Duffleblog (the military satire site) hits the nail on the head with this one.
op Army leaders have ordered its elite Special Forces unit to change its motto from the Latin â€œDe Opresso Liberâ€ (To liberate the oppressed) to something that would be more culturally sensitive, after a large number of Afghans holding child sex slaves have complained.
â€œWe want to make sure we are not offending our coalition partners and not judging them based on our own biases,â€ said Col. Dwight S. Barry, a Pentagon spokesperson. â€œAt the end of the day, we just have to respect that raping young boys and mutilating female genitals is just a part of their culture.â€
Started in 1952, Army Special Forces chose its Latin motto of â€œDe Opresso Liberâ€ at a time when the U.S. was heavily focused on freeing people around the world from the chains of Soviet Communism. Now decades later, Army leaders want operators to be more aware of cultural differences they may not understand in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Berkeley, California.
The move comes in the wake of numerous complaints from Afghan men, who have chided U.S. military officials over previous run-ins with Special Forces soldiers unaware of the ancient Afghan custom of â€œbacha bazi.â€ The practice, which literally translates to â€œboy play,â€ consists of chaining children to beds, taking off their clothes, and then sexually assaulting them until they scream â€œbingo.â€…
Officials are currently weighing a number of potential mottos as replacements, which include â€œTolerate Iniustitia (Tolerate Injustice)â€ and â€œAd Dissimulare (To Turn a Blind Eye).â€
In addition to the change in motto, the Army band has also been directed to record a new version of the â€œBallad of the Green Berets,â€ which was recorded during the Vietnam War. An initial draft of the lyrics include: â€œSilver wings upon their chest / These are men, Americaâ€™s best / One hundred slaves get raped today / But all ignored by the Green Beret.â€