Marines in Afghanistan Prohibited from Passing Gas
posted at 1:19 pm on August 28, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
Call it “don’t fart, don’t tell.” The rule is not mentioned in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, but a report out of Afghanistan suggests that Marines there have been told not to break wind, at least not audibly, around the indigenous peoples for fear of offending them.
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).
Anything else we can do to make the Aghans’ life better in between fighting their battles against the Taliban, the murderous group that has ravaged much of their nation since the mid-1990s?
In any case, a ban on normal bodily processes is an interesting development in a part of the world where everyone eats right-handed because the left hand is reserved for unmentionable purposes.
Finally, as to offending the indigenous peoples of Afghanistan, can anyone tell me who is not offended by the odor associated with flatulence?
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