TRUTHOUT – MIKEY WEINSTEIN – The United States Military … a Crusader Force?

Published On: May 2, 2012|Categories: News|1 Comment|

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  • We know that the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and other mujahideen feel that they are involved in a holy war. Do U.S . military personnel also see themselves in this role?
  • Countless armed forces members have reached out to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to express their dire concern regarding the proliferation of literature, imagery, insignia, and much more which indicates that, indeed, some do see themselves as the Christian extremist counterparts of their Islamic fundamentalist, Salafi-Jihadist foes. This extremely dangerous Islamophobia, inextricably intertwined into the very fabric of the US armed forces, has reached such a dire level of toxicity that it caused America’s highest-ranking soldier to actually DO something about it just last week.
  • Case in point: the recent decision to rename Beaufort, South Carolina-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122 (VMFA-122) the “Crusaders” and adopt the red cross of the crusading medieval Knights Templar.
  • A phrase which literally means “taking up the cross,” Crusader recalls a history of colonization and campaigns of conquest and plunder spearheaded by European Christian military orders. Spanning three centuries and starting in the year 1096, the crusades viciously claimed the lives of millions of inhabitants of the Middle East. While motivated by the secular incentives of lucre and mammon, the Crusades serve as a hideous testament to the noxious danger embodied by the foreboding alloy of weaponized theology.
  • Meanwhile, regarding “current” history, that very same red crusader cross was heavily utilized in the video “manifesto” of Norwegian terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, who claims to have carried out his gruesome attacks for the sake of advancing a “crusade” against multiculturalism and European Muslims. Breivik, who is currently on the dock for his gruesome attacks that claimed the lives of 77 people, has spoken of allegiance to a network called the “Knights Templar” and has stated that he aspires to a “crusader mentality.”
  • […] the only outcome of this needlessly provocative and unconstitutional renaming will be the egregious loss of service members’ lives and limbs and the squandering of meager strategic gains across the theaters of combat within which the US is engaged.

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  1. Jaime Navarro December 19, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Do you people even know any history? The Crusades were a LONG overdue RESPONSE to Muslim aggression. First of the Holy Land was CONQUERED by Muslim raiders! Jerusalem fell in 637 AD, almost 500 years BEFORE the first Crusade!

    The crusades were not launched to colonize the Holy land but to RETAKE land that had already stolen long before. Even then the only reason that the first Crusade was launched was because Pope Urban II received a plea for assistance from the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios I seeking urgent help against the Turks. In other words the Muslims were ATTACKING the Byzantines, to they asked for assistance in defending themselves.

    Your article is pure hysteria. For example how can you screech that the Crusades “claimed the lives of millions of inhabitants of the Middle East”, with a straight face? Losses of that magnitude due to warfare would have practically depopulated the Middle east! However we find no mention of that sort of genocide in the histories.

    Your claim that “Countless armed forces members have reached out to the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) to express their dire concern regarding the proliferation of literature, imagery, insignia, and much more which indicates that, indeed, some do see themselves as the Christian extremist counterparts of their Islamic fundamentalist, Salafi-Jihadist foes.” Is laughable, Im an active duty soldier with over 24 years in the Army and have yet to encounter even ONE soldier making this claim.

    Lastly your attempt to paint Anders Behring Breivi as an anti-Muslim crusader is wrong, his own manifesto claims he rants against Marxism and the Norwegian Labor Party. It also draws heavily from the Unabombers manifesto. He was also against multiculturalism, ans well as Muslims. It’s 1500 pages! I’m sure anymore can find a boogeyman in that! In it he states he is “100 percent Christian”, but he is not “excessively religious”? A glaring contradiction that should point to his state of mind. No this was a Right Wing Terrorist attack, with some references to Christianity. That he chose to identify with Crusaders shows that he felt these were the only people that stood up to radical Islam. That is his view and not necessarily defining of Christianity then or today. Even if he is a “Christian Terrorist” he’s one person, how many thousands of Jihadists are already engaged in real warfare against the West?

    Your secular progressive views are exactly what the Jihadists hate, if you were ever to confront one you better hope (or pray) that they see you as the useful idiot that you are, and offer you your life as a Dhimmi. I personally dont think they will do that, instead they will probably execute you like they do any other Kaffir they encounter.

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