From Canada’s Toronto Star, May 12, 2012. Verbatim.
Pentagon course taught Islam is enemy
AND ROBERT BURNS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON. A course for US military officers has been teaching that America’s enemy is Islam in general, not just terrorists, and suggesting the country might ultimately have to obliterate the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina without regard for civilian deaths, following World War II 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.
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 Islamic extremists, not the religion itself.
“They hate everything you stand for and will never coexist with you, Unless you submit,” the instructor, Army Lt.-Col. Matthew Dooley, said in a presentation last July for the course at Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.
The college, for professional military members, teaches mid-level officers and government civilians on subject’s related to planning and executing war.
Dooley also presumed, for the purposes of his theoretical war plan, that the Geneva Conventions that set standards of armed conflict are “no longer relevant”
He adds: “This would leave open the option once again of taking war to a civilian population wherever necessary (the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki being applicable…)”
His war plan suggests possible outcomes such as “Saudi Arabia threatened with starvation . . . Islam reduced to cult status” and the Instructor has been teaching that D.S. might eventually have to destroy Mecca, Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia “destroyed”
A copy of the presentation was obtained and posted online by Wired.com’s Danger Room blog, The college did not respond to The Associated Press’s requests for copies of the documents, but a Pentagon spokesman authenticated the documents. Dooley still works for the college, but is no longer teaching, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said.
Dooley refused to comment to the AP, saying “Can’t talk to you, sir:’ and hanging up when reached at his office Thursday.
A summary of Dooley’s military service record provided by the army shows he was commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation from the US. Military Academy at West Point in May 1994. He has served overseas tours in Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. He has numerous awards including a Bronze Star Medal.
In what he termed a model for a campaign to force a transformation of Islam, Dooley called for “a direct ideological and philosophical confrontation with Islam,” with the presumption that Islam is an ideology rather than just a religion He further asserted that Islam has already declared war on the West and the U.S. specifically.
The course on Islam was an elective taught since 2004 and not part of the required core curriculum. It was offered five times a year, with about 20 students each time, meaning roughly 800 students have taken the course over the years.
Though Dooley has been teaching at the college since August 2010, it was unclear when he took on that class, called ”Perspectives on Islam and Islamic Radicalism!’
The joint staff suspended the course after it had received a student complaint, and within days Dempsey ordered all service branches to review their training to ensure other courses do not use anti-Islamic material.
On Thursday, Dempsey said the material in the Norfolk course was counter to American “appreciation for religious freedom and cultural awareness.”
It was just totally objectionable, against our values, ‘and it wasn’t academically sound:’ Dempsey said when asked about the matter at a Pentagon news conference.
In a July 20n presentation, Dooley described his purpose as generating “dynamic discussion and thought,” while noting that his ideas and proposals are not official U.S. government policy and cannot be found in any current official Defense Department.