Talk about a misdiagnosis of causation. In the new U.S. Army handbook, troops are prohibited not to be critical of the Taliban or pedophilia because doing so is believed to be responsible for the increasing numbers of ‘insider’ killings in Afghanistan.
Via Judicial Watch:
The manual is being created because someone with authority bought the theory that cultural insensitivity is driving insider attacks on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
More than three dozen insider attacks have killed 63 members of the U.S.-led coalition this year, according to the article, and some blame “American cultural ignorance.” The bottom line is that troops may experience social-cultural shock and/or discomfort when interacting with Afghan security forces, the new military handbook says. “Better situational awareness/understanding of Afghan culture will help better prepare [troops] to more effectively partner and to avoid cultural conflict that can lead toward green-on-blue violence.”
The draft leaked to the newspaper offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “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.”
It would appear that the U.S. Army is forbidding troops from using words and advocating positions that would help the latter to expose the enemy.