Is it okay to treat kids as sexual objects or not?

I confess that I haven't been able to wrap my head around the whole Wikileaks thing.  To me, it sorta seems like junior high gossip, and I didn't have a real firm grasp on that whole scene either. 

However, blogger and Catholic writer Mark Shea brought this to my attention via Wikileaks and it is worth a look:  http://www.ncregister.com/blog/our-glorious-multicultural-adventure-in-afghanistan.  Apparently, US policy is that child sexual molestation is wrong, wrong, wrong.....except for this one itsy-bitsy circumstance.  After all, we don't want to trample anyone's cultural mores with our fluid ideas of right and wrong.  As one leak reported:  “To dismiss the existence of this dynamic out of desire to avoid Western discomfort is to risk failing to comprehend an essential social force underlying Pashtun culture which can potentially effect the success”.  Basically:  "we think child molestation is wrong, but if you wish to molest a child in your culture, we won't oppose it." 

Are you "discomforted" by this?  I sure am.

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