Now we learn that the mission of our troops in Afghanistan is not to free a nation from its repressive and despotic 8th century practices and mores but to preserve them in perpetuity.
Some in the military seem to believe the escalating attacks on our soldiers by uniformed Afghani soldiers, who are supposed to be our allies, are due not to resentment over our conquest of their country, but due to our soldiers being a bunch of insensitive louts who are clueless about the delicate sensibilities and cultural differences of the people they are fighting beside.
A 75-page manual has been proposed, though not yet adopted, that would teach U.S. soldiers how to properly behave.
The manual suggests:
“Troops may experience social-cultural shock and/or discomfort when interacting with [Afghan security forces]. Better situational awareness/understanding of Afghan culture will help better prepare [coalition forces] to more effectively partner and to avoid cultural conflict that can lead towards green-on-blue violence.”
This sounds like an outgrowth from a May 2011 report with the unwieldy titled “A Crisis of Trust and Cultural Incompatibility: A Red Team Study of Mutual Perceptions of Afghan National Security Force Personnel and U.S. Soldiers in Understanding and Mitigating the Phenomena of ANSF(Afghan National Security Forces)-Committed Fratricide-Murders,” in which Afghani allies “often complained of the widespread cultural insensitivity and ignorance of U.S. Soldiers. They found many of them to be extremely arrogant, rude, bullying and prone to using profanities.”
As a result our soldiers are being told, lest they risk being shot, to avoid “taboo conversation topics”:
— Anything related to Islam.
— Mention of any other religion and/or spirituality.
— Debating the war.
— Making derogatory comments about the Taliban.
— Advocating women’s rights and equality.
— Mentioning homosexuality.
It’s also probably not a great idea to criticize stoning to death rape victims, child brides (pedophilia), beheadings and amputation as criminal punishment.