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New Guideline for Afghan Troops: Don't Kill Westerners for Cultural Ignorance

chowching Wrote: Oct 01, 2012 8:19 AM
Nowhere is the distaste for outsiders stronger than in the Muslim community and American`s are the ultimate outsider`s. The Grand Mufti has the influence to gather a few thousand of his followers and have them throw rocks and burn American flags. He knows that in short time a government representative begging for peace will arrive with a trunk full of hundred dollar bills. Religion is not the Issue, most of the Grand Muftis are secret Atheist`s.

 

There's been a troubling uptick in "green on blue" violence as its known -- Afghan troops turning on their NATO counterparts and at times, killing them. Now, it seems an Afghan military official and a NATO chaplain have pinpointed a cause: cultural misunderstandings, where Western troops accidentally and unknowingly gravely insult Aghan troops. The two leaders have written a pamphlet for the Afghan troops, explaining that mortally offensive gestures to them are often completely meaningless to the Westerners.

It warns Afghan soldiers that their international allies may blow their noses in public or "show their excitement...

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