There are so many weird aspects of this story. Don't these Marines have mothers, or someone in their lives who told them as children that audible passing of gas was offensive? And the high command has to tell them to cut it out because it offends Afghans, as if such a reaction were different from that of any normal person? And unfortunately, the friendly-fire jihad attacks by Afghans that regularly punctuate the working relationship between U.S. and Afghan troops are not going to be ended by this small gesture in "trust building." "For Marines in Afghanistan: be careful where you fart," by Gina Cavallaro in Military Times, August 23 (thanks to David):
Marine Corps Times is a family newspaper and we only rarely have offensive language in our stories.
But this week the word "fart appears in a story I wrote about the importance of trust between Marines and the Afghan national army soldiers they work with.
I didnt want to write this little blog entry about farts. Its not even on my beat. But my colleague Dan Lamothe, whose byline you have seen here quite often, shamed me into it. (...)(...more)