al Jazeera made the accusation that U.S. soldiers were acting as Christian missionaries in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said, ‘Prove it!‘ al Jazeera did. Oh boy, they did. al Jazeera‘s (AJE) “Inside Story” and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (DN!) report on what’s just the tip of the iceberg.
An exclusive report by al Jazeera correspondent James Bays about U.S. service members proselytising in Afghanistan has caused a stir in U.S. military circles. Inside Story asks if U.S. soldiers in the Muslim world are on a mission from God or from their government? (23:11):
The U.S. is denying it allows its soldiers to proselytize to Afghans, following the release of footage showing U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan discussing how to distribute Bibles translated into Pashto and Dari. We speak to Air Force veteran and former Reagan administration counsel Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and journalist Jeff Sharlet, author of a Harper’s Magazine article on “The Crusade for a Christian Military”.
Jeff Sharlet: contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine. He is author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, which is coming out in paperback next month.
Mikey Weinstein: Air Force veteran and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation. A registered Republican, he served as legal counsel to the Reagan administration for three years. He is the author of With God on Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military.
AMY GOODMAN: “We did call Colonel Greg Julian in Afghanistan and invited him on the program. He said, ‘We have a war to fight here,’ and was unable to join us.” [Yes, the same Col. Julian you just saw eat his shoe on al Jazeera.]
Part One (10:06):
Part Two (9:22):
EDITOR’S NOTE: Apparently, condemning genocide makes Little Alex in Wonderland a tool of Satan in the Christofascists’ sociopathic holy war. If so: HAIL SATAN!
- Probe into U.S. Soldiers ‘Converting’ Afghan Muslims (4 May 09)
- Jesus Killed Mohammed: The Crusade for a Christian Military (May 09)
- Biblical Texts and War (1 Apr 09)