August has seen an increase in green-on-blue attacks, and military officials disagree on the reasons behind these aggressions. Quotes by two high-ranking generals show the obvious split of opinions concerning these attacks.
UT San Diego reports the coalition forces commander, Marine Gen. John Allen said, “about half” of the attacks have been carried out by Taliban infiltrators.” They also report what Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz said on Monday about these type of attacks,
Some 10 percent we know are related to the insurgency; we continue to believe that most of the attacks are due to other reasons such as personal insults and combat stress.
There have been 308 coalition troops killed in action for 2012, 39 have died in green-on-blue attacks. The cause of 13% of these deaths have been from our Afghan allies (icasualties).
Since 2007, there has been 101 deaths from green-on-blue attacks. What’s the underlying issue behind the increase of combat deaths from one-time loyal Afghans turning on their coalition partners? Is it any surprise there are still major trust issues between coalition and Afghan security forces after 11 years of war? Could one of the reasons behind the green-on-blue attacks be broken promises?
Broken promises, how many times have we all been disappointed when someone broke their word to us? How does it make us feel when we didn’t get what we were promised? Now imagine, put yourself in the shoes of someone from Afghanistan, how would you feel right now? You live in poverty and war has been raging around you for 11 years.
Most of us would be looking for those who promised to make life better to keep their word. No doubt there would be some that would lose their hope. Could some of these attacks stem from broken promises?
Here’s an example, we’re in Afghanistan training the people there to provide for their own security. Those Afghans injured in the fight against insurgents should be cared for when they are wounded, right? This Examiner reported in July of the continued despicable conditions of Dawood military hospital.
Several military officers told a House oversight committee that a U.S. commander “requested’ them to retract their call for an investigation into an Afghan military hospital. One of the officers said about the hospital,
No hygiene capabilities for 6-months — NO soap, bleach and bacterial wipes. Human waste, blood, feces, urine and wound drainage are being collected, spilled in open buckets next to patients’ beds while at the same time food is being served.
What if our Marines, soldiers, or sailors were wounded and put into a hospital like this and died from a lack of care? How would that make you feel? (Feelings should never move us to hurt or kill someone else, this argument is not about validating the attacks.) It’s just about trying to possibly understand the underlying reason behind them, maybe that way we can avoid them in the future.
Broken promises and corruption are not a good way to win the hearts and minds of those we have cultural differences with.
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