US military school taught “total war” against Muslims
A senior US military official has been forced to condemn a class taught at a military college that advocated a “total war” against Muslims.
The course at the Joint Forces Staff College in Virginia also suggested possible nuclear attacks on holy Islamic cities such as Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The story, originally published on Wired.com’s danger room blog, risks damaging America’s already tarnished image in the Islamic world, where it maintains a heavy military presence.
The head of the course Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dooley laid out a possible four-phase plan to carry out a forced transformation of Islam, with the aim of reducing it to “cult status.”
He added that it was possible to apply “the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” to Islam’s holiest cities, and bring about “Mecca and Medina[‘s] destruction.”
“We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam,’” Dooley noted in a July 2011 presentation, which concluded with a suggested manifesto to America’s enemies.
“It is therefore time for the United States to make our true intentions clear. This barbaric ideology will no longer be tolerated. Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction.”
The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said the course was “against our values.”
“It was just totally objectionable, against our values, and it wasn’t academically sound,” General Dempsey said.
He said he had ordered a full investigation when the course was suspended in April after one of the students objected to the material.
However Dempsey’s argument appeared to be undermined after it emerged that Dooley has not been fired from his job.
US forces continue to occupy Afghanistan, as well as maintaining bases inside friendly regimes in the Middle East.
There was widespread fury earlier this year when dozens of Afghans were killed in protests following the burning of Qurans at a US-run military prison in southern Afghanistan.
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