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The Muslim U.S. Military Experience

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Submitted by Justin O Smith (United States), Jul 23, 2012 at 17:58

Printed in 'The New English Review'

November 28, 2011

Printed in 'The Rutherford Reader'

December 1, 2011

The Muslim U.S. Military Experience

There are approximately 3500 Muslims currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and perhaps the majority of them have been able to disassociate themselves from the most radical of commands found in the Sura and the Hadith. Some have stated that they only observe and worship in accordance with the Abrahamic verses that the Quran has borrowed from Judaism and Christianity. However, it does become extremely discomforting and troubling for anyone to discern between "peaceful, moderate Muslims" and those who think deception (taqiyya) and political and violent jihad are acceptable practices in defeating one's enemy, as they endeavor to subjugate or kill all those who oppose them or will not submit to Islam and the "will of Allah."

Major Nidal Hassan stated in his infamous Power Point 'The Quranic Worldview As It Relates to Muslims In The U.S. Military' that "Muslims are moderate (compromising) but God is not." Some Muslim scholars have tried to direct Islam towards the "mercy and compassion" exhibited in the early words of Mohammed; however, too many Muslims hold to the tenet and premise that the last words of Mohammed supercede all the others, and the last words of Mohammed were his most violent. These extremists who actively engage in political and violent jihad (holy war) also believe they are compromising their Islamic values when living in Western civilizations.

One of the most recognized peaceful verses from the Quran states "God invites you into the abode of peace" -10:25. However, the following passages are some of those most accepted by the majority of Muslims world-wide, including here in America: * Fight against such as those... as believe neither in Allah nor 'The Last Day'... and do not embrace the true faith, until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued. - Sura 9:29....*When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield strike off their heads... bind your captives firmly.. -Sura 47:1....*Do not befriend them (Christians, Jews, infidels) until they have fled their homes for the cause of Allah. If they desert you seize them and put them to death wherever you find them. -Sura 4:87

Mohammed Khan left Pakistan to learn to fly in the U.S., and in 2007 he participated in U.S. Navy excercises off the coast of Iran on the USS Stennis aircraft carrier. As a squadron commander, Khan sees no conflict between being a devout Muslim and serving in the U.S. Navy, and he stated that his religion had never interfered with his duties.

I can acknowledge that there probably are numerous cases of Muslims serving honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, and there are many headstones of Muslim U.S. soldiers killed in action. However, it takes an effort of will not to wonder how many of these were simply biding their time in order to commit some act of treason against the U.S. or were already in the process of following and implementing an Islamic jihadist agenda. Remember, Islam demands a Muslim's full allegiance.

Are honorable Muslim soldiers loyal to America and the U.S. Constitution the exception or the rule?

If one looks at the Muslim community of 6-8 million within America, we find a community reticent to help law enforcement and intelligence officers locate and capture terror suspects. Information is rarely received from a Muslim informing on another Muslim. Then, when one looks at the largest concentration of Muslims living in the U.S., 250,000, in Dearborn, MI, one sees a community that, time and again, almost annually attempts to insert Sharia Law principles into their city codes, even as Jessica Mokdad was murdered in an "honor killing" near the city limits. Even moderate Muslims tend to protect the most radical within their ranks from an ingrained at birth sense of loyalty to the "ummah"...the world-wide Muslim community.

How can imams reconcile the Islamic view of dar al-Islam, the territory of Islam, and dar al-harb, the territory of war which includes all states and communities not under Muslim rule, in conjunction with the aforementioned Sura verses and Our U.S. Constitution? I do not believe they can, nor in all too many instances do they desire any peaceful cooperation and solutions.

From 1993 until 2001, the triple agent Ali Mohamed compromised U.S. intelligence as he worked for Al Qaeda. Mohamed was a former Egyptian captain turned CIA operative, who also went became a U.S. Special Forces advisor and an FBI informant. He penetrated the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, while simultaneously training the cell of extremists from the Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn that detonated the first bomb at the World Trade Center in 1993. In 1998 he trained bin-Laden's bodyguard and took surveillance photos that bin-Laden used to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Kenya.

In April 2001, naval signalman Abujihaad disclosed the location of Navy ships and their weaknesses to an online forum, while serving on the USS Benfold. He also discussed sniper attacks on military personnel and attacks on U.S. military recruitment sites; he received a ten year sentence.

Sgt. Asan Akbar of the 101st Division's 326th Engineer Battalion was not allowed to participate in the first Gulf War because of his Islamic faith, and we soon learned why that represented sound logic. Shortly after being deployed to Iraq, Sgt. Akbar threw grenades into the tactical operations center killing or wounding fifteen soldiers.

Army Captain and Muslim imam, James "Yousef" Lee was charged with espionage while serving at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was caught with detailed maps of the detention facility and other classified materials.

In Jan. 2010, we witnessed seven U.S. counterterrorist officers and one Jordanian intelligence operative murdered by Al Qaeda double agent Khalil al Balawi in Khost, Afghanistan. Balawi was working for the CIA after an intense screening by Jordanian intelligence. Somehow traditional operational compartmentation broke down, and Balawi found them all in one room and detonated his bomb!

In June 2011, twenty-two year old Yonathan Melaku, a Marine Reservist and a radical Muslim, shot at the Pentagon and other military buildings in northern Virginia. The FBI found videos and notebooks with bomb making procedures; Melaku actually videotaped himself saying "That's my target...It's going to be attacked," and then he opens fire shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is great) according to court papers.

Just last week, eleven CIA agents were outed in Lebanon and Iran, and it seems more than likely that this betrayal occurred in the upper levels of our intelligence agencies or the State Dept. These agents are now in the hands of Hezbollah and two are thought to be dead. The remaining agents are probably suffering real torture beyond imagination, a far cry from the harmless waterboarding U.S. forces utilize to extract information. I daresay that this betrayal will eventually be traced back to one of the Obama Administration's known Muslim appointees in any number of sensitive positions with access to classified materials, such as Umah Abedin, Sec. of State primary aid, Arif Alikan at the Dept. of Homeland Security or Dahlia Mogahed, advisor to Pres. Obama!

When I view the question, "Should Muslims be allowed to serve in the U.S. military" from a holistic viewpoint, there exists a multitude of reasons not to have Muslims serving, the common thread being Islam, and Rep. Rick Womick was quite correct in his assessment of our current military situation: "They are not allowed to kill their fellow Muslims; we're at war with Muslims. The only solution I see is that they not be allowed in the military... Personally I don't trust one Muslim in our military. If they truly are a devout Muslim and follow the Quran and the Sunnah (Sura and Hadith), then I feel threatened because they're commanded to kill me." Of course Saleh Sbenaty and various supporters of Islam and Sharia Law, such as CAIR, charged that Rep. Womick's statements were "inflammatory", "anti-Islamic", "bigoted" and "un-American." But, before one more U.S. soldier dies at the hands of a Muslim jihadist on a mission of martyrdom for Allah, not only should Muslims be kept out of the military, Muslims should not serve in government positions that have access to classified military information. Rep. Rick Womick should regularly be re-elected, he is a true American patriot and he only stated what many U.S. Veterans and Americans were already thinking!

by Justin O. Smith


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