As an American soldier stationed in Iraq, with my National Guard unit, I read with interest Paul Sperry’s article “Closing the Book on Koran Abuse.”
Sperry ends the article with this summary statement: “So the bad guys behind barbed wire can be religious””but not our soldiers guarding them. That in mind, it’s hard to see how genuinely offended the Muslim population could be down there at Gitmo, and by extension Afghanistan and Pakistan. For the most part, we catered to their religious needs, ironically nourishing the very source for their murderous hatred that got them locked up in the first place.”
Sperry’s article mentions a Muslim chaplain who ministered to the Guantanamo detainees.
It’s a small world after all.
In September of 2004, my National Guard unit was at “Fort XYZ,” preparing to deploy to Iraq. One day, our brigade’s NCOs and officers were assembled in an auditorium, and this very same chaplain lectured us on the subject of Islam. The presentation was valuable insofar as it presented the basics of the Muslim religion.
What was more notable though, is what was omitted.
The chaplain never mentioned dhimmitude, the inferior legal status of non-Muslims in an Islamic society. Nor did he tell us about the abysmal lack of religious freedom in the Muslim world. He never mentioned the concepts of Dar al-Islam vs. Dar al-Harb: “the World of Islam vs. the World of War.”…
Read it all.