it’s funny how now we get 10 billion stories about life under Taliban rule when there was none about what it’s like to live under a US sponsored Afghan pedophile warlord that kidnaps children with helicopters and is a guest speaker on CNN
we had to send multiple soldiers back to the states because they became so enraged by what they saw they laid hands on the warlords or their lackeys and that was not considered conducive to our "allies"…
it was so common, we had to tell the troops explicitly to do nothing and not assist the Afghan families who begged us to help

part of the Taliban's appeal to the populace back in the 1990s was that they banned the practice of warlords taking child slaves…
the US-based private military contractors that we let loose in Afghanistan were also involved in trafficking of children

embarrassed, the Afghan government asked the US to do something but the DoD said they couldn't due to contractual obligations…
another fun note, The Kite Runner, written by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini who had not lived in Afghanistan since the 1970s, cast the practice as "traditional" and made a Taliban leader, a participant and the main antagonist

Laura Bush called it "really great"
this despite the fact that Taliban made it an offense punishable by death

under the lens of orientalism, the practice is laundered as traditional, when it only emerged in its modern form in the late 19th century as Afghanistan became part of the imperial "Great Game"
the modern form is attributed to Emir Sayyid Mir Muhammad Alim Khan, the last ruling direct descendant of Genghis Khan who ruled an area over central asia including Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, it's said he had a massive harem of boys and girls
however in 1920, a disciplined corps of Red Army soldiers arrived and the Emir fled. During his flight to Kabul, he started periodically shedding dancers from his child harem one-by-one in the hopes that his pursuers had the same predilections and would slow down
have i mentioned that the Emir's daughter, Shukria Raad Alimi, worked for Voice of America, the US's radio propaganda outlet, as an editor and presenter for VOA's Dari Service (Dari is a Persian dialect spoken in Afghanistan)
like we call it a centuries old practice but it was banned in the Ottoman Empire in like the 1850s and the primary progenitor of the modern form we have like color photographs of the dude taken in like 1911, it's "centuries old" but like barely

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