By S. M. Hali
Following the exposé by “Danger Room” that a course taught at the US Defence Department’s Joint Forces College propagated “total war” against Muslims; the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff has ordered the entire US military to scour its training material to make sure it doesn’t contain similarly hateful material. It is reprehensible that the US military taught its future leaders that a ‘total war’ against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists. The future generation of senior US military officers are asked to consider using the lessons of ‘Hiroshima’ in their war against Islam to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the ‘civilian population wherever necessary.’ The controversial course has since been canceled by Pentagon but its planner, Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Dooley continues to maintain his teaching position at the Norfolk, Virginia College.
“Danger Room” has performed public service by exposing the Colonel Dooley, whose course may have caused serious damage since hundreds of Colonels and equivalent in the US Armed Forces have attended the course and taken up responsible positions in the US military. Colonel Dooley and his ilk have thrown the Geneva Convention IV of 1949 into the garbage pail, declaring them irrelevant, propagating the application of “the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about “Mecca and Medina[‘s] destruction.”
The power point presentation of the controversial course comprises slides in which Dooley ridicules the concept of “moderate Islam”, distorts the definition of Jihad and quotes Qur?nic Verses and Hadith out of context, stating that Islam exhorts its followers to hate Jews and Christians, commanding the faithful (Muslims) to wage war against them.
It is a cause for serious concern since we are not talking about twisted bigots like the Florida Pastor Terry Jones, who burned copies of The Holy Quràn or the US troops who accidentally burnt pages from the Muslims’ Holy Book in an incinerator at Bagram Air Base,
Afghanistan but senior members of the US military, who form the backbone of the world’s sole super power. Pentagon should be seriously concerned how a small group of self ordained counterterrorism experts have managed to penetrate the US military, intelligence and institutions of higher learning, in its heinous mission of propagating that the enemy of the US is not Al-Qaeda but the religion of Islam. Dooley, through his contentious course, exposed the participants to other rabidly anti-Muslim demagogues, brought in as guest lecturers. With their help, the participants of the course were led to the ultimate but repugnant conclusion, evident from his July 2011 presentation: “We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam. 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.”
Dooley’s eight-week class commenced with a benign two-part history of Islam delivered by David Fatua, a former West Point history professor. He then launched the heavy artillery through a trio of guest lecturers famous for their incendiary views of Islam. Shireen Burki, who had declared during the 2008 election that “Obama is Osama bin Laden’s dream candidate”, in her lecture to the Joint Forces Staff College told students that “Islam is an imperialist/conquering religion.” Stephen Coughlin, in his talk to Dooley’s class suggested that al-Qaida helped drive the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak and Libyan dictator Muammar Gadhafi. It was part of a scheme by Islamists to conquer the world. Former FBI employee John Guandolo informed the conspiratorial World Net Daily website last year that Obama was only the latest president to fall under the influence of Islamic extremists. Guandolojustified the Crusades, writing that they “were initiated after hundreds of years of Muslim incursion into Western lands.”
In his reference material for the Joint Forces Staff College class, Guandolo not only spoke of today’s Muslims as enemies of the West. It also included a video lecture from Serge Trifkovic, a defense witness in several trials of Bosnian Serb leaders convicted of genocide of Muslims. The video supposedly shows President Obama—the commander-in-chief of the senior officers attending the course—admitting that he’s a Muslim. The US administration should not only take severe disciplinary action against Dooley and Major General Joseph Ward, commandant” of the school, for trying to heighten inter-religion discord but for discrediting the commander-in-chief of the US forces, President Obama, being portrayed as a traitor.