US suspends anti-Islam course at military college


Top officer condemns material saying it is against american values
  • AP
Washington 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 Islamic holy cities without regard for civilian deaths, following Second World War precedents of the nuclear attack on Hiroshima or the allied firebombing of Dresden.
The Pentagon suspended the course in late April when a student objected to the material. The FBI also changed some agent training last year after discovering that it, too, was critical of Islam. A BBC report said that America's top military officer condemned the course taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia that advocated a ‘total war' against Muslims.
Teacher suspended
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen Martin Dempsey, said the course was "totally objectionable" and "against our values".
"It was just totally objectionable, against our values, and it wasn't academically sound," Gen Dempsey said. He added that he had ordered a full investigation. The officer in charge of the class, Lt Col Matthew Dooley, has been suspended from teaching but has kept his job at the college.
The teaching in the military course was counter to repeated assertions by US officials over the past decade that the US is at war against extremists, not the religion itself.
"We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam'," the instructor, Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course. "It is therefore time for the US to make our true intentions clear... Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction." He added that international laws protecting civilians in armed conflicts — such as the Geneva Conventions were "no longer relevant".
The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians on subjects related to planning and executing war.
The story broke after a copy of the presentation of the course material was posted online by Wired.com's Danger Room blog.