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
“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).”