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Danes, Porn, and the War in Afghanistan.

Michael Yon, reporting from Afghanistan (tip to Instapundit):

There were some Danish soldiers on Gib [Gibralter base in Afghanistan]—the British soldiers get a kick out of them. The Danish infantry, despite their small numbers, have a good reputation among the Brits because the Danes, they say, will mix it up. But the Danes at Gib were intelligence, not infantry. Recently, an American mission was running nearby, but our folks did not alert the Danes, who could have told our guys that they were about to be ambushed. A few minutes later, sounds from a fierce firefight rumbled over the base.

The Danes have always been interesting. I recall Special Forces friends coming home from Denmark, telling tales of the rigors of their scout swimming course, and saying that the Danish frogmen all swam like fish. The Danes would tell stories about the Vikings, but the SF soldiers were more interested in hearing about Danish women. I've never grown tired of hearing Danish stories. One never knows what they will say next. A Danish soldier at Gib told me that when he was younger, he operated a call-girl service from his house, right in front of his mom and his girlfriend.

The Danish section on Gib was just near the headquarters, and so I saw them frequently. Often, at least one of the Danish soldiers would be watching porn on a computer. When I told them that American soldiers would get busted for that, they were astonished. No, they were shocked. What?! American soldiers are not allowed to watch porn? The Brits couldn't believe it, either. We're just a bunch of Puritans to them. One particularly energetic Danish soldier had bought two blow-up dolls, and when I saw the dolls still in the packages, I thought it was a joke. But other Danes assured me, "It's not a joke. He bought those for business." Nobody seemed to mind that another soldier might be sleeping among them with his love balloon.

The Brits didn't know what to think of the Danes, except that they were great at their job. The Danes served two functions: saving British lives, and comic relief.

Matt_T:
I was going to say something about how blow-up sex dolls probably annoy the hell out of the Islamists, but then I remembered that there's essentially nothing that doesn't.
9.17.2008 6:34pm
M (mail):
I don't know about watching it on computers but my understanding (from reading and talking to people, not first hand) is that US military bases, including forward ones, are full of porn so that bit seemed a bit over-stated to me.
9.17.2008 6:46pm
common sense (www):
Americans are not allowed to have any porn so as not to insult to locals. Of course, in Iraq at least, the locals were always trying to sell porn to the americans.
9.17.2008 7:09pm
Randy R. (mail):
I thought that the religous wingnuts were the ones that tried to get porn banned in the military.
9.17.2008 7:32pm
Waldo (mail):
Yes, the right-wing has opposed the availability of porn in the military. And the right has also explicitly banned the use of prostitutes. But it's mainly the feminist left that banned troops watching porn online, on the grounds of sexual harassment. But it's illuminating that two countries that allow gays to serve openly also allow heterosexual men to openly express their sexuality. They don't seem to be too worried about the impact on female troops and unit cohesion.
9.17.2008 7:57pm
Mhoram:
Makes me proud to be a Dane.

Well, sort of. My Grandparents all immigrated to the USA when they were small children.

But I still claim Danish-ness.
9.17.2008 8:20pm
Michael Drake (mail) (www):
I imagine the blow-up dolls help unit cohesion.

Anyway, reminds me of the Police's ode to man-doll love.
9.17.2008 8:53pm
rondo (mail):
US troops would only get busted if they were watching p0rn on gov't computers...when I was in Afghanistan there was plenty of p0rn that folks had on their personal computers (including me!)...I bet p0rn made up the bulk of stuff passed around on flashdrives...
9.17.2008 9:10pm
JosephSlater (mail):
Mmmmm, Danish!
9.17.2008 10:36pm
BlackX (mail):

I was going to say something about how blow-up sex dolls probably annoy the hell out of the Islamists, but then I remembered that there's essentially nothing that doesn't.


Including ewe genitals. (They supposedly tried to get shepherds to put underwear or diapers on female sheep.) Guess they didn't want to be tempted by all those naked sheep.
9.17.2008 11:03pm
BlackX (mail):
"They" being Al Qaida in Iraq.
9.17.2008 11:03pm
Hoosier:
/Guess they didn't want to be tempted by all those naked sheep./

"AAAAHHHH--Wham, bam, thank you lamb!
Suffragette City, Ooh-Ahh . . ."
9.17.2008 11:11pm
Porkchop:
Mhoram wrote:



Makes me proud to be a Dane.

Well, sort of. My Grandparents all immigrated to the USA when they were small children.

But I still claim Danish-ness.



Me too!
9.17.2008 11:47pm
Peter Kurrild-Klitgaard (mail) (www):
I have never been more proud to be Danish ...
9.18.2008 5:18am
Hoosier:
"Klitgaard"?
9.18.2008 8:07am
Tom Tildrum:
Were the Danish troops at Gib all male?
9.18.2008 9:24am
Casper:
As a Dane, I too am proud of this story - not embarrassed and certainly not surprised!
9.18.2008 9:31am
Anderson (mail):
but then I remembered that there's essentially nothing that doesn't.

I have been mildly curious whether the custom of sodomizing one's male prisoners -- as befell French troops under Napoleon in Egypt, and Soviet troops in Afghanistan -- is frowned upon by Taliban-types.

Both the French &Soviets quickly learned that it was not a good idea to be captured alive.
9.18.2008 9:56am
Tracy Johnson (www):
The Danes have nothing on the French in this aspect:

Bordel Militaire de Campagne
9.18.2008 10:44am
Duncan Frissell (mail):
If you want to see a Danish/Afghan war film that's sort of a Coming Home remake see 2004's Brødre (Brothers).
9.18.2008 12:19pm
wfjag:

I thought that the religous wingnuts were the ones that tried to get porn banned in the military.


Sorry Randy R., but you don't get accurate info about the military on HuffPo. It's the "progressives" who are responsible for this -- because of "sexual harassment" concerns. These bans were put in place during the Clinton administration, along with bans on deployed service members being allowed to drink, and restrictions on access to tobacco products.

There was also an effort to replace the standard MREs with "heart healthy" MREs. Since the standard MREs really sucked, so that almost any change was an improvement, this effort was appreciated.
9.18.2008 1:08pm