Fortunately, there are men and women with much better command of the English language and more moderate temperament than I have. Dr. Andrew Bostom presents an excellent essay, to accompany Diana West’s latest, on U.S.M.C. General John Allen’s sickening explanation for the continued murders of American troops by Afghanistan’s security forces: It’s the Ramadan fasting, the operational schedule and the heat, don’tcha know it?
I put my two cents worth in a couple of days ago. Dr. Bostom writes:
…General Allen in an obscene pronouncement for which he should be forced to resign, maintained that Ramadan fasting, combined with operational tempo during the summer heat, were the drivers of these most recent killings of his own troops by Muslim ANA soldiers.
What the depraved General Allen willfully ignores was laid out, albeit clumsily camouflaged, using plain language, fifteen months ago in the “Red Team” report.
Based upon extensive interviews, US and NATO troops, as the report notes, were both disgusted with, and highly (and justifiably) suspicious of, the Islamically-sanctioned practices and behaviors of their Afghan military allies, and Afghan civilians…
And herein we have an irreconcilable clash of cultures, ladies and gentlemen. It is not possible for the Western mind and heart to come to terms with the unthinkable cruelties of Islam toward women, children, non-Muslims and animals. Men like General Allen, however, are trying to ram the acceptance and tolerance of this horror down our soldiers’ throats by forcing our best and bravest to work alongside the practitioners of such barabrity – as trusted friends. Allen calls them the “noble people of Afghanistan”. Diana West has the right idea: Fire General Allen.
Dr. Bostom quotes from the Army’s 2011 enlightening Red Team report, published fifteen months ago:
…[p. 3] U.S. Soldiers’ views of ANSF [Afghan National Security Forces], particularly of the ANA, were…extremely negative. They reported pervasive illicit drug use, massive thievery, personal instability, dishonesty, no integrity, incompetence, unsafe weapons handling, corrupt officers, no real NCO [non-commissioned officer] corps, covert alliances/informal treaties with insurgents, high AWOL rates, bad morale, laziness, repulsive hygiene, and the torture of dogs. Perceptions of civilians were also negative stemming from their insurgent sympathies and cruelty towards women and children.
[Specific elaborations on Afghan Muslim treatment of dogs, women, and children; pp. 44-45] Many US soldiers were appalled by the rampant torture of dogs and puppies they witnessed while being based with ANSF units. Many ANSF members are prone to inflicting abuse onto stray dogs they bring to the base for “entertainment” purposes…
This animal abuse is a substantial psychological stressor for many US soldiers and has been the cause of many serious social altercations with ANSF members…US soldiers reported that they had observed many cases of child abuse and neglect that infuriated them and alienated them from the civilian populace. They made it very clear that they wanted nothing to do with people who treat children so cruelly. Although not reported by the US soldiers who participated in this study. There have been numerous accounts of Canadian troops in Kandahar complaining about the rampant sexual abuse of children they have witnessed ANSF personnel commit, including the cultural practice of bacha bazi, as well as the raping and sodomizing of little boys…Similarly, US soldiers…mentioned the poor treatment and virtual slavery of Women in Afghan society, and how they found such practices repugnant. They found it unpalatable to befriend other men who had such primitive beliefs; the cultural gulf was too wide. They were repulsed by the abuse and neglect they observed in how children are treated in Afghan society. US soldiers largely reported that they did not care for Afghan civilians due to these factors as well as their suspected sympathies for the insurgents…
Read all of it.
We should have brought our troops home long ago. Therre will be no possible de-Islamization of the Middle East, similar to the de-Nazification of post WWII Germany. It’s never going to happen. The continuing madness of long-term occupation of Muslim states, under the command of men such as John Allen, is destroying the morale and substance of our armed forces. It’s been nearly eleven years now since the invasion of the Stone Age Hell Hole Afghanistan. What have we accomplished for our troubles?