Wired Danger Room has broken a story about the U.S. Military training officers in “total warfare” against Islam:
The U.S. 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, according to documents obtained by Danger Room. Among the options considered for that conflict: using the lessons of “Hiroshima” to wipe out whole cities at once, targeting the “civilian population wherever necessary.”
The course, first reported by Danger Room last month and held at the Defense Department’s Joint Forces Staff College, has since been canceled by the Pentagon brass. It’s only now, however, that the details of the class have come to light. Danger Room received hundreds of pages of course material and reference documents from a source familiar with the contents of the class.
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently ordered the entire U.S. military to scour its training material to make sure it doesn’t contain similarly hateful material, a process that is still ongoing. But the officer who delivered the lectures, Army Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley, still maintains his position at the Norfolk, Virginia college, pending an investigation. The commanders, lieutenant colonels, captains and colonels who sat in Dooley’s classroom, listening to the inflammatory material week after week, have now moved into higher-level assignments throughout the U.S. military.
For the better part of the last decade, a small cabal of self-anointed counterterrorism experts has been working its way through the U.S. military, intelligence and law enforcement communities, trying to convince whoever it could that America’s real terrorist enemy wasn’t al-Qaida — but the Islamic faith itself. In his course, Dooley brought in these anti-Muslim demagogues as guest lecturers. And he took their argument to its final, ugly conclusion.
Most of know already the “wink, wink — nudge, nudge” meaning behind much of the terrorism rhetoric of the last 12 years. Underlying all the claims and justifications posed for war, is the knowledge that a clash of cultures is really the reason. One culture is steeped in an ancient religious ideology, the other — just as bad. Both overlook centuries of peaceful co-existence, and instead have embarked upon extreme fundamentalism.
At the top, “moderate” politicians have sought to temper this extremism with some success, but that depends on specifically “who” you’ve chosen to identify with. Either “side” emphasis their particular brand of “rightness” and justification for “total war”, playing upon ignorance, fear and misunderstanding — while conveniently overlooking the incredible history of occupation.
They “wonder” at the response of the “enemy”, who has resorted to attacks and bursts of extreme violence, but rarely are they found the question the real reasons.
The rest of us on Planet Earth, rooted in sanity and reason, are not fooled. Nobody who has had their land invaded, their children murdered or their resources stolen, would stand silently by (unless they’re being highly paid, something that Saudis and other Middle Eastern countries are doing).
But we are also aware that it is not that simple. This was also the message being taught by the now-cancelled training course:
“We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam,’” Dooley noted in a July 2011 presentation (.pdf), 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.”
Christianity has been at war with Islam since the 7th century, each vying for control of the minds of billions and the resources they occupy.
It is noteworthy that you could replace the word “Islam” or “Muslim” with “Christianity” or “Christian”, you’d come up with exactly the same set of arguments and “justifications”. Read this post for an example. Simply replace the events depicted with drone attacks, rendition and torture, etc.
I have always found this to mean that the “rightness” of war to be terribly wrong. But laying aside ideology for a moment, the moral absence of humanity in both parties is what I find the most appalling of all.
I have many times written that humans do not have the right to abuse one another, yet this is exactly “what we do”. It is actually a characteristic that defines “as humans”. We are swift to kill, oppress, occupy, enslave, abuse, attack — actions which speak louder then ALL the words we can possibly convey or our religions. I do not care if your Holy Book is the Koran or the Bible or the Torah or The Sayings of Mickey Mouse, our willingness to resort to bloodletting and violence over our particular ideology and “rightness” of our causes is downright horrifying.
If you have never truly read up on the horrors of war — then you should, because it is an eye-opener for sure. Even the most “religious” is capable of extreme acts of violence and depravity, behaving and acting in ways which would shame us all. This is not something we ought to regulate to World War II or Vietnam (from an American perspective), but something that is still happening right now as I write these very words.
Those of who have NOT had to engage or deal with this horror are real and truly blessed. We’re actually the lucky few in reality, most of the world has undergone an endless series of wars and occupations. However, we are not immune, even here in the United States, war has occurred many times before. We’ve fallen victim to the belief that we can fight our incessant wars “over there” instead of right here. The total already “fought” or presently engaged in should shock you (several hundred).
We are taught to believe that “democracy” is the pathway to peace — yet this isn’t true either. Democracies very often go to war with each other. Combine this list with other wars all over the world, and it becomes thousands of conflicts, millions upon millions dead.
War IS what we do. America is an world-class expert at exporting death (we have the largest arms trade in the world). But even “better” then this has been our willingness to engage in war directly.
Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in the following 69 countries (more than one-third of the countries of the world):
We have been divorced from this awareness due to our attention-alienated culture, enamored with the mundane and profane instead. We prefer to forget what we are. But forgetting the real reasons we war each other is wrong.
We mine, we bomb, we pollute, we steal, we kill, we poison and we destroy – Forests, oceans, lakes, mountains, land, the air and our very souls.
Everytime we go to shop, fill up our cars with gas, use any convenience that we associate with modern life. There is a price to be paid, someone will die or has died due to you your consumption. Think of the rivers of blood that have been spilt over land, water, power and oil. And the rivers of blood that will be as we begin our climate descent. Today’s consumption and gratification means that someone, somewhere else will suffer and probably die.
Large parts of the world have been built on the backs of slave labour, including America and resource exploitation and the decimation of local/indigenous peoples.Civilization is inherently brutal and being a ‘civilized person’ is actually being complicit in mass murder – genocide and ecocide. We deny this reality though, people choose to ignore this reality, absolve themselves of any blame, blame the banksters, the governments, the idiots in charge, anyone but themselves.When you stone a child, does it matter whether you have thrown a smaller stone?
