- - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Army is in the process of trying to discharge a decorated Green Beret, Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, for standing up against a child rapist while serving in Afghanistan. Martland beat up the local Afghan police commander he was supposed to be mentoring because he was fed up with the commander’s “brutal” sexual abuse of a village boy and rape of his mother and like behavior by other Afghan officials.

While Rep. Duncan Hunter, California Republican, is trying to stop this discharge I am shocked there is no outcry from the likes of NOW and those in Congress who have complained the military does not do enough to prevent sex crimes. Maybe Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump should weigh in on this.

A one-star general reprimanded Martland after the September 2011 incident for a “flagrant departure from the integrity, professionalism and even-tempered leadership I expect from all soldiers of this command, but especially a Special Forces professional.”

Since 9/11 U.S. soldiers have been put in the position of having to tolerate customs that Westerners reject even if they witness them. One of those is the illegal but common Afghan practice of influential men using underage boys as sexual partners. In the SFC Martland’s case he and his detachment commander, Capt. Daniel Quinn, lost their tempers when the Afghan police commander near their base kidnapped a boy for more than a week, chained him to a bed, raped the child and then assaulted the boy’s mother. The mother appealed to the Green Berets to help her son. It was obvious she could not go to the police.

When confronted by our soldiers the Afghan admitted he had raped the boy. He angered the American soldiers by showing disregard for their concerns by laughing when the soldiers talked about what a big deal this was. That prompted Martland and Quinn to assault the Afghan. Other local Afghan leaders in the area were known to have raped of a teenage girl and another allowed the honor killing of a 12-year-old girl after she kissed a boy.



The Department of Defense position is that our troops cannot try to impose American values and norms onto the Afghan culture because they are completely different. The soldier’s sin was not respecting Afghan culture that considers the above behaviors acceptable. Talk about a war on both children and women. This is an extreme example of the liberal view that all cultures should be respected and that it is politically incorrect to impose our values.

COMMANDER WAYNE L. JOHNSON, JAGC, NAVY (RETIRED)

Alexandria

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