claims to want to defeat the Taliban, yet his forces terrorize the country with night raids, and alienate the very people he hopes to win over. To the Taliban's recruitment effort, McChrystal-Meth is a wet dream. He's also delusional; as the general makes statements regarding the importance of avoiding civilian casualties, the corpses of innocent people continue to pile up higher and higher, as illustrated by the February 21st bombing of three trucks that killed 27 civilians.
The U.S. Military’s Abortion Policy needs to be changed immediately. People like Malalai Joya, known as the bravest woman in Afghanistan, or the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) have the answers. It is time to end the occupation and stop the violence we are perpetrating on the Afghan people.