AP Photo: Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr.'s father Greg, foreground, and mother Marina are escorted from St. Agnes Cathedral after his funeral Mass, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Rockville Center, N.Y.. Buckley Jr. was barely 21 years old when he was killed in an attack by a policeman in Afghanistan.
Paul Sperry rakes the Pentagon response to jihad inside the wire -- more "sensitivity" training -- in the New York Post this week (must have been Prince Talal's day off).
Top officials believe culturally offensive behavior is the motivation behind the killings, so it’s stepped up Islamic sensitivity training for our troops.
"Top officials" should be relieved of duty, ASAP. They have lost their minds if they ever had any. Or, to be more accurate, they have adopted, internalized the Islamic mindset to a point beyond apology and beyond reason. Reality check: Normal, mainstream Afghan culture includes child rape, pederasty, "seven-day shit suits," cruelty to animals, enslavement of women, and death to apostates, just to hit some highlights. Such institutional depravity, however, is the New Normal to the ideological zealots in charge. They don't see it, and can't imagine the effect of it on Western troops, even when their own internal reports flag such native practices as dog torture as "stressors" that lead to "serious social altercations" between US and Afghan soldiers. These and other resounding features of culture clash are officially hushed up lest the irreconcilable differences between Islam and the West become openly acknowledged, and the bankruptcy of the past decade of nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan becomes the open national scandal that it should and must become.
Thus, our generals burble on about nose-blowing and shoe bottoms, announcing that deviations from the Islamic way of nose-blowing and handling shoe bottoms ("cultural affronts") are motivations for murder. (This is the same Islamic mind-set that informs the White House and media position that the Mohammed video is "causing" the Islamic attacks on US embassies.)
Sperry's op-ed continues:
If you don’t want to be shot in the back by your Afghan training partners, the Pentagon advises, don’t offend their religious sensibilities. Don’t kick your feet up on a table, for instance, and never ask to see a picture of their wives and kids. “There’s a percentage [of attacks] which are cultural affronts,” Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said in a recent interview.
"Cultural affronts," general? Read about the hostility Marine LCPL Greg Buckley Jr. encountered in an Afghan trainee before Buckley's murder by an Afghan policeman last month. Greg told his father he didn't think he would make it home alive -- from the war zone of his own base. He told his superior officers that “one day they are going turn around and turn those weapons on us." His superiors forced him to apologize. Two other Marines were killed in the same attack that took Buckley's life.
Dempsey has no answer to this jihad because he has been trained, meticulously conditioned, not to see a jihad. As a result, he presses more "Islamic traditions and values" (child rape? pederasty? baksheesh?) on our troops. More Islam, more deference to Islam, becomes the only "solution" he and his brother brass and civilian leaders can think of. They are all hostages to jihad and prisoners of Islam.
Dempsey echoes the concerns of Gen. Sher Mohammad Karimi, the Afghan National Army’s chief of staff, who earlier this month argued both sides need to do more to “teach” foreign troops Islamic traditions and values to reduce the chance of violent reactions to cultural slights.
“It is our duty to teach this to them. Our indifference about these issues causes the incident,” he said.
How about just converting Western forces to Islam and be done with it? Then, Gens. Dempsey and Allen could lead a Muslim US-ISAF and serve the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as modern-day "janissaries." (Janissaries were elite troops of the Ottoman Turkish empire comprised of Christian boys cruelly seized as "tribute" from their Christian parents and forcibly converted to Islam and Ottoman allegiance.) "Insider" attacks would cease because an Islamic US military would be "insiders," too.
To avoid offending them, US commanders are putting troops through intense Muslim sensitivity training. Among other things, they’ve been ordered to:
* Wear surgical gloves whenever handling a copy of the Koran.
* Never walk in front of a praying Muslim.
* Never show the bottom of boots while sitting or lying across from a Muslim, which in Islam is considered an insult.
* Never share photos of wives or daughters.
* Never smoke or eat in front of Muslims during the monthlong Ramadan fasting.
* Avoid winking, cursing or nose-blowing in the presence of Muslims — all viewed as insults in Islam.
* Avoid exiting the shower without a towel.
* Avoid offering and accepting things with the left hand, which in Islam is reserved for bodily hygiene and considered unclean.
Troops who violate the sensitivity rules face severe punishment.
Sperry does find a couple of sane military sources. Would that "President Romney" puts them in charge.
Military officials who have done tours in Afghanistan are outraged that brass would even suggest US troops are partly to blame for their own murders.
“I would like to see a public affairs officer explain to the press where showing the bottom of your shoe to a Muslim or shaking with your left hand was legitimate grounds for murder,” growled one US Army official.
They say their Muslim partners would still resent them even if they followed their Islamic protocols to the letter.
“The cultural affronts excuse is a bunch of garbage,” a senior US Army intelligence official told me. “The Afghans that know we’re doing all this PC cultural sensitivity crap are laughing their asses off at our stupidity.”
Explained the intelligence official: “They’re killing us because we’re ‘infidels’ occupying Islamic lands. It’s what the Koran and every imam over there is telling them, and no amount of cultural sensitivity is going to stop that or change the fact that we’re ‘infidels.’ ” ...
They're killing us because we're "infidels." Period. The only solution is immediate separation and withdrawal to a new line of battle: the West.