Symptoms and Common Sense

When facts are hard to come by; when you can’t agree on facts, you judge from symptoms. Not such a bad thing, typically, in the absence of agreed facts, common sense kicks in based on the symptoms you can see.

The New York Post reports that the American response to 33 U.S. soldiers being killed by green on blue attacks is Afghanistan is to, essentially, blame the troops. More sensitivity training for U.S troops is the answer to the problem. Troops must be further sensitized to Muslim sensibilities! The premise being, one is left to suppose, that more sensitivity to the Muslim ethos will eliminate the virulent strain of radical Islamism in Afghanistan! The Taliban will go quietly, if we’re just more sensitive to their needs and beliefs. Sensitivity is required to placate the Taliban of public executions, stoning and harsh subjugation of women; the Taliban of no education for women, insistent on those lovely blue burkas.


Troops are being placed in Dhimmitude status. Dhimmitude is a critical aspect of Islamic Jurisprudence; it calls for second class status for non Muslims in Muslim countries and comes with a harsh set of expectations for non Muslims, important things such as a prohibition against walking on the same side of the street as a Muslim; it’s about putting you down and keeping you there. As a non Muslim you must accept one of three options: Dhimmitude, conversion to Islam or death. The first time in history where Jews were forced to wear badges on their clothing to identify them as Dhimmis, occurred during the Islamic expansion of the 9th century. Hitler just picked up on the idea later on.

Muslim sensitivities are, to us, never ending. Make a friendly request of your Afghan trainee, like asking to see a picture of the wife and kids after having a conversation about the wife and kids and you’re guilty of a cultural affront. Mishandling a Koran can be a death sentence; don’t blow your nose in the presence of Muslims, don’t walk in front of praying Muslims and don’t use your left hand because that hand is reserved for wiping your ass. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey is leading this particular parade and the Jihadists are smiling from ear to ear. Murder enough Americans and General Dempsey will endeavor to change things in your favor. Are we fighting a war or waging a PR battle? We’re not doing so well with that entire PR thing in the Middle East and South Asia; is anyone taking the lesson?

Say good bye to the warrior ethos, say hello to sensitivity training. In the midst of fighting a war, we make room for the ‘soft Jihad’ of ‘cultural sensitivities’. Scream about civilian casualties and the rules of engagement change to a standard that creates an advantage for the enemy and costs American lives.

If we limit the rules of engagement, suspend operations with Afghan troops, kneel in submission to sensitivities we don’t share and have no answer to the power of Afghan tribalism; common sense demands the question, what the hell are we doing there?

  • Bones

    When you invade and conquer a country, I’m not entirely sure it’s fair to blame an ongoing, violent response on the local culture.

    If China invaded and conquered America, how much sensitivity training do you think their troops would need to gain your cooperation?

  • decla

    These soldiers of our Great US don’t need sensitivity training. They are working with uneducated animals! Bring them home and bomb any locale that harbors a lot of these animals. We’ll all be better off.

  • Bones

    Yes, Decla. Tell us more about how they’re the savages.

    I’m reading this sort of thing so often it’s getting scary.

  • Mike

    Yeah Bones, it’s sad. I heard one of our ‘educated’ Americans say, “We oughta nuke all those Arabs. They ain’t got no respect for human life”.

  • Bones

    ‘Nuke the arabs to show ’em how to be civilized’ seems to be a popular and growing sentiment. I find it more disturbing than I can say. Particularly in this situation, when we’re in their country, armed resistance is unfortunate, but not the least bit surprising.

    If we wanted mass slaughter in Afghanistan, we could have taken that approach. We didn’t. We went in, tore down their government, and attempted to make them a nice shiny new one. Sadly, this approach hasn’t been all that successful either, and in retrospect seems a bit naive.

  • Mike

    Afghanistan is a sad situation. It seems we have no choice but to leave and mourn the friends we leave behind. The only good that can come of it is the possibility that we will learn something from the tragic fiasco.

    We are going to be dealing with a restive islamic world for a long time, so our strategic vision has to be long. Many of our conservative friends fear the arab spring because it is producing theocratic leadership. This is a predictable and predicted result of the overthrow of secular tyrants throughout the region. Many progressive people in the region have long hesitated to advocate democracy because they foresaw this result—revolutions that would make less freedom instead of more a la Iran.

    But we must not assume these regimes are permanent. The Iranian people are probably our best friends in the region because they have been suffering under such a regime for thirty years. It’s a learning process. The people let ruthless fanatics take power, find themselves less free and prosperous than they were before and begin the long tragic and heroic process of wresting freedom from the new tyrants.

    We saw it with communism and now we are seeing it with Islam. It took seventy years with communism, and communism was nowhere near as deeply rooted as Islam. But we have a huge asset in modern communication technology if we can whittle down the ethnocentrism and xenophobia that so hinders communication and understanding. You can’t to threaten to nuke people and still expect them to listen when you talk about universal principles of democracy.