Monday, September 29, 2008
Britney Spears Joins the US Army
"'The idea is to move from punishment to rehabilitation,' said Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, one of the officers leading the push. 'It's not enough to simply lock these guys up and hope they will somehow turn into productive members of Iraqi society.' ... Some officers privately complain the program is turning them into social workers who coddle violent extremists. But few are willing to voice those criticisms because the effort is a favored project of Gen. David Petreus, the former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq. Gen. Petreus believes the country's stability will be shaped by how well former insurgents are integrated back into Iraqi society. He sees the rehabilitation push as a powerful weapon in that fight. ... Maj. Jay Gardner, the executive officer for Task Force al-Amal, which runs the rehabilitation effort, said the military believes that some detainees would need to be held for the long term, while others 'simply made bad choices' and could be freed, he said. "The thin line we have to walk is figuring out which is which.' ... The centerpiece of the rehabilitation effort is the 'tanweer' course, Arabic for 'enlightenment,' which exposes detainees to moderate Islamic thought. ... Qais, a soft-spoke Iraqi, began a recent session by telling the detainees that God created all humans, regardless of their skin color. 'God is saying, don't hate because of religion,' he said. ... Many of the instructors believe they are making an impact but concede they can't be sure their messages get through. Jamal, one of the tanweer teachers, said many prisoners told him what they knew he wanted to hear. 'I want to believe they will leave here and be good citizens, but I cannot tell what is in their heart,' he said. 'They are very good at pretending'," my emphasis, Yochi Dreazen at the WSJ, 18 September 2008.
I didn't make this up. The US Army now runs a "Betty Ford Center" for Iraqi detainees. Does Petreus think he has arrested 17-year old kids for snorting coke? "Made bad choices"? Amazing. Rehabilitation is "a powerful weapon". Laugh! When I think of a powerful weapon, an M-1 Abrams tank or B-2 bomber crosses my mind. I am so unenlightened. See my 25 September 2008 post.
Let's study some Islam. "There shall be no complusion in religion", Koran 2:256. "All people are a single nation; so Allah raised prophets as bearers of good news and as warners, and he revealed with them the Book with truth, that it might judge between people in that in which they differed", Koran 2:214. Very good. Now continue our study of Islam. "Fighting is enjoined on you, and is an object of dislike to you; and it may be that you dislike a thing while it is good for you, and it may be that you love a thing that is evil for you, and Allah knows, while you do not know", Koran 2:216. Not so good, fighting. "So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them", Koran 9:5. That's in the book too? Yes. "Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and his Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the truth, out of those who have been given the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the tax in acknowledgement of superiority and they are in a state of subjection", Koran 9:29. That's in the Koran? Yes. "O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people", Koran 5:51. I could go on. Did the tanweer teachers have Karen Armstrong edit their version of the Koran? What's going on here? Why shouldn't the prisoners tell the tanweer teachers what they want to hear? It's takiwa, also spelled taquiyya, or dissimulation. Islam encourages Moslems to lie to non-Moslems if the lie will advance Islam. Petreus is worse than useless as a general. He's a fool. He missed his calling, running the Los Angeles Union Mission.