Here’s a puzzler for you: If we’re in the middle east to defeat radical Islam, why would our own military comply with its traditions? Well, that’s exactly what happened over the previous Ramadan. US troops were forced to comply with Sharia Law by obeying Ramadan eating restrictions while on deployment.
Jeryl Bier at the Weekly Standard reports:
A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan. According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is “committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity.” But he added that soldiers should “become more informed and appreciative of the traditions and history of the people in this region of the world… [R]emember we are guests here and that the host nation is our shoulder-to-shoulder, brothers and sisters in arms, risking their lives for our common cause to defeat terrorism.”
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.
This is unacceptable. Why should our own brave men and women be forced to accept the extreme oppression of the same extremism they’re trying to fight? Tell us how you feel in the comments.