Photo courtesy DVIDSHUB on flickr.
In perhaps a subtle sign of the government’s concern for its own stability it apparently cannot trust its own soldiers with weapons.
That’s the message around 200 American soldiers got when they lined up at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan to listen to Leon Panneta, US Secretary of Defense, deliver a speech. From the Telegraph:
Around 200 troops who had gathered in a tent at Camp Leatherneck were told “something had come to light” and asked abruptly to file outside and lay down their automatic rifles and 9mm pistols.
The government claims this was done so that American soldiers would be equally unarmed as their Afghan counter-parts, which is difficult to believe since it hasn’t been an issue before and this seems to have been a list minute decision. More likely is the disturbing possibility that the government believes it has run our troops so ragged that they are likely to break, so volatile that they could start shooting at any moment.
Moreover, no surprise here, this seems to be a first:
However, US troops often remain armed even when their Afghan colleagues have been asked to lay down their weapons and the incident is believed to be the first time they were stripped of guns during an address by their own secretary of defence.
Of course another theory is that the government is so corrupt and out of touch that it’s starting to experience a paranoid fear, not only of its citizens, but even its own soldiers.