- - Sunday, September 27, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

In World War II, America sent its finest men and women to oppose Hitler’s tyranny. Had we not responded to Winston Churchill’s pleas for the United States’ involvement, it is conceivable that Europe, and certainly many more of the Jewish people, would have perished under the Nazis. We fulfilled a moral obligation to humanity, as the American military has done throughout our history.

Today, our armed forces do the same in support of oppressed people around the world. So how is it that when Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland fills a moral obligation to protect a young Afghan, he is discharged (“U.S. military indifference to Afghan sex abuse led boy to kill three Marines,” Web, Sept. 22)? According to reports, after learning that an Afghan police commander had raped a young boy and then assaulted the boy’s mother, Sgt. Martland shoved the rapist to the ground.

Sgt. Martland is a decorated hero. He acted in a moral way that is in keeping with the highest standard of the American military. It is patently absurd to say the violation of the Afghan child is just a part of the local culture. In some Islamic cultures, murdering Christians is acceptable. Would we ask our troops to stand down if they witnessed this occurring?

President Obama, reinstate this decorated hero. As a father, you should understand the rage that would erupt (and justifiably so) upon learning of this brutality toward children, regardless of accepted local cultural values.

ED MULVANEY JR.

Anniston, Ala.


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