As evil as I find the outright lies from the political left, just as outrageous are the attempts on the political right to deceive.
Here’s a rather attention grabbing headline from stalwart “conservative” publication The Weekly Standard.
Holy Cow! US troops subjugated under Islam! What the heck, guys?!
During the 30-day religious celebration of Ramadan, even non-Muslims are expected to obey local laws regarding eating, drinking, and using tobacco in public. Violators can be fined up to $685 or receive two months in jail. A spokesperson for United States Central Command [CENTCOM] said that “we are not aware of any specific instances of anyone being arrested” for such violations.
Because here’s the very next paragraph.
For military personnel outside of U.S.-controlled areas, the only exceptions for the rules are for those “performing strenuous labor.” Such personnel are “authorized to drink and consume as much food as they need to maintain proper hydration and energy.” It is unclear what constitutes “strenuous labor” or whether additional exceptions might be made during a heatwave affecting some areas of the region that has taken hundreds of lives. (emphasis mine-XBrad)
There are no Islamic restrictions placed upon US personnel while performing their duties on base. Basically the US is saying that when you go into town on pass or liberty, follow the local law. That’s exactly the same thing they tell people stationed in Korea, Japan, Germany, Colorado, and even such exotic locales as Alabama.
But telling your audience that doesn’t gin up outrage, so what’s the point.
It’s much like the stories going round last year about dining facilities in Afghanistan cutting back on hot chow. Yeah, they did. Because they were downsizing the posts while sending the troops home, and had to cut from four hot meals a day to three. Yes, it was a burden on some troops (not many, and mostly those in the rear- troops in the COPs were already lucky to get two hot meals a day). But when you redeploy a unit from a theater, you bring the non-essential stuff home first, and the combat power home last.
Shame on Jeryl Bier and the Weekly Standard for attempting to gin up controversy. There’s so much more out there that is a valid concern, why invent stuff?