Do universal human values that shun sexual abuse of minor children matter? Or, are such norms only parochial, and thus require our military personnel serving in other countries to ignore young pleas for help when heard? Do military rules that ensure passivity inspire in our men a commitment to serve? Or do they inflame a sense of indignation that we are not defending our nation’s values? Two congressmen propose we do what is still noble in our nation’s military.

1. Committed to serve

2. Our military has values to uphold

Via Two House representatives joined forces Wednesday to introduce a resolution demanding the reinstatement of a Green Beret who faces discharge for roughing up an Afghan police commander and rapist.

GOP Reps. Vern Buchanan and Duncan Hunter want war hero Sgt. First Class Charles Martland to not only remain in the service, but to receive commendation for his actions.

Martland currently faces discharge for confronting an Afghan commander after hearing that the commander chained a boy to his bed to keep as a sex slave. The commander admitted he had raped the boy and subsequently beat his mother for informing the U.S. military.

“The only people who should be punished are the ones who condoned a policy of ignoring child rape on a U.S. military base,” Buchanan said. “It’s bad enough if we were ignoring this type of barbaric and savage behavior, it’s even worse if we are punishing American heroes who try to stop it.”

The House resolution is non-binding, but would send a strong message to the Pentagon. Via



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