Whilst i understand and totally agree with your sentiment Rodders, I think the Afghan peoples are the last reason we went in there.
But regardless of the actual reason, you can be sure it wasn't worth one Coalition life. Better to let the locals sort their own selves out and talk to the victors if we need to trade with them. That and spray the poppy crop every year with agent orange. If the locals don't want to get cancer - don't grow the poppy.
it isn't the religion as such, more the very weird (local) interpretations they have made. So many can't read the damn book (which IIRC isn't to be translated) that they rely on the local Iman to tell 'em what to believe. It's a bit like the way duty rumour gets around camp, here we have some lad who has been lifted for D&D, it's now been twised into 'they found kiddy porn on his phone when he was arrested'. It's utter bollocks (just like religion) but with no other information the gullible (devout) will believe it.
Having read the article, and after using my dangermouse like investigative powers I have deduced the following......
This bloke has left a country, where it is socially acceptable to have anal sex with as many men as you like, provided you don't tell anyone you love them, because he felt he was unable to live the life he wanted to live, which I'm guessing involves a lot of anal sex with men.
Being gay is the least of this blokes worries, He's also a massive cunt.
.....and now he's coming over here...stealing our queers....(or canadas queers, it's still not right)
Ahhh... Matelots, eh? Perhaps their reputation preceeded them to Helmand province.Must be pretty damned queer for booties to be shocked by the gayness of it. Hard to believe they , of all troops, would be "shocked " by a little transvesty and sodomy.