What are American military personnel thinking when they land on foreign shores–especially in Islamic countries–to fight?
Such a question is relevant today because the behavior of U.S. soldiers and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years would embarrass a nation of savages, and is certainly unbecoming of the world’s only military super power.
The latest disgrace involves U.S troops burning several copies of the Muslim Holy Quran at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The burnings sent throngs of protesters to the streets and military bases, some chanting, “Death to America.”
At least a dozen U.S. military personnel have been killed in ongoing, violent civilian protests against the desecration of what all 2 billion Muslims around the world believe to be literally the unvarnished, undiluted, and un-tampered with Word of God.
U.S. military official said the materials that were burned were removed from a detainee center’s library because they had “extremist inscriptions” on them and there was “an appearance that these documents were being used to facilitate extremist communications.” Well, that explains everything. Not!
American officials, including President Barack Obama, apologized and said burning them was an unintentional error, but protests raged on nonetheless. In a letter to his Afghan counterpart, President Hamid Karzai, Obama called the act “inadvertent.”
But the xenophobic, Republican, political grist-cycle turned the President’s apology, rather than yet another despicable act by U.S. military personnel, into a “Let’s Hate Obama Moment.”
Presidential candidate and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, called President Obama’s apology a sign of “weakness,” saying the President’s apology, rather than the uncivilized behavior of the troops, holds this country up for world ridicule.
But this is not the first such disgrace by U.S. military personnel in recent times. Just a few weeks ago, a video surfaced on YouTube, showing four U.S. Marines urinating on the corpses of dead Afghan Taliban fighters. And who can forget the riveting pictures of captured Iraqi insurgent fighters wearing dog collars and women’s panties in photos from that country’s Abu Ghraib Prison?
What are Americans thinking when they go so far beyond the pale as to desecrate the “rules of war” when it comes to the treatment of their Islamic enemies? Is it pure contempt which Americans feel for their enemies in these conflicts? Do they even view the Afghans-Iraqis-Libyans-Syrians-Palestinians-Egyptians-Yemenis-Saudis-Kuwaitis-Moroccans even as human beings at all?
Do they think–like Gen. George Custer before the Battle of Little Big Horn–that their enemies will be so afraid at the sight of their blond hair and blue eyes, that they will just turn tail and run away, despite the fact that the size of the enemy force was three times what it was estimated to be when Custer’s Last Stand was first contemplated? Well, Chief Sitting Bull’s forces not only killed every soldier in Custer’s force, they even murdered his horse! That’s likely what civilians in these Islamic countries where the U.S. is fighting these “dirty wars” think of Americans today–kill their horses too.
What do Americans now tell their so-called allies in these conflicts when they have so defiled other Afghans or Iraqis–believers of the same faith as America’s enemies, and members of the same culture as America’s enemies–what do Americans say to their so-called Afghan or Iraqi “friends” when they so defile the very things that the friends also hold dear?
The Islamic Holy Quran will never be destroyed, even if every copy ever printed was burned. That’s because most Muslims, especially those in Arabic speaking countries learn to recite the entire Quran from memory by the time they reach age 12. In fact, the book was not written until three generations after Prophet Muhammad’s (Peace Be Upon Him) death. It was committed to memory by all the followers, just as the Holy Prophet had done when the words were taught to him, by the Voice of Almighty God Allah, speaking to him during trances over the course of several years.
So who do Americans believe they ae humiliating by such behavior as burning the Holy Quran, or urinating on some corpses? What superior “American values” of justice and fair play and hope for the downtrodden, do Americans think they are teaching their allies in the Islamic world by such savage behavior as this?