Why was the US military teaching 'total war' on Islam?

 
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey speaks during a press briefing 10 May 2012 Martin Dempsey has ordered an investigation into how the class was approved for teaching

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America's top military officer has condemned a course taught about Islam at one of America's top military schools as "totally objectionable".

It is not surprising. The story, first broken by Wired, is fairly astonishing, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, must be furious.

The course taught officers there was no such thing as moderate Islam and that they should consider the religion their enemy.

It advocated "total war" against all the world's Muslims, including possible nuclear attacks on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the wiping out civilian populations.

The Pentagon has confirmed the course material found on their website is authentic.

'Something weird'

As far as I can see this is not intended in any sense as a rather sick academic exercise in stretching the bounds of what could be thought. It is actually what the officer teaching it believes.

In other words: completely nutty stuff that would disgrace the wilder fringes of the blogosphere.

So, not surprisingly, Gen Dempsey has ordered a full investigation into what other US military schools might be teaching about the religion.

The voluntary course aimed at senior officers was taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, for a year.

Gen Dempsey described the course as "counter to our values of appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness" and "just objectionable, academically irresponsible".

It came to light when one of the officers on the course complained last month. There is now an investigation into how the course was approved and why it was part of the curriculum.

A lieutenant colonel has been suspended from teaching, but for the moment keeps his job. The Pentagon hopes a full report will be out by the end of the month.

What does seem rather surprising is that all those commanders, captains and colonels must have sat through the course and not felt the need to tell someone that something rather weird was going on.

 
Mark Mardell, North America editor Article written by Mark Mardell Mark Mardell North America editor

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  • Comment number 1146.

    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 1145.

    1091 powermeerkat

    "1st concentration camps ever were created for Boers in South Africa."

    Wrong. As usual. The first concentration camps appeared as a result of the US Indian Removal Act of 1830. Go walk the trail of tears and find out for yourself instead of your standard nationalistic claptrap.

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    Comment number 1144.

    Negative discussions about religion is caused by an individuals own opinion or interpretation. Religion is meant to be a personal relationship with god and not a war on gods creation.

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    Comment number 1143.

    I was under the impression that there is no violence in the Old and New Testaments and then I found the tip of the iceberg: Ezekiel 9:6 "Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women". Matthew 10:34 (Christ said!) Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." Plenty more where this came from. WL won't allow me

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    Comment number 1142.

    This thread now has the feel of a kitchen at a party, after most people have left or gone to bed...

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    Comment number 1141.

    1135 douro
    In 1918 the US, Canada, and Britain had plans to invade each other or to counter an invasion from the other [see Defense Scheme No. 1 and War Plan Red]. We all ended up best buddies and perpetual allies instead. Being prepared for eventualities is not a crime nor uniquely American [those treacherous Canadians, though......:] Lol.

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    Comment number 1140.

    1138. It wasn't called germ theory, but people knew the blankets were infected. However, it was British officers who first wrote in letters that the infected blankets might rid them of the pestilent Indians. It's a bit ridiculous to bring this old stuff done by a few people of whichever nation and blame everybody forever and ever for it.

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    Comment number 1139.

    1136.McJakome

    I'll be honest, I haven't really been paying attention to the arguement, been discussing "Extreme Breast Feeding", so I have no idea what you guys are talking about and just thought I'd add my pennies worth.

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    Comment number 1138.

    1092. The entire US blamed for the actions of a minority.
    1093. Japanese spies had helped plan the Pearl Harbor attack, internment was not extermination [though ultimately unjust] so the blame is over done, as with A-bomb criticism.
    Infected blankets may have been given to Indians, though germ theory was unknown until 19th C, but why not assume evil intent, Americans are evil, right?

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    Comment number 1137.

    Not only are these comments anti-american they are also anti-Muslim, it begs the question who and why this hatred was created??

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    Comment number 1136.

    1133 Golgotha
    I agree that it should not be taken too far, but this poster theorizes way too far, so you could consider it mere parody. He answered a criticism of 556 frankie, are they One? S/he said “Napoleonic Wars, ... can trace its roots back to the US, The US start wars through bad foreign policy and drag the rest of us in.” I supplied counter examples.

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    Comment number 1135.

    I have read a lot of these comments. Many of them are strongly anti-American. We don't yet know the full story but the people teaching this course were, it seems to me, only preparing people for the POSSIBILITY of a total war between the Muslim World and the Western World. No sane person wants that to happen but it is better to be prepared for any possibility.

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    Comment number 1134.

    Have you read the Koran, Mr Mardell? Are you imune or blind to the prevalant human rights abuses committed in islamic countries? Do you know what Islam teaches about us the non-believers?

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    Comment number 1133.

    1132.McJakome

    "That is called reductio ad absurdum. It is a respectable logical device used to show the flaws in an argument"

    Yeah, if you're Zeno. Normally it's considered a straw-man, not always though, it depends on how far you take it.

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    Comment number 1132.

    1117 smog in the mountains

    What you criticize as ridiculous is taking your own “logic” to its illogical conclusion. That is called reductio ad absurdum. It is a respectable logical device used to show the flaws in an argument. I have been using this against you in several posts because your “logic” is so flawed.
    1118. How did the infant, weak US force France to give them that money?

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    Comment number 1131.

    It is sad that the officer teaching this Course truly believes Isl is his enemy and he is brain washing young soldiers towards a war that doesn't exist.

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    Comment number 1130.

    1127.McJakome

    "I'm glad you qualified that. I absolutely agree that helping terrorists, even if you are one of those they claim to be getting revenge for, makes you a terrorist too."

    Not too sure about that logic, it makes you a sympathiser, but a terrorist?

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    Comment number 1129.

    1127 McJakome

    Why do you blame Muslims who don't criticise terror allegedly in the name of their religion? Why does that become the responsibility of Muslims ?

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    Comment number 1128.

    It was even more obvious when the Americans choose to stay quite at the genocides that have been committed by the zionists in Palestine..the Media has just given written evidence of what has been the case all along..

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    Comment number 1127.

    1112. smog in the mountains
    I'm glad you qualified that. I absolutely agree that helping terrorists, even if you are one of those they claim to be getting revenge for, makes you a terrorist too. Though Irish-American, I blame my own on that score: so without hypocrisy I blame Muslims who don't criticize terror in their name.
    PS To the best of my knowledge my family never did that.

 

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