memo to wackos: try Buddhism for a change

Meet John Abizaid. A graduate of Stanford, he is a three-star general and a deputy to Gen. Tommy Franks. Abizaid is the man who “moves the pieces on the chessboard for Franks to approve.” He is the highest ranking Arab-American serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Meet John Watersbey, a 29-year-old Marine and crew chief, husband and father. He lost his life during the helicopter crash on March 20, the first day of the war. He was one of an estimated 10,000 Arabs/Muslims serving in the Armed Forces.
Although you may not be familiar with Abizaid or Watersbey, I’m sure you’ve heard of Sgt. Hasan Akbar (a.k.a. Mark Kools), the man who allegedly shot at his own comrades-in-arms in the elite 101st Airbone Division, killing one and injuring a dozen others. Reports said that the suspect had an “attitude problem,” after allegedly being passed over for promotion, and that he had complained of racism in the military. So he went postal. The attack was disturbing and demoralizing to everyone, both within the military and here in the U.S.
When I heard that the suspect in the 101st Airborne attack was a Muslim, I thought: Why? Why must Islam get all the wackos (Richard Reid, anyone?) I swear, the muftis should get together and issue a fatwa: if you’re a wacko, go convert somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here.

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6 Responses to “memo to wackos: try Buddhism for a change”

  1. Big John Says:

    I wasn’t a shooting. He tossed grenades into the tents of sleeping comrades. Now he says he was afraid of ‘discrimination’ for being a Muslim.

    Grenades don’t discriminate.

    I would like to say a lot here, but this is too good a blog to suffer such abuse.

    He denigrates the reputation of muslims everywhere. Luckily he comes under the uniform code of military justice, and not the broken civilian courts. This foul blot will soon be no more.

  2. moorishgirl Says:

    After he tossed the grenade, he allegedly shot another soldier (in the back) who was running away from the scene. And yes, he’s likely to be court-martialed and if convicted, executed.

  3. Erik Says:

    Other religions had their own fair share of wackos, though perhaps they were not as public. Two years ago, in the north of India, large riots by Hindus resulted in the murder, rape and torture of hundreds of Muslims.
    Christians managed the crusades and the Inquisition. A perfect cure for the inherent violence in man hasn’t yet been found.

  4. moorishgirl Says:

    Erik, thanks for the comment. Yes, those other wackos get a heck of a lot less coverage.

  5. Janelle Says:

    There’s plenty of white, Christian wackos. The only thing is that when a crazy white guy does something no one blames it on the religion, they just blame it on video games and heavy metal.

  6. Drapetomaniac Says:

    Afaik, he threw the grenade into a tent of his commanders, not comrades, i.e. he was trying to hurt his leaders. This is also similar to how fragging worked in Vietnam. And his brother left the army because of harassment for being a Muslim, that he was harassed as well doesn’t seem unlikely.

    I suspect that the answer to why Islam gets the wackos is that it is a religion that recruits in prisons (Richard Reid?) and in low-income communities, i.e. places full of stressed people in difficult situations. If you put people in a war-time situation, some of them will break, that’s simply the way life is.

    Though I hope that there is no other incident of this nature, what I’m hearing from the reactions of returning US servicepeople, the shock at the fact that Iraqis are not all greeting them as liberators, makes me nervous.

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