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Military Course Taught That ‘Islam Is the Enemy’

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Posted on May 11, 2012
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The Islamic crescent and star atop a mosque.

U.S. officials have repeatedly said that the nation is at war with Islamic extremists, not with Islam itself. But that statement conflicts with a course for military officers that taught that the U.S. might have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Medina and Mecca, regardless of civilian casualties.

The Pentagon suspended the course after receiving a student complaint and ordered its branches to review training material to ensure that anti-Islamic lessons are not being taught elsewhere.

A copy of the course presentation can be seen here. —ARK

The Guardian:

“They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, unless you submit,” the instructor, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians on subjects related to planning and executing war.

Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva conventions that set standards of armed conflict, are “no longer relevant”.

He adds: “This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary (the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable to the Mecca and Medina destruction decision point).”

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By jimmmmmy, May 13, 2012 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

In intellectual discussions Islam is the enemy of Democracy, when using a “tight” definitions of both terms. If the soldiers were allowed to operate under this assumption these religious wars would now be over. Unfortunately, for the soldiers especially, this is not what they are allowed to openly believe. Most of the so called war crimes come out of these conflicting mission statements.

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By aacme88, May 11, 2012 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment

In addition to all the other horrors contained in this story, Mecca and Medina are in Saudi Arabia, politically (externally) if not socially moderate, and ostensibly an ally of our petroleum based-government. They couldn’t be happy reading that we may have to destroy their cities to save the Christian world.

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By gerard, May 11, 2012 at 11:59 am Link to this comment

This is not “news” though it certainly is worth remembering—that is, religious fanaticism on any and all sides.  Wars of church and state occur as century-old animosities that have been whipped into a frenzy on both sides whenever a religious faction or the military leaders of a state want to stir up enthusiasm for a war.
  Religion and militarism both lend themselves to fanaticism very easily because of their highly emotional appeal and lack of reasonable controls.  Both religion and militarism fill the need for oppressed and/or fearful people to explode by presenting them with false targets for opposition. 
  The crowning irony is that organized religion and organized state are deadly when they are enemies,  and they are deadly when they are friends. Because both demand loyalty and both are never satisfied, they will eat you alive if you give them half a chance.
  Through centuries they have managed to make temporary truces and agreed on certain “territories”
but the boundaries are fragile and both are greedy for power over anything and everything.
  You have a right to your own free soul.

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By omop, May 11, 2012 at 9:33 am Link to this comment

Its what Col Dooley practiced in Iraq.

  Quote “Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war
plan, that the Geneva conventions that set standards of armed conflict,
are “no longer relevant”.

He adds: “This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a
civilian population wherever necessary (the historical precedents of
Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable to the Mecca and
Medina destruction decision point).”


So much for “why they hate us.”

independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-the-
children-of-fallujah—the-hospital-of-horrors-7679168.html

Just one of many.
 
How can you even begin to describe a dead baby with just one leg and a
head four times the size of its body?

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