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Oof. Via Powerline/WSJ

The Wall Street Journal obtained a copy of a new Army handbook for soldiers destined for Afghanistan. The draft handbook has not yet been put into use, but is described as a “final coordinating draft” that was sent out for review in November. The manual instructs soldiers on how to get along with their counterparts in the Afghan Army. It reflects the view, held by some officers but generally deemed highly controversial, that increasing numbers of attacks on American troops by supposedly friendly Afghan soldiers are the result of cultural conflicts, rather than Taliban infiltration.

Some of the manual’s recommendations are ludicrous:

"The draft handbook 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.”

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Try to Imagine a similar set of guidelines being handed out to troops landing in Normandy on D-Day.
 
The draft handbook offers a list of “taboo conversation topics” that soldiers should avoid, including “making derogatory comments about Nazis,” “advocating Jewish or other minority rights,” “any criticism of death camps,” “directing any criticism towards Germans,” “mentioning anti-semitism or Holocaust” or “anything related to Hitler.”
 
Yeah, I didn't think so.
 

 

 

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