American Military Hero Won’t Put Up with Perversion — NOW He’s Being Punished for It

Written by Michael Cummings on February 6, 2016

Abductions and rapes are some of the highest forms of evil. Sadly, they have been commonplace since the beginning of time. In the United States, stories like that of Elizabeth Smart, Jaycee Dugard, and the three women held by Ariel Castro are pinpricks along our timeline. God bless these victims, and grant them and their families the peace they so deserve. 

When we see stories about abduction, captivity of any duration, and what occurs during captivity, most Americans get queasy with disgust and rage, and we call for the perpetrators to be punished to the full extent of the law. Some of us yearn for lynch mobs to exact our own justice on these evildoers, sending a clear message to anyone considering such abhorrent acts.  

On the macro level, one of the greatest aspects of United States is we are always ready to combat evil when and where we can. We fought against the tyranny of King George III to win our freedom. We fought against communism to save Europe and the Western world, and in Korea and Vietnam to free people with no way to fight for themselves. And in the last few decades we’ve fought Islam and Islamic cultures because we know what evil lies inside this social, political, and economic way of life. This is who we are. This is what we do.  

Except when we don’t

The U.S. Army is kicking out a decorated Green Beret after an 11-year Special Forces career, after he got in trouble for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a boy and beating up his mother when she reported the incident.  

The case of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland now has the attention of Congress, with Rep. Duncan Hunter writing to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the decision.  
Martland is described by many of his teammates as the finest soldier they have ever served alongside. 

But his Army career changed course during his second deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. After learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten, Martland and his team leader confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they physically confronted him.  

Sgt. Martland is not the only one (emphasis mine) 
In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base. 

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.” 

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records. 

This is an egregious example of honoring another culture for its own sake, at the expense of dedicated men and women sworn to keep us safe. Not all cultures are equal. Some contain people who are mostly decent, but too many are barbaric. What we’ve clearly done in these Afghan and Iraqi cultures is handcuff our servicemen with ludicrous rules of engagement that virtually guarantee loss of life and limb, and a nearly total failure of the mission. Of the boy rapes and the many other miscarriages of justice throughout our engagements around the world, how can we live with ourselves? 

Please contact your House member and Senators, and tell them you want Sgt. Martland awarded, his record expunged of any mark that compromises his great record, and any service man or woman doing the same is in no way to be reprimanded, but actually commended, for his or her actions.  

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Michael Cummings
Michael A. Cummings has a Bachelors in Business Management from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, and a Masters in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Arizona University. He has worked as a department store Loss Prevention Officer, bank auditor, textbook store manager, Chinese food delivery man, and technology salesman. Cummings wrote position pieces for the 2010 Trevor Drown for US Senate (AR) and 2012 Joe Coors for Congress (CO) campaigns.