Better Viagra than Vendetta

If things are quiet on the Afghan front, maybe it’s not just the winter weather setting in. Interrogators¬† are offering a new weapon in their desire to develop relationships with the warlords of the day. It’s hard to imagine a worse tool for this than Abu Ghraib, or a more unusual one than

giving warlords bottled erections.

Money and guns are the gold standard.¬† If you have money, you can buy more than your enemy. If you have guns you can kill your enemy. Each results in more power. But Afghanistan is a “been there/done that” war. We’ve already given Afghan warlords money and we provided excellent weaponry. What’s left?

Another common offer is medical care, either for the man of the hour or a family member. A job for his wife. An education for his children. An organ transplant, so he can live to see them grow up, if, to paraphrase my mother, Allah‘s willing and the creek don’t rise.

As low as that makes me feel, I remind myself that these are up-front offers. Extortion, yes, but honest extortion. When it comes right down to it, is Viagra worse. Different? We can’t save everyone.

I keep thinking of the women married to this old man. Are their smiles as big as his? Do they sing when they do their daily chores? Or is a young girl being forced to lie with a man she’d been assured was impotent?

Viagra for Warlords. After all, power begins at home.

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2 thoughts on “Better Viagra than Vendetta

  1. It’s quite possible that one of these warlords is married to a teenage girl who accepted his proposal under pressure from her parents. It’s ugly but is it any uglier than Elliot Spitzer using public money to buy a personal escort?
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    • Yes. My objection isn’t to using public funds, but the private heaven or hell we don’t think about while we play God. Spitzer and a personal escort entered into a business contract. He paid for that illegally, with public funds. But we didn’t give Spitzer a government credit card and tell him to go buy a consort.

      I understand that the Viagra-recipient is probably legally wed to these women. It’s possible that his fertility will increase their public standing–I don’t know about that aspect. Perhaps his wives have born the brunt of his ill-temper since he lost his erections, and the magic beans will create a home where they all live happily ever after. The not knowing bothers me. The government and the media not caring really bothers me. So many people are quick to point fingers at how women are treated in Afghanistan, and rightfully so. In this article, they sound like drunken frat boys. By offering them drugs and a chance to get laid, they can get them to write their term papers.

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