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April 1, 2011

American Soldiers Forced to Wear Hijabs

Posted by Dave Blount at April 1, 2011 9:56 AM

To judge by this picture, our various wars in the Middle East are not going well:

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From the Daily Caller:

American female soldiers stationed in Afghanistan are being encouraged to wear a Muslim headscarf when interacting with civilians. But some question whether the practice constitutes cultural sensitivity or a form of appeasement that is degrading to U.S. soldiers.

What does "encouraged" mean in this context? It means commanded.

Major Kyndra Rotunda, executive director of the Military Law and Policy Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic, told The Daily Caller that while the women are not being ordered to wear the head scarf, encouragement is tantamount to a demand.

This sort of foolishness has been imposed before:

Retired Col. Martha McSally, whose grievance about being forced to wear the Muslim abaya while stationed in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s resulted in 2002 legislation outlawing the practice of making female soldiers wear Muslim religious garb in Saudi Arabia, told The Daily Caller that the sanctity of the uniform should not be sullied with outside accessories like the hijab.
"Another thing that makes this inappropriate is that they are wearing it with their uniform," she said. "All the services have several-hundred-page regulations about what is appropriate and is not appropriate to wear with the uniform, and we have very strict guidelines … You are representing the United States government. You are wearing the U.S. military uniform, and it confuses what you are representing when you add this to the uniform."

Not to mention that hijabs obstruct peripheral vision and are somewhat less effective at stopping bullets and shrapnel than Kevlar helmets. But for the politicians running the military, the important thing is to obsequiously pander to Islamic practices, even those that represent the subjugation of women.

Get used to the look. If we don't start taking our own side in this fight, it will be catching on closer to home.

On tips from Air2air and SR.