Photo ~A proposed new Army manual says its cultural ignorance on the part of American soldiers that causes Afghan soldiers to kill them. (Reuters)
Proposed Army manual's scary message for our troops in Afghanistan
The classic example of “blaming the victim” is where a rape victim is accused of "asking for it" because of what she was wearing. Now hear this: The Pentagon wants to do the same thing to American soldiers killed by Afghan soldiers.
Instead of blaming Taliban infiltration or other causes, the draft of a new Army handbook says ignorance of local culture drove many of the insider attacks that killed 63 Americans and other allied forces this year alone.
The handbook says troops should avoid “making derogatory comments about the Taliban, advocating women’s rights, any criticism of pedophilia, directing any criticism towards Afghans, mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct” or “anything related to Islam.”
In other words, Americans should shut their eyes and mouths while risking their lives to build a nation for people they can’t talk to or trust.
That’s insane. Unfortunately, it’s also consistent with denial of reality by the Obama administration. They tread very close to blaming America for everything wrong in the world, including the rise of radical Islamists, and facts don’t get in the way.
We can never win the war against Islamic-fascism with military might and political correctness. Unless we are willing to do battle in the world of ideas in the international arena in refuting the disvalues that Islam teaches as values, such as the treatment of women, people they find offensive, and women, and a vigorous defense of human rights, which can be shown to be true, right, good and universal, then we are consigning our own civilization to the dustbin of history, and are defeated. Men … [More]