Friday, August 26, 2011

US Marines passing gas offends Afghans

 Afghanistan - Audible farting has been banned for some Marines downrange because it offends the Afghans. I know there are many things in the Afghan culture that don’t seem normal to Americans and it’s hard to spend seven months working in someone else’s back yard.  Still, the Marines I saw downrange are doing a pretty good job at trying to do the right thing around the Afghans. They’re not supposed to cuss because it could be misunderstood (that one goes out the window a lot). And they stay away from talking about politics, religion or girls because those topics could escalate into major disagreements (they can’t communicate anyway because of the language barrier). So, for all Marines getting ready to go downwind, I mean downrange, be forewarned - you may have to hold it in - at least until you get back to your hooch where you can loudly crop dust your friends. More