Fantastic news in regards to Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland, who was told that he would be dishonorably discharged after assaulting an admitted child-rapist while he was serving a tour in Afghanistan.
It all began when Martlan, who was deployed at the time, heard stories about a local police official who had allegedly kidnapped and repeatedly raped a little 12-year-old boy.
In addition to that, Martland also learned that, when the boy’s mother threatened to report the police commander, she was beaten up.
This was too much for the American soldier.
Martlan and Captain Dan Quin invited the child-abuser, identified as Abdul Rahman, to their camp to confront him. Before he arrived, they learned that Rahman kept the small child tied to a post for two weeks.
When confronted with the atrocities, the child-rapist laughed it off and said,
“It’s no big deal, it’s only a boy.”
Martland and Quin then gave the pedophile a beating that he likely wouldn’t ever forget, leading to the Afghani official to file an official complaint against the two U.S. soldiers.
The Green Berets were immediately told to return state-side, and found themselves facing the possiblity of dishonorable discharges.
Martland said that the higher-ups in the military had told him that the child molestation problem in the ALP was Afghanistan’s problem, and that Afghanistan would would work it out. Martland contested that nothing was being done about the problem, and that it was only getting worse.
When it was found out that the guy who put a stop to a child rapist was being dishonorably discharged, Fox News led the charge to raise public awareness, and Congressman Duncan Hunter worked to overturn the ruling.
Martland soon found supporters among communities across the nation as Americans were outraged that the military was considering taking actions against a soldier who beat up a pedophile who seemed to think that he had the right to molest a child.
The combined efforts and outpouring of support were a success as an army spokesman told Fox News,
“In SFC Martland’s case, the Army Board for Correction of Military Records determination modified a portion of one of SFC Martland’s evaluation reports and removed him from the QMP list, which will allow him to remain in the Army.”
That means that Martland won his battle with military bureaucracy and will be able to continue serving his country as an American soldier.
While this story ends on a happy note, the question should be asked why it took so long for the higher-ups in the military to make the decision not to go after Martland or why it took pressure from a major news network, a member of Congress, and portion of America’s population to get them to see the light.
What do you think? Would Martland have won his battle, based simply on the merits of the case, if he did not have the backing of strong allies?
H/T The Blaze