US military class suspended for anti-Islam views

The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Published: May 12, 2012 1:11 am

A course for US military officers has been teaching that America’s enemy is Islam in general,not just terrorists,and suggesting that the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without reagrd for civilians,following precedents such as of nuclear attack on Hiroshima.

The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it,too,was critical of Islam.

“They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you,unless you submit,’’ instructor,Army Lt. Col. Matthew Dooley,said last July at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk,Virginia. The college teaches midlevel 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 was “no longer relevant.’’ He added: “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).’’ His war plan suggested possible outcomes such as “Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation … Islam reduced to cult status’’ and the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia “destroyed.’’

A copy of the presentation was posted online by Wired.com’s Danger Room blog. A Pentagon spokesman authenticated the documents. Dooley still works for the college,but is no longer teaching,Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said.

The course “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism’’ was an elective taught since 2004. It was offered five times a year,with about 20 students each time.

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