Last Friday I spoke to the Eagle Council in St. Louis, where both the speakers and the audience were full of unwavering patriots. One of the patriots there was Mark Schneider, president of Gen IV Nuclear Inc. of Chesapeake, Virginia. Serving for twenty years on the ground in Iraq and Kuwait, he provided a troubling insight into an important but overlooked reason why our lengthy military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan bore so little fruit.
Schneider was with the United States military from 1998 to 2018, and in those years, the biggest threat to our nation was global jihad. After all, that was why we had our forces in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. first of all. We had a long and fascinating conversation, but the most important aspect was the following: I asked him, "During all that time, from 1998 to 2018, you were given a class or even a lesson or a book was recommended. All in all it is the doctrine of Islam of warfare and the subjection of infidels?
No, not one.
Instead, all his training was about not violating the Afghans' cultural sensitivities. Schneider went for detention operations; His cultural training included topics such as "What is Ramadan?" He and other American employees were told that they should not eat or drink during the day, even though none of them were Muslim. They were allowed to eat and drink during the day when on military bases, but not out; American personnel were prevented from consuming food while it was not in military facilities.
The other thing that Schneider and other American troops were taught was that if they were not Muslim or Christian, they had to say that they were Muslim or Christian because they were told that Afghans "did not like other religions." They were only allowed to say that they were followers of the religions of the God of Abraham, although of course they should not mention Judaism.
They were also instructed not to wave people with their left hand or ever touch anyone with that hand, as this was considered impure. Men were also warned not to speak directly with women.
That's it already. Nothing, nothing at all, why the enemy was fighting against us. Nothing about how the enemy saw the world and what he wanted to achieve. The first rule of warfare is "Know Your Enemy," and our troops have been and still are poorly equipped in this regard. They know how not to wave to the enemy, but they know nothing about his motives and goals.
That's why we are now negotiating with the Taliban as if we could reach a viable agreement with them. This is a ridiculous idea and boils down to rewarding Islamic terrorism. The Taliban were the most prolific and deadly group during Ramadan this year, while these negotiations were under way. Yet, in June, the Afghan government released 490 Taliban (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) from their prisons to persuade the bloodthirsty jihadists to stay at the negotiating table.
The desire to negotiate with the Taliban and the total lack of any training in hostile ideology are both based on the same intentional ignorance that still afflicts far too many people on the upper levels of our government. Mark Schneider's story should be understood as a cautionary tale (although almost certainly this will not be the case). During the Second World War, our soldiers received instruction in National Socialist ideology so that they knew the extent of the evil they faced and understood the mindsets of those who faced them on the battlefield. In contrast, our troops have flown blindly in the last twenty years and have found themselves in extremely dangerous situations, with no idea what they were up against.
It is inexcusable.
Pamela Geller is the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), publisher of The Geller report and author of the bestseller, FATWA: Hunted in America, as well as The Post-American Presidency: The War of the Obama Administration Against America and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to Resistance, Follow her Twitter or Facebook.
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