Should the world be worried about the emerging “total war ideology” against Islam?
It is revealed by American magazine Wired in May 2012, that the American Army teaches its officers to “Use ‘Hiroshima’ tactics for a ‘total war’ on Islam”.
The course teaches officers there is no such thing as moderate Islam and that they should consider Islam their enemy.
It advocated taking war to civilian populations using similar tactics as used in Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well possible nuclear attacks on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and the wiping out civilian populations.
The teaching material also suggests that there is no such thing as the moderate Islam and concludes “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 Pentagon has confirmed the course material obtained by the magazine is authentic. The report says the officer who delivered the lectures, still maintains his position at the Norfolk, Virginia College, pending an investigation.
It is not clear that how much of the similar material has been taught in the US Army.
What is alarming according to BBC is that all those commanders, captains and colonels must have sat through the course and not felt anything unusual.
It brings into question the validity of claims that killing at least 16 Afghan civilians by a US soldier was an isolated incident.
This week’s Islam and Life asks: Should the world be worried about the emerging “total war ideology” against Islam?