Military trains troops to not burn Korans

| March 8, 2012

The Stars & Stripes/LA Times reports on yet another indoctrination block of instruction for the troops in Afghanistan and teaches them to not burn Korans.

Now, all Army forces are required to undertake six to eight hours of online training before they deploy, and Marines get two days of classroom courses.

According to Rochelle Davis, a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars who is writing a book on cultural training in the military, troops she has interviewed found such training useful and commanders recognize its value too.

“Over the past decade we have created a military that is the strongest, most powerful military in the world, but we haven’t been able to achieve what we wanted to achieve in Iraq and Afghan,” she said. “Culture and interacting with the populations has been one of the ways that they think it can happen.”

Yeah, culture and interaction – why don’t we have the Afghans teach classes on why the members of their military, while collecting the paychecks at least partially funded by the US kill our troops while we’re trying to help them. I don’t know how many times you can say “Don’t disturb anything written in Arabic script” in an eight-hour or two day block of instruction.

Thankfully, the five guilty parties of the burning a few weeks ago have been exonerated of intentional culpability by NATO, but I guess they’ll still get punished according to the article;

An investigation by NATO officials into the burnings found five U.S. troops responsible, but it concluded that the actions were not deliberate and were the result of a miscommunication. The troops could face disciplinary action, but commanders in Afghanistan have not yet announced the form it will take.

Yeah, if they don’t get punished, and severely, there will be more riots and violence – that’s what happens when you apologize for something when it’s really not your fault to begin with. There’s a perception they have to deal with. I understand the culture well enough to know that, even without my two-day block of instruction in a classroom.

Category: Military issues, Terror War

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  1. Country Singer says:

    The burning of Bibles and Torahs remains without prohibition. In fact, we encourage it. Signed, The Obama Administration

  2. Beretverde says:

    Great training! “Be ALL You Can Be… because Today’s Army wants to join you!” My hip pocket class- Use it for toilet paper in extreme emergencies… but don’t burn it!

  3. Frank says:

    @ GreenBeret: That’s exactly what it is – book-bound Charmin’.

  4. CI says:


    Six to eight hours……when a slide with a circle slash over a picture of a Qur’an and a match, would work just as well?

  5. ROS says:

    Yet they’re cutting back on infantry training??

  6. PintoNag says:

    I agree with Jonn; I think we need to make sure that while our troops are receiving this training, the Afghan troops are receiving THEIR training on not killing their American “allies.”

    You’ll notice I’m not holding my breath.

  7. malclave says:

    Wasn’t here something recently about how troops cannot be given Korans unless they are already Muslim?

    How are they supposed to recognize a Koran so they know not to burn it, if they’re not even allowed to see one?

  8. Aroberts says:

    As if there isnt enough retarded ass mandatory death by power point already. I dont know if it was just a 1CAV thing but before my last deployment we spent at least a month viewing power point classes and listening to lectures about the Iraqi culture.

  9. Hondo says:

    There’s a much simpler solution. Make it policy that the troops evac any suspect Arabic-language documents encountered to a safe location, perform a quick analysis for any immediate intel, evac them to Bagram, box them, and then ship them back to the states for more detailed analysis and disposition.

    I’m pretty sure we’re doing most of that already. We just need to make sure the last 3 steps happen reliably.

  10. TopGoz says:

    “The actions were not deliberate and were the result of a miscommunication.” Followed by, “The troops could face disciplinary action…” Maybe that’s what European justice looks like, but here in the Good Old U.S. of A. we believe in punishing the guilty; and guilt comes from malice, not mistakes. I hope these five have lawyer-ed up; I have a feeling they’re about to get railroaded.

  11. TopGoz says:

    Come to think of it, I’ve got a business card from Neal Puckett laying around somewhere that he gave me while we were both waiting for our pizzas at the Pizza Hut on Bagram a few years ago. Being the nice guy he is, he said that card was good for a free consultation…. Now, if only I can find it, then get the name of one of these “troops” and mail the card to them. I think they need Neal’s services more than I’m likely to.

  12. bullnav says:

    So, we are squeezing 2 minutes of training into 8 hours. Outstanding! “THIS is a Koran. Don’t fucking burn it!” End of training…

  13. CavScout63 says:

    Who says sharia law doesn’t exist in America?

  14. Just Plain Jason says:

    Sitting through a class like that would make me want to set a pile of korans on fire….

  15. (Again) the proper way to “retire” a Koran (remember, they read it backwards)
    1.) Bend down and beat head on ground while praying
    2.) Take a shit
    3.) Repeat #1
    4.) Tear pages from Koran (depending on size of ass and shit)
    5.) Repeat #1
    6.) Wipe ass until clean shouting “Alla Akbar” over and over
    7.) Repeat #1
    8.) Then eat pages

  16. streetsweeper says:

    Roller Dude owns it….