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Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland Booted for Saving Afghan Boy from Rape


If an everyday American stopped someone from raping a child, they’d be praised! In the Obama military, they’re punished. To the shock of a country,  is living proof. The Green Beret winner of two Bronze stars was just informed that he’d be discharged from the Army in November for intervening in the brutal sexual abuse of a young boy.

Tied to posts and beds for two weeks at a time and raped, this boy’s mother pleaded with U.S. soldiers to help her. When she tried to stop it herself, she was beaten. Through an interpreter, she told the story to Sgt. Martland, who confronted the Afghan police commander. When he laughed it off, saying “it’s just a boy,” Martland was so overcome that he shoved and kicked the policeman. “I physically threw him through our front gate and off our camp,” he acknowledged in his first public statements this week.

But the Pentagon is apparently more concerned about the alliance with local officials than the well-being of local Afghans, because they’ve booted this American hero from the service. “Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong,” Martland said, “and the entire country knows it.”

On the heels of a New York Times article that exposed the years-long barbarism, Martland explains that “Our Afghan Local Police were committing atrocities and we were quickly losing the support of the local populace. The severity of the rapes and the lack of action by the Afghan Government cause many of the locals to view our ALP as worse than the Taliban.”

Despite being defended by a U.S. commander in Afghanistan for what the Green Beret called “a moral obligation to act,” Martland was denied appeal. Fortunately, California Republican and Iraq veteran Rep. Duncan Hunter is doing everything he can to keep Martland’s career intact. (Read his powerful op-ed here.) In letters to Defense Secretary Ash Carter and the inspector general of the DOD, Hunter argued, “To say that you’ve got to be nice to the child rapist because otherwise the other child rapists might not like you is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard — totally insane and wrong.”

Show your support for Duncan Hunter and Martland by signing FRC’s petition to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee. What America needs is more men of conviction — not less. If American soldiers have to look the other way when innocent children are tortured, what exactly are we fighting for?


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