Tuesday, May 5, 2009

How not to win friends

The Guardian's Brian Whitaker writes about revelations of proselytizing by US troops in Afghanistan:

The US military has been embarrassed by footage broadcast on al-Jazeera television which shows soldiers and a chaplain discussing how to convert Afghans to Christianity...

The US miltary claims the footage was shown out of context and al-Jazeera insists it was not. The troops in the video seem aware that Centcom's General Order Number 1 forbids them from proselytising while on active duty but one says there are ways around this – for example, by presenting people with Bibles as "gifts"... (link)
See the video here.

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