I have maintained for years that there is no reliable way to distinguish a "moderate" Muslim who rejects the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism from a "radical" Muslim who holds such ideas, even if he isn't acting upon them at the moment. And the cluelessness and multiculturalism of Western officialdom, which make officials shy away from even asking pointed questions, only compound this problem.
This kind of incident is completely inexplicable according to the established paradigms. Here was an Iraqi who was being "empowered." Who had been shown the good will of the Americans, who no doubt trained his unit and bankroll its existence, in innumerable ways. His loyalty to a unified, independent Iraq, and his abhorrence of the jihad ideology was assumed. Assumed at a great cost.
"Iraqi soldier 'killed US troops,'" from the BBC:
An Iraqi soldier has opened fire on American troops, killing two and wounding three others, US and Iraqi officials have said.
The incident happened during a joint patrol in the north on 26 December, but fuller details have only now emerged.
An Iraqi general said the patrol had come under fire from gunmen in the city of Mosul, but his soldier had "abused" the situation and shot the Americans.
It is thought to be the first such case since the US-led invasion of 2003.
The US initially reported the deaths of Capt Rowdy Inman, 38, and Sgt Benjamin Portell, 27, as resulting from hostile small arms fire.
But Iraqi general Mutaa al-Khazraji said: "They (the joint patrol) were attacked by gunmen and the (Iraqi) soldier abused the situation and killed the two soldiers."
He said the Iraqi serviceman had been "an insurgent infiltrator". He was arrested and is being questioned.