This is nothing new really.
From the article;
"In this new era of political correctness, the U.S. Army has published a special handbook for soldiers that appears to justify Islamic jihad by
describing it as the “communal military defense of Islam and Muslims when they are threatened or under attack.”
Because radical Muslim groups consider Islam to be perpetually under moral, spiritual, economic, political and military attack by the “secular
west” they consider military jihad a “constant necessity” and use it as a “rallying cry to resist and attack all this is un-Islamic,”
according to the new Army manual."
I have been involved in many conflicts, mainly against those of the Islamic ideology. We always have been taught, mentored, coached and trained to
take Muslims sensitivities into account when dealing with the locals. Culture cards have always been a part of this training, along with having to
talk and deal with Iraqis and Afghanis who have been transferred here to help train our Soldiers in fairly realistic scenarios.
But now, combined with restrictive rules of engagement…I guess we must hug those who are trying to kill us. Sorry, dark humor.
Soldiers get why they are trying to kill them. We are on their land…pure and simple. And they don’t want us there. Believe or not, we get that.
But dealing with locals vs. insurgents is a whole different matter on a whole different scale. While one is human to human contact and conversation,
the other is kill or be killed.
I know that we have had ugly incidents concerning soldiers, and when brought to light those individuals are punished. Not always to my liking either.
Oft times I think the punishment should be worse.
But the stories are rarely published where we are doing good. Stories that I have seen with my own two eyes.
This is just another Cultural card that will find its way to the bottom of a duffle bag with all the rest.