November 7, 2009
WSJ: Muslim Population in the Military Raises Difficult Issues (Updated)Topics: Political News and commentaries
The "difficult issues" Yochi J. Dreazen's article addresses invites troubling questions.
[...] The deadly rampage at Fort Hood is forcing Pentagon officials to confront difficult questions about the military's growing Muslim population.Why, when we are unquestionably in a war against radical Islam (in spite of Obama's naivite or choosing to ignore it - or his own loyalty to Islam), hasn't the military already addressed the "troubling" issue of having Muslims in the military, knowing that Muslims have a propensity - essentially an obligation under Islamic law - to support fellow Muslims and the ummah (... they must love and be loyal only to Muslims for the sake of Allaah) before and in place of their country? Why has the military allowed the Muslim population to grow to such a high number? And as far as "only" a "tiny number of extremists" being a potential problem, how in the hell do you tell the difference between one of those "extremists" and one that is not?
The military has worked hard to recruit more Muslims since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the number of Muslim troops, while still small, has been increasing. There were 3,409 Muslims in the active-duty military as of April 2008, according to Pentagon statistics.
Military personnel don't have to disclose their religions, and many officials believe the actual number of Muslim soldiers may be at least 10,000 higher than the Pentagon statistics. For instance, the military "Officer Record Brief" of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in the Fort Hood shootings, said he had "no religious preference" and didn't identify him as a Muslim.
[...] The push to boost Muslim representation has proven to be a double-edged sword for the military, which desperately needs the Muslim soldiers for their language skills and cultural knowledge, but also worries that a small percentage of those soldiers might harbor extremist ideologies or choose to turn their guns on their fellow soldiers.
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Posted by Abdul at November 7, 2009 6:46 AM
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