Because this is exactly what we do, on a day to day basis. It is the root cause of the evils that we face in the world, the scars of death and murder, the trail of blood we leave is palpable in our very souls. It rots us from within.
No wonder then that denial is such a wonderful option. Living in our bubble is much better then ever admitting our role in civilization. We are a rapacious and greedy species, with an infinite blood lust. So remember this when you have your next meal, your next dose of medication, the next movie you watch or the next time you surf the web – Your existence has led and will lead to the deaths of many – take a pause and reflect.Many times at night, this keeps me awake.
I drown my sorrows over large amounts of whisky. Their is a madness in this world, one I can not relate too. We all like to think we are better, good, kind, generous. In reality, I am just a cold blooded killer. I don’t even know who I’ve brought suffering too, I just carry on though, as a hypocrite and a charlatan.
So the next time you are happy from consumption or think you are happy? Ask yourself this – what blood price had to be paid to cause that happiness? Suffering brings us a deep connection – to the reality of our world and to ourselves. The unhappiness, the existential torment and emptiness is a sign from the earth – why do you kill me child? Why do you destroy that which bore you, why do you lust for your brother’s heart?
This is my 2009 post on this subject, still as valid as ever, because nothing has changed: Death Becomes U.S.
I do not expect religious ideology to change — except for the worse. Under G.W. Bush, things got pretty bad and not just here, but in the Muslim world too. Since his exit, nothing has improved. Some of the rhetoric (here) has toned down some, but the bloodletting never stopped. Under Obama, we’ve seen even more war and death by decree, part of the American Jihad against “everything” it seems. This latest school of indoctrination, while supposedly “stopped” (you cannot stop belief), is just one example of many classes of indoctrination that have been going on. The locker room rhetoric hasn’t change a bit — America is indeed in a religious war. We all know it. Anybody that doesn’t believe this hasn’t examined the mind-control that has been going on.
I think killing each other over religious ideology just shows how utterly false these religions really are. But full-disclosure here requires me to make mention that killing each other over stolen lands, bombed out houses and murdered children is EXACTLY what I myself would do if that were to happen to me. I would engage in total war against my oppressors, sacrificing my own life in a heartbeat, religious ideology be damned. But this shows what should be obvious — we all want the same things, and we would all do what we had to in order to protect it.
America has a right to defend itself, but that happens HERE, not someplace else. Sorry, I don’t buy the mantra that we must do it elsewhere, we simply do not have the right to tell other people how to live, or engage in corporate-sponsored wars so that we can live off the backs of others. Sure, our life here would be only slightly different, no doubt about it. The rest of the world would have never heard of McDonalds or Coca-Cola, but so what? These mega-corporations don’t need to get any bigger, there’s still plenty of people in the rest of the world to sell their crap to.
Moreover, the American War Machine would be seriously diminished, but frankly, I’m all for that, they’re helping bankrupt the entire country. The “jobs” they provide don’t even come close to the military expenditures that is bleeding us all dry.
They’re turning against us now, calling free-thinking Americans “terrorists” and “enemies of the state” because we simply refuse to buy into their brand of bullshit. Well, quite frankly, fuck them. Freedom isn’t about “safety” and being constantly coddled, groped and “protected” by the nanny state dressed up in uniforms. Freedom is about individual LIBERTY, and being left alone. Retaining the right to live — without being bombed into smithereens, no matter what your ideology is, or what country you live in.
The State, as in American Empire, has decided that leaving Americans alone is the LAST thing they want to do now. Their bringing their bullshit terrorism here to the home front, deliberately and with extreme malice. “Homeland” now means fascist fanatics get to grope your balls and fondle your wife’s breast. They’re even checking your daughters underwear! Where is the morality or justification in any of this?
I am absolutely, positively and forever disgusted at the willingness of Americans to be brainwashed into accepting the fascist police state — you know — the Homeland where “freedom reigns” and where our brothers and sisters in arms are off blowing shit up to ensure that it all remains “safe and protected”. What crap this line of thinking is. I am not one bit more “protected”, more free, more at liberty or more safe by any of these actions then if none of it had never happened. I am in fact, much worse off now and so is the rest of the entire world.
These actions have destroyed respect, trust, sovereignty, cooperation and compassion. “Understanding” has come to mean “our way or death”.
I have NO illusions that I am the enemy. I am absolutely CERTAIN that there are enemies out there that would kill me in foreign lands — but quite frankly, I don’t go there and I don’t live there and I don’t ever intend to visit. They are not my concern, and I do not want my fellow Americans going their either, trying to force their ideology on their way of life. It’s none of our damned business and never will be. This is THEIR liberty and their sovereignty, if they want to change it or leave it as it is, then it’s also THEIR business, not ours.
The wars that are being fought are because we keep dicking around in their shit, stealing their resources and forcing our way of life upon their beliefs, people, culture and government. We search for reasons and justifications and even ideologies that give us this supposed “right” to act like bullies, telling them what to do, and if they don’t like it, justifying why we can simply kill them instead, flouting international laws and treaties.
The peace many of us enjoy here is not because we are being “protected” — it’s because we’re being left the fuck alone.
It’s all bullshit, every bit of it. We should be minding our own damned business and taking care of ourselves, helping out where we are ASKED and leaving everyone else alone. Those invisible but well-known lines we draw around countries, people, religions and politics are fucking imaginary inventions — and stupid beyond belief — but not so invisible that you would not know they weren’t there, they glow like neon targets in our minds eye as we drop the bombs and pull the triggers.
Yeah, I’m pissed. The rhetoric never seems to stop — and people are dying because of it.
What an incredible waste this all is.